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Take 5 : Monitors

Pan-European post-punk trio Monitors talk about music, dancing, and their new EP, The War Office

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.

Tell us a little about yourselves.

There once was a Scouser in Paris,

Who met a Bosnian guy in a parish,

They formed a band,

Walked hand in hand,

And now they are talking about marriage.

How would you describe your sound and art?

Twisted euphoria – like being invited to a private party with free beer and free pizza but the chairs are uncomfortable.

Why do you make music?

To make people think, dance and cry. All the same time.

Recommend us some music. Who else should we be listening to right now?

The last release of our friends 2PanHeads is amazing and it’s called ‘Cockroach’.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

To dance with strangers at midnight to ‘The War Office’, our new EP which was released on the 2nd of April.

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