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Monsters Are Waiting
Retone Records

Monsters Are Waiting's debut album Fascination is a collection of punk/pop/rock atmospheres that welds alluring jades of vocal percussions, guitar torques, and crisscrossing keyboard laurels, all written and produced by the band themselves. The songs were recorded in pieces using Wet 'N' Dry Studios, Hoola Hoop Studios, and Cliffton Studios in California, yet the tracks flow seamlessly using a diversity of factors in the mix.

The licorice-sweet vocal tenders of Annalee Fery on the leading track "Last Goodbye" are shoaled by the youthful drum nodes of Eric Gardner and laminated by the sonic keyboard planes of multiple band members - Annalee, Eric Gardner, and Jonathan Siebels. Even trickier is how the band's bassist and guitarist Jon Siebels and Andrew Clark are able to swap between playing the bass and guitar. In a band where each member can practically play each other's instruments, you never know who is doing what. They are all able to influence each other's parts and show each other how to play them.

The guitar grates on the title track "Fascination" create a sawing effect coursing through the melodic fields cutting a country flange accent through the punk fused movements. The mellow dials on "Nobody" infuse a seductive aural in the breathy vocals caressing the melody, tailoring the voice to fit the rhythm of the current. "Ha Ha" and "Don't Go" have perky grooves frocked in forlorn lyrics and spurts of guitar wedges pushing through the melodic fabric.

"A Perfect Stranger" shows variables of post new wave influences and funk/rock pneumatics. "Firefly" is a penetrating ballad with guitar eruptions broiling through the bridge and waning down in the outro. "Christine" jingles with swaying reggae rhythms and malleable vocal intonations. "Monsters" is punk versed in a shroud of handclap backbeats and sweetly toned vocals. The final number "Time" binds a reclining tempo with encircling drum loops and twilights of keyboard vaults.

Monsters Are Waiting's perky mixture of punk/pop/rock contours is rejuvenating. Their style has references to Sound Team, Zero 7, and Mojave 3. The band is performing live shows on a club circuit tour presently and showcasing their music video for "Fascination" at myspace.com/monstersarewaiting. Their sound invents new curves and punctuations and procures melodic textures that are sensually attractive.

-Susan Frances

1. Last Goodbye
2. Fascination
3. Nobody
4. Ha Ha
5. Don't Go
6. A Perfect Stranger
7. Firefly
8. Christine
9. Monsters
10. Time

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