Funk legend George Clinton stated “Just by getting a little taste of Funk, you’re going to be hooked.” Well local band Green Monkey have well and truly proven that quote to be accurate with their debut EP. If you like no mess music with quality lyrics a heavy bass and a bit of craic then this EP is right up your street.
The EP kicks off with “Young Bloods”. The smooth bassline accompanied by the drums sets up the song nicely. It’s refreshing to hear a heavy use of cymbals which adds another dimension to the song and is incredibly evocative of old school funk. This song, however, doesn’t fit any one genre; it has elements of funk, 90s psychedelic with a Rage Against The Machine-esque guitar solo at the end. The lead vocals instantly make you think of funk mixed with 90s R&B. His voice is so laid-back and accompanies the music brilliantly. The entire song is chilled out and fun and builds up to a climatic ending with hard drums and impressive guitar work. I love that the final lyrics are simply ‘Bring It’, this sets up the rest of the EP perfectly and leaves you wanting more.
The second song “Fuck Years” starts with a very 70s vibe and the song can be described as a, let’s say, list of conquests. It’s one of those songs that you can sit and chill out to and then tune in every so often and question did they really just say what I think they did? The answer is yes, this song is incredibly fun but maybe one you’d want to keep an eye on the volume if your parents are home.
“Hush” is probably my favourite song on the entire EP. The intro is reminiscent of a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack. There is a slow build up to the chorus that explodes with heavy cymbals and the ominous repetition of the word ‘Hush’. The song immediately reverts back to the chilled vibes before completely changing again at 4 minutes in. The song reaches that climax that we are getting used to throughout the EP with a heavier guitar and drum accompaniment. A very random connection I made with the song was with the Streets of Rage 2 soundtrack. It had that foreboding, walking through a dangerous city at night feel to it. This is a fantastic record that will have to be listened to over and over.
The final song is the live version of “Time to Get Up“. This is a nice change to see how the band actually play together and incite a reaction from a crowd. The bassline in this song will send shivers down your spine. The entire song is fun (much like the rest of the EP) and instantly makes you want to go to a Green Monkey gig. The drums and guitar work in perfect harmony with each other. One thing I have loved throughout this EP is the prominence of every single member in the band. There is no one instrument that dominates and the vocals are always consistently fantastic; everyone makes sure they are heard and prominent.
You probably don’t need me to tell you by now that I think you should listen to Green Monkey’s EP. The buzz word in this review is fun; that’s exactly what this EP is. You can tell how much craic the band is having playing together and this is only reaffirmed in the final song ‘”Time To Get Up”. Definitely check it out and see the funk genre become reignited in Belfast.