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Uncle Monsterface

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Uncle Monsterface is many things: a sock puppet, a giant monster, a power inside of us all.
But for our purposes here, Uncle Monsterface is a rock band also known for a lively multimedia stage show.
What follows is our discography, in reverse chronology, along with a few notes about the stage shows/tours surrounding each album.

RISE of the LAVA MEN

RISE of the LAVA MEN


"RISE of the LAVA MEN" is the third full-length album created by Uncle Monsterface, released in August of 2014 after being successfully funded on Kickstarter in July of 2013.

LISTEN TO IT ON BANDCAMP
(and please see the Bandcamp page for a full listing of performers and tracks)

Team Monsterface set out to explore the outer reaches of their mysterious home, Dino-Skeleton Island. They sought a quest (or a bar), but instead found a cave, and fell in. When they looked up, upon the walls they saw the painted tale of the island's ancient iconic protectors, The LAVA MEN.

These are their songs.

Signature songs that emerged from "Rise" include the title track, "The Brain Rocket Scientist," , "The S.C.U.B.A. Diver," "Meow Meow," and "The Spaceman."

  "RISE of the LAVA MEN"  represents a departure for the band in a few ways. After Perfect Jimmy retired, E. Epic Swanson stepped in on live drums and Hidden Harlan Muir joined on keyboards. Both new members added sonic dimensions as well as their song-writing voices to this full length concept, which for the first time featured all live drums and a horn section. What emerged was a denser and darker album, all told.  This album also represented a departure for the live show, which began as a completely pared down straight-up rock show and eventually evolved to incorporate staging and costumes by  Syn Styling  and video projections featuring the many related 2-d elements created in tandem with the album, collaborations between myself,  Epic Swanson , and  infEhnite Design , much of which evolved side-by-side with our TV pitch for  "Team Monsterface and the Seven Layers of Space."  The  live show was exclusively toured in NYC and Brooklyn.   Two more short EP's  were also released in August and September of 2012 leading up to "RISE," featuring early iterations of the songs for  The NINJA  and  S.C.U.B.A. DIVER  as well as a few rare tracks.

"RISE of the LAVA MEN" represents a departure for the band in a few ways. After Perfect Jimmy retired, E. Epic Swanson stepped in on live drums and Hidden Harlan Muir joined on keyboards. Both new members added sonic dimensions as well as their song-writing voices to this full length concept, which for the first time featured all live drums and a horn section. What emerged was a denser and darker album, all told.

This album also represented a departure for the live show, which began as a completely pared down straight-up rock show and eventually evolved to incorporate staging and costumes by Syn Styling and video projections featuring the many related 2-d elements created in tandem with the album, collaborations between myself, Epic Swanson, and infEhnite Design, much of which evolved side-by-side with our TV pitch for "Team Monsterface and the Seven Layers of Space." The  live show was exclusively toured in NYC and Brooklyn.

Two more short EP's were also released in August and September of 2012 leading up to "RISE," featuring early iterations of the songs for The NINJA and S.C.U.B.A. DIVER as well as a few rare tracks.

"Jokey Jingles"

"Jokey Jingles"

 

Released in late 2008, our second EP "Jokey Jingles" is a FREE collection of cover songs by Uncle Monsterface.

CHECK IT OUT ON BANDCAMP

"Jokey Jingles" is the culmination of several years of live covers, featuring our two most widely-performed covers, Oingo Boingo's "Little Girls" and Madonna's "Like A Prayer." Also featuring songs by The Aquabats, The Residents, and Britney Spears, the album is a kind of love letter to some of our seemingly disparate influences.

The album also represented the final full recording with the legendary Perfect Jimmy, who additionally authored the insane and wondrous cover art.

"This Is An Adventure"

"This Is An Adventure"


Released in late 2007, "This Is An Adventure" is the second full-length album by Uncle Monsterface. The album was self-produced at Dino-Skeleton Studios.

LISTEN TO IT ON BANDCAMP NOW
(and please see the Bandcamp page for a full listing of performers and tracks)

"This Is An Adventure" was primarily written upon the band's arrival in New York, and served in many ways as a salute to that colossal change. Featuring several songs that would go on to become signature pieces such as the title track, "Go!", "The Gary Gygax Song," and "Rock 4 Luv," mixed in with several other deeper cuts.

The album is very dear to our Monsterface hearts, as it was so deeply collaborative in every way imaginable - from song-writing to mix - it is in many ways the flagship Monsterface album. The fact that it features the artwork of the phenomenal Daria Tessler is still a point of pride.

  "This Is Adventure"  also marked the birth of what would become much of our signature touring live show for several years. This included a giant puppet theater and video projection fort made of bed sheets and lots of big monsters (in addition to the well established presence of sock puppets and inflatable animals and objects). Uncle Monsterface himself was often accompanied by a giant, living, mashed potato and a huge vampire. Who fought.  Many music and interactive videos were also included, all of which toured extensively, most notably as part of the national Unlimited Enthusiasm Tour with  Harry and the Potters ,  Math the Band , and several other amazing friends of rock in a kind of DIY rock-and-roll multimedia summer camp of awesome.  This is a great video a cool person took from that tour.

"This Is Adventure" also marked the birth of what would become much of our signature touring live show for several years. This included a giant puppet theater and video projection fort made of bed sheets and lots of big monsters (in addition to the well established presence of sock puppets and inflatable animals and objects). Uncle Monsterface himself was often accompanied by a giant, living, mashed potato and a huge vampire. Who fought.

Many music and interactive videos were also included, all of which toured extensively, most notably as part of the national Unlimited Enthusiasm Tour with Harry and the Potters, Math the Band, and several other amazing friends of rock in a kind of DIY rock-and-roll multimedia summer camp of awesome. This is a great video a cool person took from that tour.

"Nintendode: Songs for the Big N"

"Nintendode: Songs for the Big N"


The first EP and second recorded release by Uncle Monsterface was "Nintendode," originally released November 16, 2006 in tandem with the release of the Nintendo Wii as a salute of excitement to one of our favorite things: Nintendo.

LISTEN TO THE FULL EP ON BANDCAMP
(and please see the Bandcamp for a full list of performers and tracks)

The album would go a long way to establish our geek credentials, but it also established a staple song and piece of our live set. Whenever the band performs the single from the EP, "I'm Sorry (But Your Princess Is In Another Castle)," we took to projecting Super Mario Bros. and getting an audience member to play while we performed. 

We STILL love doing that...

"Letter Green (I Love You)"

"Letter Green (I Love You)"


"Letter Green" was the first full length album by Uncle Monsterface, released in 2005.

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM ON BANDCAMP
(and please also see Bandcamp for a full list of musicians and tracks)

As a freshman debut, it is a quite dear to us, truly epitomizing our unbridled enthusiasm intermingling with our tastes for the somehow-sentimental yet deeply surreal and absurd.

While many of the songs were culled from my earlier Song-a-day project, a few more collaborative pieces started to emerge, too. The most noteworthy staple from this group is Lobster Buidling, which is still frequently a closer. Other regular favorites include Chocula, Capes, Pets and Derockracy

Earliest inklings of our bonkers stage show were already appearing in support of "Letter Green," too. Sock Puppets and a giant dancing version of Uncle Monsterface joined the fun early, and interactive videos and an inflatable army were not far behind. All of which toured nationally as one-half of the wonderful collaborative "Potterface" tour - a two week misadventure that was also a collaborative song and video-a-day blog sponsored by The Boston Phoenix.