The Monolithic releases its debut album

The Monolithic releases its debut album
The Monolithic releases its debut album

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Southern Illinois rooted band, The Monolithic, released its debut, self-titled album in June.
Dakota Holden

Southern Illinois rooted band, The Monolithic, released its debut, self-titled album in June and its taking the region by storm.

The five-piece band put nine months of work and creativity into the album, which was recorded locally at MisunderStudio in Murphysboro.

The band is composed of Chris Chamness (guitar, vocals), Hunter Beattie (keys, guitars, vocals), Nick Rhodes (guitar, vocals), Colton Burge (bass), and Shayne Cordevant (drums).

The Monolithic has a sound composed of different styles of rock, blues, and folk. Depending on the writer, each song has a different lead vocalist. Its wide variety of music resonates sounds of The Beatles, The Doors, Wilco, The Allman Brothers, and many other rock influences.

The band’s beginnings started in the SIU music business program in 2015. Over time, the group built up its collection of original material and started recording their debut album in 2016.

Nightlife met with Chamness in Carbondale to talk about the record and future projects for the band.

“Each song sounds different, but it all works together,” Chamness said. “It was off and on for about nine months. A lot of the songs were ready to go, but when you hear it out, you might have to kick a part out here or there.”

At the end of all their hard work, they released The Monolithic, which Chris and the other band mates believe is a great album establishing themselves and their sound.

The Monolithic is available on all music streaming sites featuring thirteen original songs, each with a different identity and style, making the record incredibly diverse. Songs like “Falling” and “Smokes” have a beautiful folk tonality while electric songs “What You’ve Got” and “Further East Side” will make you want to crank your earbuds.

The band is already preparing to record its second album during the winter season. In preparation of their next record, they are also planning their next U.S. wide tour.

“We try and go with the recommended venues from other bands. Basically places people go to listen to music,” Chamness said. “You gotta go where you know your market is going to be.”

The Monolithic has played everywhere from New York, St. Louis, to Texas and hope to start booking dates for summer to promote the record. However, the next local show will take place at 10 p.m., Nov. 16 at PK’s.

 

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