“Appalachian-roots-inspired country-punk.” – Popmatters
“They fan the flames and make a person want to start distilling their own booze.” – Daytrotter
Pennsylvania band And The Moneynotes stopped by the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois last month to record a session (hear it HERE) featuring tracks from the band’s upcoming digital/7-inch EP On The Town, On The Vine, set to be released by Prairie Queen Records on May 5th, 2009. The band will also hit the road for about a dozen dates starting this week.
And The Moneynotes began in 2006 as Dr. Horsemachine & The Moneynotes. Based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the group sand-blasted audiences with a unique blend of vaudevillian country bluegrass pop. Backed by a tight rhythm section, the song writing of Mitchell Williams blended wonderfully with the virtuosity of violinist Coleman Smith.
In 2007, after the completion of their first EP, This Year We Hunt, bassist Austin Smith retired to his native Texas. No one man could fill Austin’s shoes, so the band added two new members, Pat Finnerty and Manny Quinn, formerly of Okay Paddy. With added dimensions of new personnel and instruments, not to mention different song writing perspectives, a name modification was in order. Thus: And The Moneynotes. Wishing to capture a moment of inspiration, the group quickly entered the studio and began recording their first full length, New Cornucopia!, a well received collection of jazz, ‘60’s surf, swing, garage-rock, and bluegrass. Continued below…
And The Moneynotes Live:
04/23 Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge
04/25 Philadelphia, PA @ The M Room
05/06 State College, PA @ Bar Bleu
05/07 Pittsburg, PA @ 31st Street Pub
05/08 Youngstown, OH @ Cedar’s Lounge
05/09 Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail w/ The Orange Opera
05/11 Indianapolis, IN @ Local’s Only w/ The Orange Opera
05/12 Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern
05/13 Murfreesboro, TN @ Boro Bar & Grill
05/14 Chattanoga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
05/15 Charlotte, NC @ Sung Harbor
Artist: And The Moneynotes
Title: On The Town, On The Vine EP
Label: Prairie Queen Records
Release Date: May 5th, 2009
01. On The Town
03. On The Vine (MP3)
Continued from above…
Within months of the release of New Cornucopia!, the band has produced a new group of songs for a 7-inch vinyl EP. On The Town, On The Vine is a four song set that reflects the blessing and the curse that is living in Scranton, PA, And The Moneynotes’ hometown. Faces, personalities and experiences have all seeped into the albums lyrics and over all theme. This time, they have called on old pal Nick Krill to help with production from the start. To round out the record, the band has included “Souraina,” recorded during their second session at Daytrotter Studios. On this new effort, the bands’ sound has evolved once again by adding a blend of folk and early rock and roll to the mix.
With lead vocals on the record split evenly between Mitch Williams (acoustic guitar) and Mike Quinn (electric guitar), and background vocals from the rest of the band ranging from heartfelt four-part harmonies to raucous gang hollers, the listener is captivated for the entirety of the EP. When the song calls for an instrumental break, Roy “Norge” Williams (piano) and Coleman Smith (violin) weave their swing-influenced layers over the foundation of Quinn, Pat Finnerty (electric bass), Setty Hopkins (drums) and Brian Craig (percussion).
The current line-up of And The Moneynotes has taken their traveling road-show (often featuring intricate segues, giant horse heads and kazoos) throughout the Northeast, South, Southeast and Midwest over the past year including a stop at South By Southwest 2009. And The Moneynotes have had the pleasure of performing with Ra Ra Riot, The Spinto Band, Loney Dear, Illinois, Oxford Collapse, Hoots & Hellmouth, Drink Up Buttercup, Sam Champion, The Rosewood Thieves, Tally Hall, Explorers Club and many other local and regional favorites.
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