Sputnik Monroe was formed in 2003 and currently can be found tearing up stages in the Los Angeles area. Their basis for creating music, was to make something that was unique to them and appealing to their taste. In doing so they formed a sound that was technically invigorating and refreshing to the listeners ears. Taking cues from The Mars Volta, Dredg, Pink Floyd, Ours, and Radiohead, and doing it quite well, they began to stir up a nice buzz for themselves. After recording a 4 song ep in early 2004, the path was being paved.
After playing many a show with their friends One Mile Wish and Thinking Aloud, it was becoming apparent there was a huge market for this sound as the crowds grew larger and larger. So after playing, writing, and practicing for over 2 years, it was time to lay down their first album and the desire to make it special was overwhelming. Taking their time and not rushing themselves to get this album out was a certainty. This was going to be a gut wrenching and tedious procedure that would end in a work of art they would be totally enthralled with. It's modest to say they succeeded on every level.
Their debut album Wake The Sleeping Giant, is a mammoth 10 song, 45 minute ride. It is sonically ambitious and melodicly endearing throughout. Where their long-lost brothers in The Mars Volta try to blow your mind with unintelligable soundscapes and opaque words, Sputnik Monroe draw you in with a sincere brand of working man's progressive rock. They never bore you with 15 minute self indulgent drone fest nor do they stoop down to please all with cookie cutter flavor's of the month. This band has a mission, and one listen to this bold new album should help them get there.
The Mars Volta