Thursday, July 05, 2007

Angel And The Love Mongers

Bringing together the seemingly disparate sounds of dark, synthy electro-pop of the 1980s and guitar-based classic rock makes it difficult to put a finger on the sound of Knoxville, Tennessee’s Angel and the Love Mongers. Formed in the spring of 2004 by singer/guitarist Angel Zuniga and drummer Eric Nowinski, Angel and Eric were drawn together due in part to their diverse approach to music.

Angel, who takes many of his musical cues from alternative dance bands of the 80’s, such as Depeche Mode and Erasure, is a former actor and model that confesses to have spent his formative years in front of a mirror practicing his dance moves instead of playing air guitar. Eric, on the other hand, who cut his musical teeth on The Beatles and spent his youth playing air guitar to Queen and Cheap Trick recently gave up his career as a trial lawyer to pursue music. At first glance, this would appear to be a musical mismatch of cosmic proportions. However, this diametrically opposed approach to music is one of the things that allow Angel and the Love Mongers to create such a unique, bracing sound.

Angel and the Love Mongers first album was a collection of 11 catchy alternative/pop songs produced by Don Coffey, Jr., of Superdrag fame. However, for their sophomore effort the band wanted to broaden their musical pallet and therefore sought out the help of legendary artist/producer Mitch Easter. The culmination of this effort is The Humanist Queen, which will be released on September 4, 2007 on Rock Snob Records.

Although The Humanist Queen can be appreciated solely for its lush arrangements, soaring harmony vocals and song craft, it would be a mistake to ignore the lyrics, which sometimes take a dark and abrasive look at the motivating elements of power and control in today’s culture. This oppositional approach to songwriting results in a unique yet somehow indulgent musical canvas that must be heard to be fully appreciated. Other notable musicians who lent their talent to the making of The Humanist Queen include Mitch Easter (Let’s Active) Tim Lee (The Windbreakers and the Tim Lee Band) and Paul Noe (The Judybats). Highly Recommended!

Angel And The Love Mongers - The Humanist Queen
Angel And The Love Mongers @ MySpace

Angel And The Love Mongers - The Dance Hall (Live @ Bonnaroo)

Metric - Grow Up And Blow Away (2007) !!!
T.I. - T.I. vs T.I.P. (2007)
Mae, Saosin, Legion Of Doom, etc.
Paramore - Riot! (2007)
Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (2007)
Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (2007)
+ The All-American Rejects, 30 Seconds To Mars, Avril Lavigne, etc.
Albums: Bright Eyes, Bloc Party, The Shins, Death Cab For Cutie, Kill Hannah, Oasis,
The Killers, The Postal Service, The Flaming Lips, Oasis, Modest Mouse, etc.


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