If ever a band has been misnamed, it’s Monsters of Folk. It’s members aren’t monsters, but rather accomplished musicians who are highly regarded by their peers. M. Ward has a successful solo career and has released a successful album with Zooey Deschanel, along with producing a slew of great albums. Jim James’ band My Morning Jacket is one of the darlings of the indie scene. And Connor Oberst and Mike Mogis are part of the best band from Nebraska, Bright Eyes. None of their bands could truly be considered folk, and when they get together the music they play has elements of folk, but has enough elements of country, blues, and rock that folk purists wouldn’t claim it. None of this should be interpreted as a slight against the band. Rather it’s a cry to look past the label and listen to the music, because even those who don’t appreciate folk will find something to like with this band.
This group of indie-rock stars first got together in 2004, when they were all on tour with their various bands. They started hanging out and playing together, and it eventually led to a tour. But due to their busy schedules they didn’t around to making an album until this year. The eponymous LP Monsters of Folk came out last week.
“Sandman, The Brakeman, and Me”
“The Right Place”