Boomkat Product Review:
To suggest that The Monks were an influential band would qualify as a gross understatement: their work in the mid-sixties set out a blueprint for punk, garage rock and even the motorik grooves of krautrock. Evidence of this is strewn all over their 1965 debut Black Monk Time. From their absurd, free association lyrics, fuzzy dissonance and beat-heavy rhythms its plain from the very beginnings of opener 'Monk Time' that this band made a clean break from '60s conventions. The drumming is raw, fearsome and more closely connected to the brutal stomps of rhythm & blues than the more conventional rock music of the day, which combined with the surreal yelps of 'Higgle-Dy Piggle-Dy' renders a very strange intermingling of childlike aggression and discordant grit. While Black Monk TIme is by no means a tuneless dirge, the guitar is used more as a noise machine, prefiguring the sort of sounds the Velvet Underground would later wrench from the instrument, and the wild organ solos only barely hold together the structure of the songs. Re-released with six bonus tracks, Black Monk TIme is an album everyone should hear, and this latest edition gives you an ideal opportunity. Genuinely seminal, hugely influential material that needs to be heard to be believed - a huge recommendation!