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
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"
Their sound invents new curves and punctuations and procures melodic
textures that are sensually attractive.
1. Last Goodbye
4. Ha Ha
5. Don't Go
6. A Perfect Stranger
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