Monoganon’s vibrant blend of disjointed psych-pop and jazz-grunge bristles with energy. Alongside guitarist and singer, John B McKenna, are Andrew Cowan (guitar and backing vocals), Susan Bear (bass), and Keith Smith (drums), all providing dexterous and intuitive accompaniment.
F A M I L Y, the band’s 2013 release was recorded in a week in Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts. The album has been worked over with love and unfettered imagination. Monoganon’s raw talent is barely harnessed and pinned down over the rush of these nine songs. Within the dynamism is an inspiring spontaneity that conveys a bold and beautiful approach to song-writing. An abstract expressionist spirit haunts the recordings as the process of creation seems to be crystalised in each perfect piece of music.
The songs, with shifting time signatures and unpredictable structures are laced with ethereal vocal lines that climb and wind to add to their dream-like quality. John’s voice glides along over the chaos, like another instrument and the harmonies are otherworldly.
If you are lucky enough to get to one of Monoganon’s rare live shows, (john lives in Malmo, Sweden, while the rest of the band reside in Glasgow) then you should prepare yourself to bear witness some of modern pop’s hottest avant-garde filth, as Lost Map’s sexiest band wow you with an intoxicating display of musical innovation.