Tahoe Daily Tribune: New Monsoon brings fresh material to Tep’s

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San Francisco quintet New Monsoon has always been influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd, Santana and the Allman Brothers Band.

The group’s latest album has a Little Feat vibe to it, but New Monsoon has mostly been feeding off each other’s experience and musical creativity, said singer and guitarist Jeff Miller.

New Monsoon’s not-yet titled new album is expected to be released in the next few months. It will be the first studio album for the band since 2007’s “V.”

“I think we’ve really kind of influenced each other because we’ve really worked on the arrangements of the songs,” Miller said, adding the group’s three singers have been working on their vocal abilities and harmonies.

“I think the biggest new thing that we’ve really been working on is our vocals and really trying to make those a feature of the group,” Miller said. “I think it will really show on our album.”

The album includes upbeat rhythm and blues complimented with heavy guitars, according to the guitarist.

“As a five-piece we really have melded something that, to me, is really something unique,” Miller said.

While the band released a live album in 2009 and is always playing shows, the new songs have brought a renewed freshness to the longtime act. Over the past six months the band has been firing on all pistons, Miller said.

The band has been playing some of the new tracks live, while leaving others as a surprise for when the album is released.

The band looks to have a seamless set with few breaks, creative segues and long jams, mixed with succinct songs, Miller said. A recent show went for 2.5 hours and was a little marathon-like.

“Not to toot our horn, but we’re good at it because we’ve been doing it a long time and we have fun, and I think that fun is infectious to the crowd,” Miller said.

The band typically attracts a good crowd at Lake Tahoe.

“We love coming up there,” Miller said. “People are always really enthusiastic and supportive of us.”

 

New Monsoon New Year’s Eve Party at The Connecticut Yankee

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New Monsoon is throwing a party at one of our favorite venues in the Bay Area, The Connecticut Yankee, hosted by our good friend and icon of the music scene, Fritz. The Yankee is an institution for friends and family to come hang out in a place where everybody knows your name. It’s the perfect space for us to ring in 2014 with you, the folks we want to celebrate with most! We’ve been working really hard on our new album and we’ll be playing some of the recorded tracks before the live performance. New Monsoon will perform 2 sets starting at 9:30pm. Get your tickets in advance and come have a champagne toast with us at midnight! Visit the event page for more info.

New Monsoon Halloween at Sweetwater Music Hall

NM-Halloween-250x345wpThursday Night October 31st downtown Mill Valley… as the fog rolls in and darkness falls on this majestic Marin town, the doors will open on the most rocking Halloween Concert and Costume Party of 2013! Get your costumes ready now because everyone will be entered to win amazing prizes in the costume contest. Best of all, this is a New Monsoon concert! We love rocking out with you guys at the Sweetwater and as usual we’re going to blow the roof off. The band will perform the classic Pink Floyd album “Meddle” in its entirety along with a full set of original music.

We are also thrilled to be including special guest Emily Yates, Eventual Ukulele Superstar as her “Eventual World Domination Tour” continues! Get your tickets now and help us make this the greatest Halloween Party around!
All ages. Doors @ 8PM – Show @ 9PM. (Updated 10/31)

GARYFEST

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, New Monsoon is rescheduling our music festival Garyfest 2. The event, which takes place in Houston Texas, will be moved from November 1-2, 2013 to the spring of 2014. We’ll make sure it is even bigger and better than ever. We apologize for any inconvenience this has presented to our fans.

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