MONKEY POWER TRIO: Tearing Down the Parthenon: 7"

Nov 16, 2010

According to the band’s website, “The Monkey Power Trio only plays one day a year. On that day, they only work for a few hours. In that time, they somehow always manage to create works of inspired genius.” Obviously, there’s sarcasm in that, but I can’t help but think about how “24-hour create-a-zine projects” almost never produce a good zine, even though it might be fun to be involved in doing it. I can’t imagine going back and listening to these songs again. The songs are pretty basic, mildly catchy pop tunes with boy and girl vocals. At first, I was excited because their record cover art is amazing—it features cartoon drawings of monkeys trying to, of course, tear down the Parthenon, but, sadly, the music didn’t live up to the cover art. If this were a cereal, it’d be regular Alpha Bits (the ones without marshmallows). Not horrible, but if you could never eat them again you probably wouldn’t even notice and probably wouldn’t care. It doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing as a project with your friends, but I don’t understand why you’d bother releasing it.

 –maddy (Pocahontas Swamp Machine Recordings)