Liverpool. Paris. Bosnia. Born out of three cultures, Monitors are a group based on friendship. Formed in Paris in 2017, the group consists of Emil Balic (composer / bassist) and Chris Remick (lyricist / singer). In 2019 Feodor Trotta (drums) joined the group, providing electrifying percussive power to an already powerful live act. Although an optimistic group, Monitors do not shy away from writing about modern social concerns, which are both troubling yet hopeful. The lyrics are inspired by William Burroughs, JG Ballard and Edgar Allan Poe.
The group have worked with a range of quality producers and artists, most notably Henry Padovani (the first guitarist of The Police). Their debut release Notes From The Aftermath (2019) dealt with themes of isolation, ecology, addiction and corruption. It garnered encouraging reviews in the French music press, and received considerable airplay. Their second release The War Office (2021) addresses the turmoil of a dying past and a disorientating present. This record features the group’s quarantine song of 2020 : Bloody Mary.
Their musical style oscillates between punk and electro. It is a collision of uplifting new-wave, underground techno, and punk tradition. Inspired not only by contemporary culture but also by classic works of art, they are an energetic and unifying cohesion of sound.