We layer spontaneous vocals, acoustic and electric guitars with vocal harmonies and keys with electric bass, and blend some loops with synths. We like to play energetic shows. I tell stories about the songs, about my experiences and observations. Connection with a live audience is extremely important to me; the cyclic energy and everyone feeling part of it.
For the past few months I’ve been playing shows promoting my self-titled album. We made a music video for the current single ‘Silent War’, a song about marriage equality. As well as touring and releasing independent albums I also run Aardvark Worldwide, a music program for young people with chronic illness – aardvarkworldwide.org – and I’m music business mentor at teen-run record label Decibels Records in Melbourne.
3.Best Gig Ever
Best gig was supporting The Bangles at The Palais, Melbourne. I try to put bad gigs out of my mind but let me just say there was one that ended with me in the toilet at the venue after the show standing in vomit that was not my vomit!
New tracks from The Bamboos and Neko Case. Recently I’ve seen gigs by Martha Wainwright at Melbourne Recital Centre and Frente’s Marvin The Album Tour.
5.Your Ultimate Rider
I’d have a massage to prepare myself and then request a direct line to the PM’s office to voice my grievances on proposed Tasmania world heritage delisting, equal marriage rights, treatment of asylum seekers, chaplains in schools program and the distasteful way in which members of his cabinet conduct themselves in Parliament. My band request nothing on the rider, they leave it to me. I guess that makes them actually really beautiful people.
Catch Monique Brumby at theGallery Bar, Oxford Art Factory onSaturday July 12