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