From within the heart of the Palma de Mallorca region of Spain there has stirred in the past couple of years, a fresh and exciting storm of graveyard rock n roll. It comes in the thrilling shape of The Monster Ones, a band which collects the essential essences of various styles and flavours to create a fusion which leaves all fans from psychobilly and rockabilly to punk and horror rock, an energised limb casting explosion of energy. The quintet is a force on the rise and one we wanted to know much more about and find what drives their obvious hunger. So we had the band tell us all.
Hi, welcome to The Ringmaster Review and thank you for taking time to talk with us.
Firstly would you please introduce the members of The Monster Ones?
The Monster Ones are:
-Carpi Malone: Guitar and Back Vocals
-V: Guitar and Back Vocals
-Cecile The Beast: Lead Vocals
-Maf: Drums and Back Vocals
-Elvis Lugosi: Bass and Back Vocals
When and how did the band come about?
In 2008, Carpi and Cecile started the band, along with Bukake Kid (bass) and the help of some friend drummers; we collaborated with them in the early shows as we still did not have an official drummer in the band.
It was so fun! In just 15 days after getting a place to rehearse, we gave our first concert. We had no idea how to play, but had a great time, and from the beginning we have had the support of our family and friends who have encouraged us to learn and evolve day by day.
Your music is a great hybrid of punk, horror rock, glam, rockabilly and more. How do you describe it when asked?
Good question! hahaha! We used to call it Horror-Glam-Punk-Rock Band.
It’s just what you say … A mixture of many things we love, and we will not spare any of them. Rock ‘n’ Roll is beautiful in all its aspects, and we love to play with them all.
Many, many influences, yes! We are 5 members in the band that have musical tastes in common as: Misfits, Ramones, Cramps … But each of us, individually, brings his/her own influences too.
I am right in thinking the band has evolved from initially playing cover songs to the all original composition making group it is today?
Yes, our first show lasted only 20 minutes, and consisted solely of covers of some of our idols (Misfits, Ramones, Turbonegro, Iggy Pop …). But immediately after, we started to compose our own songs.
Tell us about the early times of the band and how easy or difficult it was to find a place in Spanish rock music.
Well, from the beginning we have this eagerness and enthusiasm to work; we believe that’s fundamental to make a site in the rock scene anywhere. Stay there, no matter what happens … And the harder it is, the more effort we put.
Is there a vibrant rockabilly/garage/horror rock scene in your homeland?
In our home, Mallorca Island … If you rely only on the local music magazines, the predominance is for Indie Pop
But really, if you visit the rehearsal rooms or go out to see concerts, you can see that there are great bands of Punk Rock, Metal, Rockabilly and Garage.
You released the Transilvania Rock City EP in 2010 and last year the excellent I Wanna Be A Teenage Monster!! EP. How would you say the band has evolved between the two in the aspect of songwriting and the sound itself?
In “Transylvania Rock City”, we recorded with a different formation to the present and served as our first experience in a recording studio.
Now, together with the current members, we feel our sound and compositions much more defined and worked.
In 2012 we decided to start experimenting with home recordings made by Maf (drummer). We recorded our songs in his living room, it was very useful to carefully analyse our music, and in this way we can improve.
From these recordings is where “I Wanna be a Teenage Monster!!” was born. It contains four of the most simple and direct compositions of The Monster Ones, of which we feel very proud.
How does the songwriting work within the band?
In our band we are five songwriters. We all love to create, and we always do it together in the rehearsal room. It’s fun to see how each of us brings something different than expected, but which engages perfectly with the final composition.
The songs are steeped in horror, sci-fi, and comic book imagery and essences. Are these areas the major inspirations for your lyrical imagination or do you take the ‘horror’ of every day as a provocative factor too?
Horror, sci-fi, and comics are the main inspiration. Also very useful are the dreams and nightmares.
Tell us about your live shows, I hear they are an event few forget once tasted 🙂
Thanks, it’s the best we can hear about our shows! 🙂
In our live shows, we forget the boring real world and focus on the fun.
Yes, we like to dress and make-up for every performance … It is a form of expression, and also a way to carry over our audience with us to this imaginary world of horror and Rock ‘n’ Roll. We want them to get into the story and feel part of it.
Tell us about Zombie Walk and Zombie’s Party in Mallorca which I believe you helped found in 2010. Is this now an annual event and what do they comprise of?
Yes, it is an annual event that takes place every summer, thanks to our friend Adrian Garcia, who makes the hardest work of organizing this. Each year come more zombies, surpassing the 400 undead in the 2012 edition. The route of the Zombie Walk ends with a Zombie’s Party, where we give a show, along with other friend bands, varying in each edition.
Soon we’ll begin preparations for the 2013
Yes, we have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Monster-Ones/117290895817
and also our official website: www.themonsterones.com
Both updated with latest events and news from the band.
How do you feel about the internet and its part in the rise and arguably demise of the chance of success for new emerging bands?
It is a very useful tool, both for the bands and for music fans.
Where do you hope to find The Monster Ones in five years?
Evolved, full of good experiences, with several albums behind us, and many others to record. Stay there and keep rocking!
What is next from the band and plans for 2013?
In mid-February we’ll get into the studio to record our first LP.
Of course, we will continue writing new songs, and we fervently wish to tour outside our home.
Thank you, Pete. It was a pleasure!
To all our friends and fans: Thanks for your support, you’re great! Keep rocking with us, guys!
And lastly give us five moments which shaped the destiny of your musical direction personally or within The Monster Ones.
1. – The entry of V (Monster-Guitar). Great composer, and gives better shape to existing songs adorning them with his riffs, and Maf, (Monster-Drummer), perfectionist to the limit, which always encourages us to improve ourselves.
2. – The entry of Goatboy (bassist during a year in the band in 2011). He provided great ideas and recorded with us on I Wanna be a Teenage Monster.
3.-The entry of Elvis Lugosi (Monster-Bass), now bringing his forceful and elaborate riffs
4.- Our video clip “Teenage Ramone”, by which we were chosen “COOLEST SONG OF THE WEEK” in New York’s Radio Show Little Steven’s Underground Garage. This has made known our music in many more places around the world. Thanks so much, Steve Van Zandt!!!
5. – And at the end of last year was carried out the voting for “THE COOLEST IN THE WORLD 2012”, among the 50 songs of very great bands. We got to the No. 5, we see it as a great achievement and an honor. This has also been a great help to make our music known to the world.
The RingMaster Review 23/01/2013
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