Q&A: Take Aim with More To Monroe
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:34:48
Get to know these Maryland upstarts
More to Monroe vocalist/guitarist Chris D'Aquino is the subject of the Take Aim today. The Maryland band's Appalachia EP is out September 18. It boasts the sort of push and pull, razor sharp post-hardcore that mixes the urgency of Fugazi, the emotive power of Thursday, and the molten metal of Glassjaw. While More to Monroe have roots in the early '00s sound, they remain modern and current on their conceptual EP.
If that sounds good to your ears, then read on and get to know More to Monroe and find out who "Jack" is and how he factors into Appalachia.
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More to Monroe is what happens when four guys with undiagnosed ADHD get together in a room with high gain Marshalls turned clearly too loud for anyone to think straight.
If you were not doing music, you would be...
I think it really varies member to member. I know our drummer and I would probably both be in school. I don't really know what the others would be doing. I guess we don't really talk about it, with music being such a big part of our lives and all.
Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?
We all definitely have our things! As a band, hiking and backpacking are hobbies we all share, except really our bass player Johnny. I don't think he likes to get down in the dirt as much.
Pick one song on your EP and go deep.
The EP, Appalachia, is a concept in itself. It tells the story of a kid named Jack who finds himself lost in the woods after he runs away from his town. I think '500 Days' is lyrically my favorite song from the EP, so I'll explain it a bit. In the song, Jack comes across a lake —really, it's more like a pond— in the middle of the forest. Much of what is said is a conversation between Jack and his reflection. It represents Jack's view of himself: how he realizes his own problems, which he had always blamed on those around him, really stem from within him.
Finish this sentence. More to Monroe are the band that will…
… will buy you Chipotle.
Watch the music video for "Jack" from More To Monroe:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
More To Monroe's 'Appalachia' EP is released September 18, 2015 via Roadrunner Records.