Fans of Bellingham, Washington's Mono Men will soon have two more
records to add to their collections. Ten Cool Ones lands in stores this
week and features ten cover tunes, including songs originally recorded by the
MC5 and the 13th Floor Elevators. The Men will expand their catalog once more
in January when they unleash yet another full album, this time of all original
The Mono Men are, arguably, America's greatest contemporary
garage band with a reputation for rocking hard while using few chords.
The group's masterpiece was Sin & Tonic, released in 1994. Sin &
Tonic is one of the best pure rock albums to be released in the last ten
years. According to Mono Man Dave Crider, Ten Cool Ones contains songs
by "bands we really liked, and that we've done live before." Some of the covers
include "54-40 or Fight" by Dead Moon, "Return of the Rat" by the Wipers,
"Already Gone" by the Miracle Workers, and "You're Gonna Miss Me" by the 13th
Floor Elevators and "Kick Out the Jams" by the MC5. Ten Cool Ones is "a
little bit different sounding," than other Mono Men records, says Crider, which
he attributes to working with different amps. Nonetheless, he says, "the feel
is the same." The album was recorded at Seattle's Egg Studios, and is being
released not on Crider's own Estrus label, but on Scat Records.
as-yet-unnamed collection of originals will come out on Estrus, which
celebrates its tenth anniversary next year...
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