Black Monk Time by Monks

The Monks are one of those hugely seminal groups who other hugely seminal groups name drop. With these lot however, it's wholly deserved. Their music and sound has influenced countless of bands and genres, including garage rock, punk, experimental rock, hardcore, krautrock, and psychedelic rock. Formed whilst stationed as GI's in Germany in the mid-60s, the group decided to carry on the band when they returned home. They play a hard-edged, fuzzed-up and darke take on garage rock, which sort of sounds like a beat group playing punk rock. Venomous, pissed off and strictly anti-war; The Monks were the real deal. Will appeal to fans of The Fall, Stooges, MC5 and The Sonics.

Vinyl Double LP £25.99 LITA042

Ltd 180g vinyl hand numbered gatefold 2LP on Light In The Attic.

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CD £14.99 LITA042CD

CD + 36 page deluxe booklet on Light In The Attic.

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Black Monk Time by Monks
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9/10 Brett 12 June 2009
It's beat time! It's Monk time! After years of reading Mark E. Smith banging on about them and wongly assuming that The Monks would be just another cool 60s garage band I finally checked them out a few months back at Brian's suggestion and I'm glad I did because Black Monk Time is 3000% amazing! These dudes went to Vietnam and ended up forming a beat combo in Germany which eventually evolved into the funny haircuts and gimmicks that give them quite a solid claim for being one of the first conceptual art rock bands.. Not that that's all they have to offer, their good-time anti-war stance overall sound are equally extraordinary with more raw bite than you'd assume possible for a record made during the era. Extraordinary stuff and if you've any interest whatsoever in bands like The Sonics, The Seeds or the myriad one-'hit' wonders featured on the Pebbles or Nuggets series' then this is an easy recommendation.. The double LP's a bit of a hefty price but it's a lovely package, with a heavy duty tip-on gatefold sleeve and extensive notes on the insert. If that's overkill then the CD looks tasty enough!
10/10 Marcos Customer rating (no review), 22nd July 2020
10/10 Jonathon Customer rating (no review), 21st May 2020


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