Monster Rally’s debut album Coral is finally being re-released as a limited pressing on classic black vinyl. The repressing will be released on May 6, 2014.
Coral is a collection of old and new tracks from Monster Rally, all recorded between May and November of 2010. Half of the LP features tracks taken from MR’s first three eps: EP, Palm Reader, and Color Sky. The other half of the album includes new material which reflect a variety of influences. Coral draws from African highlife to Bahamian Calypsofrom, and other sounds from all over the globe. The LP is intended to be listened to as a whole, with each track cascading into the next, creating a brief journey back into a time that never really existed.
Announcing “Coral II: The Remixes”, a full re-working of Monster Rally’s debut LP. He assembled an amazing cast of contributors from all over the country and abroad. It’s amazing that such a diverse array of takes on his music still plays well as a whole. Here’s the tracklist.
01. Monster Rally - Color Sky (Cuzzo D & Waes One Refix)
02. Monster Rally - Sun Bum (Rimar Remix)
03. Monster Rally - Sun Videos (Brothertiger Remix)
04. Monster Rally - Land Ho / Masusa (Ander Remix)
05. Monster Rally - Soft Lamp / Palm Reader (Roman Ruins Remix)
06. Monster Rally - The Birds (Monster Rally Remix)
07. Monster Rally - Champagne / Holiday (Triangle Piece Remix)
08. Monster Rally - Cuban Velvet (Superhumanoids Remix)
09. Monster Rally - Moonglow (Yalls Remix)
10. Monster Rally - Heart of Grass (A Thousand Vows Remix)
11. Monster Rally - Rainbow Road (Teen Daze Remix)
12. Monster Rally - Ribbons (Shin Tower Remix)
13. Monster Rally - Swamp Campfire (Andrew G. Pernetti Remix)
14. Monster Rally - A Voice / Big Sur (Daniel Sex Jr. Remix)
15. Monster Rally - Splash Talk (Rumtum Remix)
16. Monster Rally - Story Ends (Teeel Remix)
Download it over at Bandcamp now, or you can stream a few tracks below.
Well, the last copy of Monster Rally’s Coral has left the building. It was a pleasure babysitting them until they found the right homes. Thought it would be fun to share some of the sales statistics:
Total Run = 250
Internet Sales = 175
Reserved for Live Show Sales = 60
Small Distribution = 15
Geographically speaking, the majority of internet sales were in the United States. However, purchases were made from the following countries: Denmark (3), Ireland (1), Netherlands (1), Canada (9), Thailand (1), UK (5), Belgium (2), Germany (4), Russia (2), Australia (7), Sweden (1), Greece (3), France (4), Italy (1), Israel (1), and Lithuania (1).
Downloads directly from the artist on Bandcamp were also a popular avenue to get the record (aside from all those great sites that give away the album for free without asking). Here’s those statistics:
Total Downloads = 1510
Paid Downloads = 120
Average Paid Download = $4.00
We all know that these limited runs don’t make a ton of money. In round numbers, it costs about $1700 to press 250 12” vinyl records with all the bells and whistles. Since we sold the records for a reasonable price of $12, this comes out to a total project profit of about $1300. Add in the digital sales and subtract miscellaneous overhead (internet hosting, etc) and you can see won’t be running out to the nearest Porche dealership anytime soon.
I guess this is just a long-winded way of saying thank you for supporting new artists and small labels, we are certainly in this business only because we love it. Rest assured that you’ll be seeing some new music from Monster Rally in the near future; we’ve got a couple things up our respective sleeves that we can’t wait to share with you all.
If you’ve got any questions, feel free to email goldrobotrecords (at) gmail (dot) com. And, to keep abreast of the latest/greatest Monster Rally news, sign up for our mailing list.
Hunter (Gold Robot) and Ted (Monster Rally)
Many thanks to Tristan Claus Seufert for shooting this video of one of Monster Rally’s recent live performances, it’s exciting to see the show take shape. Definitely want to see more of the visuals, they look awesome.
Also, here are some of my favorite quotes regarding the recently released Coral 12”. There’s a small handful of copies left, you can pick up one of the limited edition pressing (250) for $12 before they’re gone forever.
"Finally a long-player from Monster Rally, combining some of the better songs from their way too brief EPs with brand new material. Still the same tropical vaguely trippy Madlib-ish Hawaiian-exotica-sampling ambiance that I described in a little more detail here, but now the fun actually lasts longer than the weed you’d need to smoke to fully appreciate how awesome their music is. "
- Steady Bloggin’
"By the time you read this, Monster Rally’s LP Coral will have been released yesterday. This is a huge deal for me because Monster Rally embodies everything I love, and everything I will love about my future life in an upscale 1970’s suburban-ish home. It is perfect for my tiki-garden parties and is also perfect for afternoons I’ll spend at my pristinely plain pool with an illegally installed diving board, drinking mojitos. It is perfect for my evenings spent lounging & laughing at my own jokes on chaises with fine wine AND(!) it is also perfect for snorting shit-tons of cocaine & rolling around on burnt sienna shag carpet (I imagine)! This is my future people, my future with Monster Rally. Monster Rally has no idea how critical they are not only to my current lifestyle, but also to my impending future."
- Friendship Bracelet (by Marissa Ross)
"This is only a small slice of the dreamy color and sunshine raining down from this juicy new record from the Columbus, Ohio artist."
"Though a few of the tracks here are pinched from their stellar early work (such as “The Birds” Parts 1 and 2, fused together here for maximum effect), a lot of Coral finds the crate connoisseurs flipping their obscure samples over dusty drum loops and inspired beat programming, sometimes to show that they can almost live up to the loads of Madlib comparisons they’ve received (“Rainbow Rd.,“ the bouncy “Land Ho/Masasu,” the lush “Cuban Velvet“), but primarily to bolster the Caribbean feel of most of their best work (“Sun Bum,” “Swamp Campfire,” “Splash Talk”). All in all, I think Jeff summed it up quite succinctly here: “With the Avalanches marooned in the Outback, Monster Rally win the race to get the closest to ‘Frontier Psychiatrist.’ I’m also really hoping that “Splash Talk” is a euphemism for a frank sexual discussion.”"
- Passion of the Weiss
"Monster Rally is about to drop a new 12″ collection of his sample-based psych-pop beats — which I think I’ve referred to as something along the lines of “Madlib in Tahiti” — next month on Gold Robot. The new record apparently samples everything from “African highlife to Bahamian Calypso,” but here are a couple of tracks that find Mr. Rally exploring the more laid-back, hypnotic vibes of the Avalanches / Quiet Village exotica."
- Gorilla vs Bear
It’s always a good feeling when the new releases actually arrive, which is what happened yesterday with Monster Rally’s Coral 12”. Check out the photo above of the beautiful sea foam green vinyl (it’s SO heavy, we’re quite pleased). We’ll be shipping out the pre-orders this week!