Label: Drag City Release date: 02/08/10 Official Site Monotonix are not a band to listen to, they are a band to feel. Not only have the various stage antics the band partakes in endangered their lives; they’ve made them a notorious force in the garage rock scene. While they’ve since reported the first ever injury for singer Ami Shalev, gone into the studio with Steve Albini (the sessions of which birthed this single), and finished up work on their second full length, they’ve put more releases into 2010 than any other year. Their second single this year, 'Fun, Fun, Fun/Try, Try, Try', manages to capture the energy and fun (fun fun) of the band unlike any other release to date. Immediately noticeable is Albini’s influence on the recording. What with the cutting guitar, roomy drums, and vocals kept slightly more reserved than expected (in terms of their volume), this sounds like the band was meant to sound. Given Steve Albini’s favouring of live studio sessions, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this was recorded using one live take as the basis. Shalev is also in his element, at his most snarling and forceful next to the adrenaline-fueled live performances. In spite of these benefits, there are some issues (of course). Noticeable is a bit of banality in ‘Fun, Fun, Fun,’ to the degree where the song can seem a bit too much like a Stooges + Dino Jr amalgamation ripoff. In fact, the B-side, ‘Try, Try, Try,’ fares better by driving itself on a rollicking guitar riff that drives everything motorik style. All the forceful drumming the world also can’t cover for the sad state of the toms, which often ring out unpleasantly and dominate the entire song for their entry. It’s minor, I know, but the kind of thing that just weakens the single on a purely aesthetic level – especially when everything else is so meticulously mixed. By no means do I feel any less excited about Monotonix’s second disc – hell, I feel more excited knowing it was also recorded with Albini. This single definitely generates the steam and push needed to build anticipation for this LP, and serves a perfectly nice role as a standalone effort. Photobucket