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LIVE SHOW REVIEWS

"I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your performance last night. I have seen you guys half a dozen times,
but this was probably the first time I saw you in front of your core audience and in your element. You were all obviously having a great time and it showed!

The band's embrace of theatrics is fantastic. You guys really put on a show! Also, your fearless use of comedy and silliness is infectious. There is substance to your silliness and you stuff your comedy with great licks and fun chops!

You guys set up the psychedelic cherry on top that was the Green Jello nonsense perfectly. We arrived just before you went on and were pleased at all the surprises you had in store for us and how you delivered them.

Kudos Monkeysoop!" -- Jose Sanchez

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"Monkeysoop managed to be entertaining through the entire show. They gave it their all at all times, especially during their version of Happy Happy Joy Joy, and toward the end of their set, they invited audience members to sing a song with them, myself included." -- www.metalsetlists.com, Green Jelly, Austin, October 2, 2013

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"Monkeysoop performed four consecutive instrumentals to start their set, mesmerizing those who cared but had never seen them before into wondering when lyrics were going to be sung. Vocals came on their fifth and final offering -- a cover of Green Jelly's humorous Three Little Pigs. It became impossible for yours truly and others not to chant, "Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin!" - Jay Nanda, San Antonio Metal Music Examiner, Loudness show at Randy's Ballroom, 5-28-11

"Sonic Wave Intl. Recording Artist Monkey Soop graciously decided to do the inaugural “Radio Zendo Show”, and we are mucho thankful. Not only were they awesome live musicians but were some of the best showmen and folks to hang with. They played two tracks off their newest release and man did they burn it up, we chatted them up about up coming shows and projects as well as member’s and how long the beast has lived. We’d like to give a big awkward hug out to them and say anytime, anyplace. Check out the new songs and be impressed . . . " - Radio Zendo

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"And then there's Monkeysoop, a band that prompts another question: "What in God's name are they doing?" . . . Connor's left hand taps the strings fast . . . while his right hand gently strokes them with a pick, causing the guitar to squeal like a horse being sexually assaulted in double time. (That's a compliment, by the way.) . . . "Time Traveler" . . . interpolates moments of resonant beauty with passages of pure noise, while Missey works the distorion pedal, Geezer Butler style . . . Missey's powerful voice . . . isn't heard until straight-ahead Misfits cover "Astro Zombies." Her booming, surprisingly deep vocals are a perfect feminine foil for Glenn Danzig's lyrics . . .

Dead or Alive rework "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" plays better, with Laun dragging the tempo to a doom-metal plod . . . Missey's delivery is all Goth melodrama, giving the tired song a fresh emotional urgency.

"Wormhole" and closer "Blades," . . . are all about technical ability, with the former veering off into a time signature that could only be comprehensible outside of a base 10 numeral system, and the latter culminating in a frenetic fingertapping session in which Connor picks Missey's proffered bass like a steel guitar . . . It's hard to imagine Jesus would approve." - Jeremy Martin, The San Antonio Current, 7-22-09

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"The Monkeysoop blend includes furious, polyrhythmic, progressive metal and a more appetizing version of 'new age.' . . . reminiscent of heavy metal circus music. " - Darren Stansbury, SA Rocks

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"Jerry Connor's metal-erotic guitar pulled you out of the urban setting and threw you into the cosmos . . . an easy-on-the-ears . . . high-volume crunch, thrash, bright sound . . . the versatility and dexterity of bassist Erica Missey kept rhythm-to-lead-riffs clear, full, and consistent . . . " -- Ray Calderon, featured in the San Antonio Music Business Expo

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". . . Monkeysoop . . . had no trouble with the job of warming up fans. These guys had a great tone and a great stage show that got the blood flowing . . . " -- Luis Matos

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". . . Monkeysoop's music allows you to meditate deep into thought while the music twists you into a woven web of thoughts, theory, and magical mystery." - Mishaya Paige, the Edge Magazine

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2013 "GRAY MATTER"

"Armed with the wild imagination evident in their adventurous and experimental genre, Monkeysoop featuring Jerry Connor's exciting guitar riffs and playful rhythms add a new kind of listening experience to the boring and monotonous mainstream music." -- South Padre Parade, Sept.26, 2013

2012 "EXPERIMETAL II"

"Monkeysoop — guitarist Jerry Connor, drummer Erica Missey and . . . bassist Sanford Rogers — isn't bothered by the metal moniker. But Monkeysoop also isn't bound by anyone's stereotype of metal, thus the title of the group's new CD, “Experimetal II,” its fifth release on Sonic Wave International.

The heavy (mostly) instrumental outfit can pound it out with the best, and often does. Connor can shred well enough to outrun a threshing machine while Missey and Rogers lay down a foundation strong enough to support a herd of metal maniacs.

But Monkeysoop, on songs such as “Sharp as a Scythe,” “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” and “Mysteries of the Universe,” balances earnestness, speed and all-out technical ability with playfulness and soaring imagination.

Monkeysoop has earned the respect of like-minded musicians. “Experimetal II” includes guest appearances by drummer Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Omar & the Howlers, Tosca Strings) and mind-boggling guitar slinger Michael Angelo Batio." -- Jim Beal, Jr., mysanantonio.com

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Jim-Beal-Jr-Night-Lights-2-23-12-3347683.php#ixzz1o7XbJhjR

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". . . Their fiery thrash metal workouts with lightning guitar solos are punctuated by the surprise insertion of a peacefully melodic acoustic passage in Creatures, while Jerry Connor's original material is topped off with a slow grind through Dead or Alive's You Spin Me Round." -- Alan Taylor, PipeLine Instrumental Review #89, Summer 2012

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2010 "EXPERIMETAL"

"Instrumental RUSH on steroids" -- Strutter'Zine, the Netherlands

2008 "NUNS' NIGHT OUT"

"MONKEYSOOP is an instrumental band playing Classic Rock based around classy guitar riffs and some progressive rock rhythms. Clearly influenced by the 1970s, their album ‘Nuns night out’ sounds quite impressive and also quite diverse..., with calmer parts, rockier parts and sometimes quite experimental in its approach." --- Strutter'Zine, the Netherlands

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"San Antonio has long been a rock 'n' roll town. That's not liable to change anytime soon. But even in a place in which everything from oldies to extreme metal, from classic rock to alt-rock, is everywhere, Monkeysoop stands out.

For one thing, there's that name. For another, Monkeysoop is an instrumental quartet that crafts rock songs that run the gamut from progressive to world-music-influenced. Monkeysoop can create crunching metal and then turn around and bring Celtic and Middle Eastern strains into the mix . . .

. . . The songs evoke Rush, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle, Primus and other artists who mine the instrumental rock veins. With a hotshot guitarist and two bassists sharing the front line, the music could get cluttered quickly. But Monkeysoop does not traffic in wretched excess. Instead, band members put the right notes in the right spots, use dynamics and cleverness and come up with smart music that rocks, even if it sometimes sounds like it's rocking in outer space. . . " -- Jim Beal, Jr., The San Antonio Express-News Weekender, 1-30-09

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"As a former Mixed-Martial Artist - some call us Cagefighters - Monkeysoop is a dream come true. In my underground and professional fights, I avoided predictability by training to music that defied prediction and rocked me into an adrenaline frenzy." -- Former Middle-Weight Champion of the Ultimate Fight Promotions (NM) League and Member of Team Powerhouse (SA) - "Mr. NiceGuy" Steven Bratland

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"It was a workout for the mind - so much going on in the music. It was great. It reminded me of Steve Vai's first solo album - 'Flex-able' " -- Louie 'Lou Dog' Gutierrez

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2007 "COUNTERCLOCKWISE"

"Instrumental Progressive Rock with roots deeply in the 70s, very much guitar based and quite complicated at times . . . the 3-piece band is surely influenced by RUSH, but yet have an own identity . . . it’s a sort of trip or adventure from start to finish with all the tracks forming one big track together. Fans of instrumental progrock should check this out . . . " Strutter'Zine, the Netherlands

2004 "MONKEYSOOP"

". . . a brand of instrumental rock that runs the gamut from the fleet-fingered flurries delivered by the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani to a more playful pop approach. . . features plenty of instro-jam action, enough guitar notes to satisfy most six-string fanatics . . ." Jim Beal, San Antonio Express News Weekender

"The Monkeysoop blend includes furious, polyrhythmic, progressive metal and a more appetizing version of 'new age.' . . . reminiscent of heavy metal circus music. " - Darren Stansbury, SA Rocks

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" . . . (Monkeysoop) lets it all hang out with fat metallic assaults, linear cascades, wall-of-sound embellishments, and shrednik bombast. The title track showcases flipped-out, speedy fret runs and plenty of notes . . . " - Guitar 9

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" . . . good clean quality instrumental hardrock . . . for people into the instrumental sounds of Rush . . . " - Strutter'Zine, the Netherlands (gave us a 7.9 out of 10 - thanks guys!)

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"Instrumental and experimental. The debut album from Monkeysoop is like Joe Satriani meets John McLaughlin. It's a must have for any music fan." -- Amazon.com Editorial Review

INTERVIEWS

Monkeysoop interview done in Rocknation Magazine, Spring 2011 -- http://www.rocknation.us/ - Issue #15, page 25

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Monkeysoop interview done in AlwaysTherro Magazine, Fall 2010 -- http://www.alwayztherro.com/2010/11/13/its-nothing-like-monkeysoop/comment-page-2/#comments

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