Major and the Monbacks by MAJOR AND THE MONBACKS


On May 12, 2015, MAJOR AND THE MONBACKS from Norfolk, Va. will be releasing their debut self-titled album, which showcases the bands talents exceptionally well on 10 tracks that don’t miss a beat in maintaining the spirit of 1960’s rock and roll, but with their own modern twists and shouts. The seven-piece band goes by many different genres — soul ‘n’ roll, twang pop, and good old Americana. Whether they are playing to a fraternity or sorority party, a local music festival, or a library gathering, they always bring the energy, and this record is no exception. We had the opportunity to listen in advance to their work, and we assure you, it does not disappoint.

The album opens with the bright horn section, led by saxophonist Nate Sacks, blaring through the speakers on “I Can Hardly Wait,” which is complimented nicely by Cole Friedman’s sexy bassline. The song itself is filled with passion and energy, represented equally well by guitarist and vocalist Harry Schloeder. The song itself is almost tropical, and makes one reminisce to simpler times during the summer, which makes its release perfect timing for the summer music festival season. The band will of course be taking full advantage of this opportunity, including performing at Dominion Riverrock in Richmond, Va. on May 15-17, 2015.

Another personal favorite song on the album is “Sunshine,” on which the band shows off their collective vocal harmonies, while still maintaining their colorful, soulful talents on each instrument. Leading the vocals on this song is Friedman’s brother Neal. The band definitely harkens back to more classic bands in pop, including THE BEACH BOYS, THE BEATLES, and OTIS REDDING, to name a few. They really do shine on this one.

The album finishes quite literally with a bang on “I Do,” as drummer Bryan Adkins pounds the skins of his drums. The song itself is a celebration of life and love, which is at the core of each MAJOR AND THE MONBACKS song. The song will surely get audience members up on their feet and dancing to this exciting, dynamic tune.

Joe Fitzpatrick

Joe Fitzpatrick

As editor-in-chief, Joe is very passionate about promoting music and culture in Virginia and DC. A resident of Falls Church, Joe enjoys going to shows, checking out local breweries, and trying new foods with friends.

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