We are Monroe are, in my eyes, already famous. These gentlemen will make Montreal 100% proud. You want to know why? Because they sing about relationships of the human kind in a straightforward way, and the tunes bang out harder than a donkey punch. I would have liked to see them at Le Belmont this past January, and I can only imagine it went down well. The music from the Funeral EP on their Bandcamp page is such a teaser- damn you, We Are Monroe! Three songs is just not enough, so I’m going to buy the Funeral Deluxe Vinyl Package online on their website once this review is complete !
The first song “Funeral” jumps into high gear with drummer Ben and bassist Pete rocking a post-punk rhythm. Jason on guitar and Pat on vocals and guitar make it complete with precision-distorted riffs and an angry, melodic singing style reminiscent of the Killers, but much more raw and edgy.
“Tiger in a Box” bashes you in the face with an upbeat, post-punk-inspired rhythm section and unforgiving lyrics such as, “I tried to help you but you turned me away, I have the words, have the mind, have the heart to tell you that I couldn’t stay when it’s all about you” and, “So why you hating on me.”
The high energy continues with “Bitter Teeth” as the band brings you a story told through lyrics like, “Changing your mind all of the time, living a lie” over a four-chord progression.
With songs like this that provoke you to ring someone’s neck that’s been pissing you off and then dance up a frenzy to celebrate, I see a lot of people connecting with We Are Monroe, especially in this city. I for one will definitely not miss their next show in Montreal.
Written by Enzo Catania
*edited by Kate Erickson