Truth be told I have very little idea what kind of music is popular in Korea. I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Monday Feeling on their five-song self-titled EP The Monday Feeling. Turns out in this case they play music that is influenced from American and English bands. The band mentions huge dinosaur rock bands like The Who and The Rolling Stones but I for one heard a lot of influence by ’90s alternative music.
The five songs aren’t introducing much in terms of inventive concepts or playing styles but the band does rock. They open with “Open” which contains a good amount of rock tropes within the first minute. The only thing indicating that they might be from a country that isn’t America are the vocals. You can hear an accent which I think works well. The song is catchy, fairly simply and fun.
The band continues to rock with “The Signs of Dawn.” They showcase some technical skill on this one. The lead guitar solo has a classic feel to it. It is a melodic tune that is straightforward rock. There isn't too much to say about the track but it was a fun ride. The highlight in my opinion was “Midnight Blues.” At one point when the singer is screaming at a high octave he sounds comparable to David Grohl. Along with the impressive singing are some of the catchiest grooves and the ever popular cowbell.
They close with “So Long The City In My Mind” which is a fast strummed song veering on the side of punk rock. The drumming in particular got my attention on this track. There is also an excellent breakdown section where the band goes off and the bassist go nuts.
The Monday Feeling probably won’t sound like anything new to American ears. Their music feels derivative of a number of bands. That being said you shouldn't stop you from enjoying their music. They make a brand of rock that seems be fading faster and faster from the mainstream every day.
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