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Monkey Bite - 2002 Out Of The Way




ARTIST: Monkey Bite
ALBUM: Out Of The Way
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Marc Ferreira - vocals, guitars * Alex Ferreira - drums, vocals * Andy Guerra - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Super Perfect World * 02 Change The Weather * 03 Your Experience * 04 Boomerang Girl * 05 You Don't Know Me Anymore * 06 Talk About It * 07 She Promised * 08 She Changed Her Mind * 09 Train * 10 It Got To Be * 11 Twice


Background
Monkey Bite are the band put together by the Brazilian brothers Ferreira. Now located in Denver Colorado, these guys previously went under the name of Cartoon, and both bands have been mentioned previously on this site during 2001. This time around the quartet have another batch of tracks out, and they zoom in on the nu-breed market with laser like precision. It's catchy, melodic, pop, and contains enough zest to delegate your Viagra tablets to the waste bin! The band are similar to a cross between the edgier side of 40Ft Ringo or Invertigo, and the modern efforts of Nelson and Bon Jovi. Marc Ferreira's voice is a deadringer for Jon Bon Jovi in many places, but that certainly does not detract from the music.


The Songs
Lets kick it off with 'Super Perfect World' and 'Boomerang Girl' - both are a couple of commercial tracks that could easily get airplay from college (if they're bold enough to play it that is!). In fact they are so good they could be radio singles! I'm sure that our resident pop 'head' Andrew Ellis will get a kick out of this pairing. Even 'Change The Weather' which has some chugging rhythm guitar for the most part, says hello to Nelson like harmonies on the chorus. The jazzy mid-section is quite cool too. 'You Don't Know Me Anymore' is full of teeny-pop energy bordering on 'brat attitude'. Next track 'Talk About It' is an admirable attempt at a rock ballad, containing some soaring guitars and nice vocal harmonies. The Nelson impact returns on 'She Changed Her Mind', mainly an acoustic workout with electric bursts here and there. Probably the most interesting track is the variable effect of 'Your Experience'. Check this one out for contrast and sound effects. A couple of jangly pop efforts called 'She Promised' and 'Twice' unfortunately diffuse what is overall, a strong collection of tunes.


In Summary
As you can see, these guys are unsigned, and somewhat like the band I mentioned before (40 Ft Ringo), I ask myself .. 'why?'. There's more talent wrapped up in the little finger of Marc Ferreira than most of the dross signed to big labels right now. A&R people sit up and take note: 'you need to experience a little Monkey Bite!


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