Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk in the studio

Five years ago, when Jim James, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and M.Ward first toured together, they were all very individually talented.  Collectively this could be one of the coolest music projects I have ever seen.  Honestly, I am very intrigued by this group of musicians.  All of them have very different musical styles and voices but they have somehow found a way to come together and make an album with elements of country, blues, easy-going rock and of course folk.  This of course makes it hard to classify this particular album as a whole.  Conor Oberst talks about the name of the band “The name is very misleading, which I like. I think it’s good to have a little bit of misconception. If I had heard that name, I would think, first, that it’s a terrible name, and then I’d picture guys on bar stools, unplugged style, playing songs like that. But I think the record has a lot of different dimensions and I’m pretty happy with how it came out.”  The album “Monsters of Folk” is available on September 22, 2009.  The album was recorded in Mogis’s studio in Omaha.  There was just one rule for these sessions, Oberst explains: “We only wanted the four of us to play on it, no hired guns. We took turns playing drums, bass — it was really fun.”  Jim James, agrees: “It was very peaceful and hilarious. No ego. No drama. Just a lot of song-trading and ideas floating around and good times.  These guys really dug down deep and learned from each other to make this album.  They literally put all they had in to it.  The band will be starting a worldwide tour in October.  Of the 16 North American dates to be played this fall, $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to a local charity.  I’m excited to hear this album and see what they came up with.  Ill conclude with a quote from Mike Mogis, “The camaraderie and mutual respect between the four of us opened the doors for a uniquely creative experience.  It’s something I haven’t experienced before and it’s really enlightening, I felt the energy I had when I made my very first record. It’s an invigorating feeling.”

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