The Monsieurs do not make music for gentlemen or gentlewoman. Their name dismisses proper French and proper English. Their music is just as unapologetic, gritty and only taking cues from the garage it comes from. Their latest full-length and self-titled album is more fuzzed punk sound, with singer Andy Macbain ripping through on every track. The vocals come at the listener almost in taunts, and background vocals from instrumental powerhouses Hilken Mancini and Erin King offer a tuneful contrast. Fuzzy guitar fills in the extra space, with rhythmic repetition that follows the same pattern just enough before digressing into spontaneous angry outbursts, like a musical barfight breaking out from nowhere. With these explosive moments, the songs are a dismissal to definite structure, using the perfect mix of howling vocals and powerful bursts of guitar and drums as a different kind of organization. The lyrics have the same confidence, with simple, assertive rhyming. Songs like “Kari Ann” use these overt rhymes to create the same upbeat jeering effect. The album is the perfect formula of flailing garage punk with small doses of pop and rock. With the oozing confidence and mangy grunge of a true punk band, The Monsieurs simply do not need manners.
The album is out now on Slovenly Recordings, and you can catch The Monsieurs playing a fuzz-filled show with Nice Guys and Free Pizza on December 5th .