We are Monroe
Often categorized as a post-punk revival band, the 4 guys behind We Are Monroe will themselves claim they are in no way trying to reinvent rock. The music they create is based on an mash of everything inspiring them, leading it to a drum/bass rhythm core. Ballsy, yet unpretentious, We Are Monroe delivers a form of dancy, indie rock with an edge, that intrigues from the very first chords, and smittens any crowd after just one song. True Story: there is a very real 93 year-old rocking lady to prove it.
We Are Monroe, which officially formed in early 2012, slowly came together over time, starting with the high-school friendship of Pete (bass) and Ben (drums) in the late 90s; their coincidental, home-brewed beer-fueled meet-up with Jay (guitars) more than a decade later; and finally, the not-so-casual encounter with Pat (vocals, guitar) who was unashamedly snatched from his band by the other three members in late 2011.
Nothing says humble beginnings like a rehearsal space in a fabric store's basement, especially when the jams must be muted at the flick of a light controlled by the store's manager as customers walked in. Still, the hours of music each member has put in, all while slaving away at full-time professional jobs, have helped them pay their dues, first on the local scene, and now as they slowly grow their reach thanks to the reputation of their performances.
The raw, hard-hitting, high-energy dynamic that embodies each and every single one of their live shows has proven worthy as the guys are steadily selling out venues and playing internationally renowned festivals such as the Ottawa Folk Fest, the Festival d'été de Québec, and M for Montreal.
Having shared the stage with some of the best local, national and international acts such as The Dears, The Damn Truth, Foster the People, We Are Wolves, Plants and Animals, Elephant Stone, Tommy Stinson, The Beaches and American Authors to only name a few, We Are Monroe are well on their way to becoming the best hidden gem of the eastern Canada indie rock music scene.
With the release of their first EP in the spring of 2015, Montreal's CHOM FM has continuously given the band some well-deserved air-time, even scheduling them on an on-air interview and performance during its morning show, and naming ''Funeral'' in the top 30 of 2015's best songs of the year.
We Are Monroe is currently in the process of recording its first full-length album which is set to be released in the spring of 2017.