Introducing More To Monroe: Roadrunner Signing Ready To Rage
Introducing More To Monroe, the latest signing to the Roadrunner Records roster of talent. Based out of Frederick, Maryland, expect the band to be making fans throughout the States and beyond when their debut EP Appalachia is released upon the world. In addition to the sonic devastation to be found on their forthcoming recording, More To Monroe is currently on tour supporting Reflections and Toothgrinder. Here is a recent interview we conducted with lead vocalist / guitarist Chris D’Aquino to find out more about this raging band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in More To Monroe, and how the band has been together.
Hey, what’s going on guys. My name is Chris. I am the vocalist and guitar player for More To Monroe.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are all from Frederick, MD which is a small city about 45 minutes outside of Baltimore and D.C. The local scene is alright here. Frederick’s indie and alternative scene is growing but the rock scene here is definitely dwindling. There are always some good bands around but attendance to local shows has really dropped. In that regard it sucks. I really hope to see it one day thrive again- and of course it would be awesome to help with that.
How did you wind up signing with Roadrunner Records?
After shopping our first demo around we ended up playing for Dave Rath- the president of the label. He really enjoyed our live show and we began talks from there. The rest is history!
Is there any overall story or concept behind the title of the Appalachia EP? Select two songs from the Appalachia EP and what inspired the lyrics.
Yeah actually Appalachia is a concept EP. The story is centered around the character Jack who finds himself lost in the woods of Appalachia. The EP as a whole just delves into his thinking as well as his motives and backstory for the whole thing. The tracks 500 Days and Horizon for example explore the deepest parts of the story- 500 Days being centered around his internal struggles and Horizon focusing on the story before he ran away. Reading the lyrics and listening to the record all the way through is the best way to get the whole picture though!
What could one expect from a live More To Monroe show?
Lots of energy for sure haha. We always try to keep our live show a bit different from the record to keep everything interesting. We just try to be as loud and as tight as possible and I think that really makes our live show.
Any strange or scary stories you could share while on the road or at a show?
One night at like 2 in the morning we were driving back from a show when we felt a very faint wobbling (what felt like our alignment was messed up). As some background- we have had some bad luck when it comes to our van and breaking down. Anyway- we pulled over to check out the tires and everything. It all looked normal. When we got back on the road though the wobbling got really bad really fast. We pulled off the side of the road and finally saw what was up. All the lugs keeping the left wheel on our trailer were eaten down to the point they were thinner than a pencil. If we had driven another 1000 feet the wheel would have fallen off.
How close are you to writing and recording a full length?
We are pretty focused on Appalachia right now since it is just about to come out- but we are writing pretty consistently. We definitely have a good idea of what we are going for with our next release but for now there have been no official talks.
Has The 1975 heard or commented on your acoustic cover of Sex?
Haha. I doubt it- but it would be pretty sick if they did.
If More To Monroe could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Hahaha, three of the four members would probably say Underoath and the fourth would probably say Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith or something. Underoath is collectively one of our favorite bands though. Playing with those guys would surreal.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Definitely a day old Boston creme. On the outside its hard and a bit grungy; but, as you get further into it the donut has some pretty soft and sweet parts to it.
What’s up next for More to Monroe?
We have got an exciting fall lined up. In September we’re doing an East Coast run and playing The Shindig on the 19th. Appalachia will also be coming out this fall so we are looking forward to that big time.
Any final words of wisdom?
Don’t let your meatloaf.
More To Monroe is:
Chris D’Aquino – Vocals, Guitar
Sam Smisek – Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Jamison – Bass, Vocals
Jacob Maughan – Drums, Vocals
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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