RPM Challenge / Show!

The end of the month is closing in! We’re making good progress though, and I have high hopes that we’ll have some rad music for you at the end of the month. Quite a bit of variety as well – you should be able to hear some touches of Radiohead, Belle and Sebastian, Ben Folds, Wilco, and Death Cab for Cutie in these songs.

Lyrics are coming along. I’m still going through piles of books to get phrases. Here’s a sample lyric:

Stripped in the darkness to the skin
He had left the great seance
That ghost of passion
The last of the dandelions
In your paradise
In circles and jagged lines
In this huge night

In other news, we have a show on Saturday at Cotton Dog Farm! We’re pretty excited. I have a pile of new stickers with the below design. Having a lot of fun with Futura these days. We’ll be giving these out like Halloween candy at Saturday’s show.

That’s all for now!monslahire.vowels

Another write up in the Barometer!

Follow the link to read another story about Mons La Hire in the Oregon State daily newspaper, The Barometer: Music To Be Heard: Mons La Hire

Highlights:
“The band combines the jangling guitar sounds of artists like The Mountain Goats, My Morning Jacket and Lord Huron with the contentious clash of vocals—similar to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.”

“The band finds the middle ground between postmodern Built to Spill styled pop and the loose spacious jamming of Modest Mouse.”

“When you’re in a band, you really need to have the ideas that come from all of your different life experiences come together. That’s where your songs come from, that’s your music,” Watkins said.”

RPM Challenge

I heard about the RPM challenge a few years ago view All Songs Considered, the NPR music show. The host of All Songs does the challenge every year, and Son Lux’s most recent album was composed this way. The challenge is to record an album of new material  during the month of February. I’m happy to announce that Mons La Hire is doing the challenge. We’ve got a ways to go, but have solid starts for about 5 songs. We’re excited to share the album with you at the end of the month!

The album will be a concept album in a way, but only in process, not in theme. The lyrics are to be a collage – snippets from books and newspapers and magazines I’ll be gathering through the month. Suggestions for books to include are very welcome. I’ve included bits of these books so far:

  • A Moveable Feast – Hemingway
  • The House at Pooh Corner – Milne
  • Holes – Sachar
  • The Giver – Lowry
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop – Cather
  • The Drunkards Walk – Mlodinow
  • Being Good – Yun
  • The rubu’iyat of Omar Khayyam 
  • Confessions of St. Augustine
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury
  • Life of Pi – Martel
  • New York Times, 2/2/12
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Wilder
  • Horoscopes for the Dead – Collins
  • Good Poems for Hard Times – Keillor (ed.)
  • Alan Mendelssohn, the Boy from Mars – Pinkwater

I’ve been cutting up a pile of old National Geographics and Time Magazines to make collages for the artwork. I can’t promise that part will be done at the same time as the music, but I’m aiming for that.

Expect a lot of fuzz guitar. Quite possibly a pile of weird noises. But definitely some catchy tunes!