San Francisco’s psychedelic soulsters, the Monophonics originally started out as an instrumental ensemble in 2005. The initial line up consisted of guitarist Ian McDonald, bassist Myles O’Mahony, saxophonist Alex Baky, trumpeter Ryan Scott, and drummer Austin Bohlman, with the recent addition of dynamic soul vocalist and keyboardist Kelly Finnigan. Drawing upon the old soul and psychedelic sounds of the 60’s, the Monophonics have reinvented these classic sounds, bringing it alive in their vibrant music today.
With influences including early Funkadelic and The Temptations the band now explore the sounds of bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Pink Floyd, all of which are now incorporated in their dynamic and experimental sound.
On the 15th of this month the band are to release a new six-track EP titled Mirrors, which is composed entirely of rare cover tunes that have served as an inspiration and influence to the Monophonics who explain how: “We wanted to do a couple of songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explains, “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.”
First track to be released from their forthcoming EP is this glorious cover of The Invincibles 1965 hit, My Heart Cries and what a superb rendition this is! See for yourself and check out the Monophonics cover above and the original below!
Pre-order your copy of Mirrors (which releases 15/2) from here.