2-piece grunge/punk lovechild, Monocle was formed in 2016 by Nathan Smith (guitar), Jeff Ingle (drums) and Becky Whitlock (vocals). They spent a year locked away, thrashing out songs of heartbreak and hedonism, during which time Louis Barnes joined them on bass.
Emerging onto the scene in 2017, they found themselves sharing bills with Bristol’s punk regulars. This punk incubation – and the hard knocks of austerity Britain – turned their focus to corruption, decay and the emptiness of our digitalised era: Tracks like Datais (an Incel’s bitter howl of entitlement), and Hither (which traces America’s descent into Fascism), burst forth.
Channeling Idles’ fierce social commentary, the anguished brute force of the Smashing Pumpkins and the Mars Volta’s experimental hardcore, Monocle reject the empty platitudes of mainstream music. Theirs is a call for collective outrage to shake up an increasingly apathetic world.
Soon after the release of their debut single Becky and Louis left the band and what was looking like the end of Monocle instead turned into a wave of creativity, the remaining pair locked themselves in the studio and knocked up a series of slick tunes they are now testing live in various venue around the UK before heading to the studio at the end of the summer.
Beatbuzz Records is happily waiting to hear more material and can’t wait to share their new single soon!
Guitar and more: Nathan Smith
Drums: Jeff Ingle
Apr182019Venue: Stagfest @Mothers Ruin - Bristol, UK
Apr252019Venue: Rough Trade - Bristol, UK