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INTERVIEW: Monster Eats Manhattan

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We have been outstanding! We are so excited for the universe to hear our new EP called Cages. We are so proud of how it turned out and cannot wait to play it live for any and all folks, and to generally just party with people.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Call To Arms”?

It is definitely the most aggressive song on the EP. It was one of those songs that just clicked in every way. Every vibe we were feeling as individuals while writing it just seemed to jive with one another perfectly. Once the opening riff was written we all just stopped and looked at each other and said “um yea that’s gonna work.”

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The fucked up political and social landscape we currently find ourselves in. It is an anthem that is anti anyone or anti any establishment that tells you how you should live your life.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We are working on treatments and looking for the right director. We plan to have it out before the end of the fall.

The single comes off your new album Cages – what’s the story behind the title?

Cages is about people trying to put up a barrier around your progression, mentally and actually. There are so many people that can’t stand another person’s success or improvement and they will find anyway to inhibit it, by trying to imprison you with toxic ideas about who you really are.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was the best we have ever experienced. We worked with Mitch Marlow (In This Moment, All that Remains, and He is Legend) and it was the perfect match. We like to party and take in our surroundings while he is content with a cup of coffee and his mixing board. He doesn’t drink or do drugs, but we have those beautiful black out moments from time to time. His ideas were fresh and it was a total collaborative effort. It is hard to recall there every being a negative moment. Maybe it was the blackouts.

What role does St. Louis play in your writing?

It will always be our hometown but it will always be the place we are trying to escape. I think everyone’s hometown will always have a place in their heart but deep down they know there is a whole other world to see and experience. That is what we want to do.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

All I have to do is open up twitter for about five minutes and someone will disappoint or disgust me enough to inspire a new idea. We are not angry and we don’t feel misunderstood, but we have always tried to find that ultimate release with our music which most times feels like we are venting or caught in the middle of a rant. We can write happy songs but we are generally happy dudes, so we try to divulge in the other emotions trying to get out.

Any plans to hit the road?

ASAP! we are currently booking festival dates and smelly weekend van dates with our friends and hopefully our future friends.

What else is happening next in Monster Eats Manhattan’s world?

Write record and write and record; With live shows in between. We want to have two music videos out by the end of the year and we want to continue to grow as a band. Our new EP is our most mature EP but we most certainly are not done yet, we are just getting started.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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