Happy summer!! We return to the stage at Downtown Stamford’s ‘Alive@Five’ on Thursday, August 13 at 5:00pm. We will perform before Shaggy!
Get ready for some brand new, ass kicking Monkfish tunes. We will have shirts, hats, and our new music available for purchase DURING OUR SET ONLY..
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the event. Open to all ages BEFORE 7:00pm. 21+ AFTER 7:00pm.
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By Justin Pottle
Friday, May 23 2014
It takes playing small gigs at small clubs in front of tough crowds. It takes long days of practice and precious optimism. And it takes constant reinvention. Just ask Mongolian Monkfish, a group of Greenwich High School buddies who’ve graduated into the crowded Metro New York music scene. The Horn-laden funk sextet started as four neighborhood friends – vocalist Jamie Khalifa, bassist Nick Coletti, drummer Sammy Lebreton and guitarist Gianni Barbera – riffing on a Southern California reggae-rock.
“What we originally wanted to do was pretty easy with the four of us, but over the years we got bored with it,” said Lebreton. “We wanted to fill out our sound a little more, so we started experimenting.”
As they played shows in small venues throughout Fairfield County and New York, their sound, infulenced by other bands they met along the way, began to revolve toward R&B and funk. Two old friends, Ben Pinkert on trumpet and Oskar Perskaas on saxophone, and a new one, keyboardist Helena Martin, joined the roster.
“We took the edge off the guitars, turned down the distortion,” said Coletti.
“It’s a more mature sound,” Pinkert chips in.
Lebreton’s quick to interject: “But we still rock out.”
Now, despite playing together for several years, the band remains in flux. But that’s not a bad thing – Mongolian Monkfish deftly passes from their early hard-charging funk to a more nostalgic, AM radio sound – sometimes in the span of a single song. They’re all working towards finding a sweet spot, the band says.
They’re all working towards finding a sweet spot, the band says. “We’re all pulling back a little,” said Coletti. But the band, now in their mid-20s, says they’ve got their priorities figured out.
“Even if we don’t get a lot done in our practices or when we’re recording,” said Pinkert, “it’s never a waste of time.”
That ideal, playing music for music’s sake, isn’t a new or inaccessible one. And even for those who long ago gave up a life on tour and on stage for steady employment and a mortgage, its effect isn’t lost. Read More