Dirty Dozen: Monticule

Monticule, 2016Edinburgh born trio Monticule can’t really be pinned down but if you were to say ‘soulful-bluesy-country-rock’ you wouldn’t be wrong. Their unique style has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes. 

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?

Following high praise from BBC Scotland and Another Country with Ricky Ross with their singles ‘Vultures’ and ‘Pros & Cons’, Monticule progressed to playing the main stages at the sold out Hebridean Celtic Festival and FyneFest in 2016. They also had a featured session with BBC Introducing on Radio Scotland (August 2016).

How would you describe your music?

Bluesy, soulful-americana

Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?

Coming from various musical backgrounds, we naturally fell into this genre of music on our first rehearsal. We each picked a song to jam out and they all fit the same style. Interestingly however they were all songs by female vocalists; Feist, Anais Mitchell and Civil Wars.

What are you currently promoting?

We are aiming release our next single before the end of the year.

Have you got a particular song you’ve done that you’re particularly proud of, one that might define you?

Our current single Pros & Cons is our favourite song to perform live. Having self produced, recorded and released it to a sold out crowd was a highlight. The video (filmed in Oslo) was a good laugh too.

What are you currently listening to?

James Vincent McMorrow’s new album “We Move”.

And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn’t do without?

Stevie Wonder – “Innervisions”

What are your hopes for your future career?

Continue to enjoy making our music and playing it live to as many people as possible.

If money were no object what would be your dream project?

Play live up on the International Space  Station.

What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Playing a song you’ve written live to a crowd that sings along with you.

And the worst?

Forced social media posts.

Finally, have you anything you’d like to say to the readers of Americana UK?

Thanks for getting this far in the interview, we will see you at a show soon…

Author: Rudie Humphrey

Rudie is the weekly host of the syndicated radio show - The Horseshoe Lounge Music Session - playing the best American Roots and hosting terrific live guests.

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