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Related styles: ROCK: Emo, POP: Pop/Rock
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After a year of tremendously entertaining shows at NYC's premier indie-rock hot-spots (including Living Room Lounge, Monkeytown, Peteâs Candy Store, The Zipper Factory), the rapidly emerging Brooklyn band Kind Monitor (aka KM) hit Joe's Pub stage for a summer-time EP-release show in mid-July, 2008. The band's first mini-album includes studio versions of audience favorites "End of the Game," "Cairo," and "Somebody Saves". The Joe's Pub show celebrated the many talented musicians involved with the EP.
Blogged about as an "engaging" band with a "dynamic stage presence," Kind Monitor has become known for delicate song-writing, intricately melodic bass-lines, and top-notch live shows chock full of guest musicians. KM has shared the stage with Shortbusâ velvet-voiced crooner Scott Matthew, the outrageous Lady Rizo, indie-rap star louis logic, and, more recently, a host of well-textured jazz musicians. (Scott Matthew is featured on guest vocals on two tracks of the EP, "I love the Ending" and "End of the Game.")
Recently, journalist Adam Bernard featured Kind Monitor as his Artist-of-the-week and asked questions about the EP and the band. Below is an excerpt, the full interview is at: http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2008/07/artist-of-week-kind-monitor.html
Adam Bernard: The indie rock group Kind Monitor struck a chord with me with their unique cover of âBillie Jeanâ and the live Louis Logic laced remix of their original song, âCairo.â According to Kind Monitor (or KM), the bandâs name represents a bit of a guardian angel quality, with Kind meaning a source of kindness in a cruel world and Monitor meaning someone assigned to watch over another. This week I caught up with Joshua Aaron Guthals, the man behind Kind Monitor, to find out more about the group.
Adam Bernard: Start me off with the Kind Monitor story. When and how did you come together and become a group?
Kind Monitor: Kind Monitor developed out of a deep love for intellectually oriented beautiful rock music. I was living in England doing a year abroad at Oxford and there was this moment where I found myself leaving my apartment having written yet another essay on some Dickens novel, mad at myself for giving up on my music studies in high school, walking down the rainy streets of Oxford to a music store and buying myself my first guitar so I could become a rock star like all the people who make the music that excites and stimulates my head. I wanted to do that to other people's heads. That was about ten years ago. Songs began to spill out of my head and at some point they reached a critical mass and were begging to be played and heard by other people. That required a couple of little things; me to tackle my crippling stage fright and shyness and, well, to find a group of amazing musicians to come together to build these songs into something that could be shared live with audiences. Kind Monitor came together as a project that could finally start playing on New York stages when several of my close friends basically staged an intervention with me. They were like, âJoshua, you've been writing songs for years, you love music, it's all that you doâ¦ how about let's be in a band and get you out of your apartment and on stage?â I owe those friends a lifetime of thanks. It just goes to show, that a dream deferred does not always dry up like a raisin in the sun.
Adam Bernard: Just this past week Kind Monitor released their first EP at a show at Joe's Pub, it's called 'Somebody Saves My Life Most Every Single Day.' What do you hope people feel when they put it on?
Kind Monitor: I hope itâs a romantic world for the listener, and the songs are all a bit blue, too, so maybe people will feel some nostalgia and melancholy. What's so cool to me about pop songs is that in three or four minutes you can be swept up in a whole world of thoughts and ideas and feelings that disrupt your mental course and with these songs we wanted to create that space for the listener to drift off sideways, or up into the air, and then gently deposit them back down on the ground at the
end of each song.
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