The notion of monsters once conjured up haunting images of fanged vampires and ghostly goblins but with the music of four-piece indie rock band ‘I LOVE MONSTERS’ the picture has become far less frightening, and quite frankly, downright delicious.
‘I Love Monsters’ began its journey when three of the members met at Connecticut College and officially formed the band in 2008 when the fourth member joined in New York City. Since then the band has casted its ghoulish spell on the hearts of many New Yorkers, amassing a loyal fan base in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Not bound by the ties that often come with a label, ‘ILM’ is self-produced, self-motivated, and the autonomy has proven fruitful. Still a young band, the group has already been heard in several television show such as ‘MTV’, ‘A&E’, and ‘The History Channel’.
Recently their song ‘Heart/Beat’ was featured in the premiere episode of the new season of Entourage. In keeping with their humble nature, none of the band members were aware of their HBO debut until some time after the episode had aired to which they responded by laughing and saying, ‘I guess that’s pretty awesome’.
The band’s fuss-less, high quality, low production persona shines in their new music video for their latest release ‘Spine’. The video resembles a loosely choreographed summer shindig, as the band plays in casual garb smiling at one another as if sharing some indie-outdoor-inside joke. The scene is dusted with young exuberant friends throwing footballs and shooting super soakers, drenching the air with unbridled gaiety.
The video may as well have been a candid recording of a live show, sans super soakers, through which ‘ILM’ has and continues to establish much of its fan base. When listening to ‘ILM’ the melodic blasts and contagious, fresh lyrics act as endorphin releasers sending arms and legs flailing, turning the audience into a collective giddy dancing octopus.
With Brett Spigelman’s playful personality on bass and vocals, Jeff Jeudy’s funky flair on guitar, Jon Tortora’s beastly drumming skills, and Micah Weisberg’s edgy flavor on guitar and vocals, the whole room converts into a full-fledged dance party.
‘ILM’ played at Mercury Lounge in the east village this July, popping the cork on much of their new material sending fans into a bubbly frenzy. The four young musicians are the hot musical version of the Rice Krispie boys with their unofficial slogan ‘Rock. Dance. Pop.’
With their work hard, party harder, and play hardest philosophy the only monstrous thing about this burgeoning band will be their growing popularity.
‘ILM’ will be playing at sea at the Rocks Off Cruise in New York City on July 29th and at Lit Lounge in the East Village on August 20th.