The Name of the Game: The Monikers’ Charming Sound

The Monikers by Lauren Desberg
Photo by Lauren Desberg

If you’re looking for tracks to liven up your summer playlist, look no further than the refreshingly captivating band The Monikers. Within the first thirty seconds of listening to their EP, Taliesin West, you’ll understand why it’s exactly what you’ve been missing so far this summer. These tunes, especially the surf-y opening track “Surfa Rosa (Pink Waters),” are the perfect soundtrack for a day trip to the ocean or a hot summer night spent cruising with the windows down.

There’s something really new and almost gritty going on with their sound, most likely owing to the dedicated innovation that comes hand in hand with young musicians such as these recent college grads. It’s difficult to nail down the Monikers’ music to just one genre, or even to identify which decade influences them most. It is in this versatility that the band’s mission — which aims to produce songs crafted like intricate, unique spaces — comes out.

The Monikers are great for lovely, lazy days; their meandering melodies, multi-voice choruses, and spots of hard rocking interposed with gentle moments provide a unique sound that feels whole and satisfying. Check out their Bandcamp to listen to Taliesin West and keep an eye out for their follow-up EP, due out in early autumn.


– By intern Nora Brouder 

About Nora

A recent graduate into the “big scary real world,” Nora’s life is mainly comprised of embarrassing situations, great adventures, and meticulous journaling about both. Nora tripped on stage while receiving her college diploma and then promptly moved 3,000 miles away, but somehow her parents still love her. She is music-obsessed and can be expected to pump up the jams and dance like a crazy person every chance she gets.


2 Responses to The Name of the Game: The Monikers’ Charming Sound

  1. Quincy 08/07/2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Ohhh, I love! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Annie Lee 06/02/2013 at 1:19 am #

    awesom music. thank you for sharing

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