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Rejection Set Me Free

by The Monolators

Sounds like punk rock after listening to Syd Barrett, Buddy Holly, and Sesame Street Fever.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Summertime In My Car
2:44 $0.99
2. Radio's On
2:17 $0.99
3. Take It Outside
1:44 $0.99
4. She Got Beat Up By The Floating Eye
2:31 $0.99
5. Trouble I'm In
2:35 $0.99
6. Office Drone
1:45 $0.99
7. Feed Us A Live Insect
2:33 $0.99
8. Rejection Set Me Free
2:00 $0.99
9. Tiny Bicycles
2:19 $0.99
10. This Is Goodbye
2:47 $0.99
11. Prom Queen
1:31 $0.99
12. When The Saints Collide
3:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Los Angeles-based garage punk band The Monolators formed in the fall of 2002. Drummer Mary Chartkoff and guitarist Mike Dennis were playing together in an unnamed (and slowly dissolving) living-room jam band when banjoist Eli Chartkoff met Mary at a bar. Now a spunky trio, they shuffled between names and instruments before playing their first show as the Monolators in September 2002, with Eli singing and playing bass guitar. Since then they've gigged constantly in the Silverlake club scene and released their debut EP, "Hi-Fi Sound." Tracks from the EP made their way on to LA radio play lists, with airplay on KXLU's legendary Demolisten show, KPFK's Nixon Tapes, and KCRW's Weekend Becomes Eclectic. In May of 2003 internet zine No-Fi Magazine added to the media scrutiny of the 4-song disc with a gracious review and a plum spot on their streaming radio show, immediately following Grand Master Flash!

With melodic tunes, playful lyrics, a frantic stage presence, and general loudness, the Monolators present punk rock as it might be played by, say, Muppets. Eli's songwriting draws on the ghost of Buddy Holly, the punk rock of New York's Television and the UK's Automatics, and the red-hot banjo troubadour Uncle Dave Macon; Mike's guitar arrangements pull from the likes of the Clash, 1960's surf rock, and the folk music of Phil Ochs; and Mary's drumming recalls the child savants of the Langley Schools Music Project, her fondness for electronic music, and general spasms.

The Monolators have recorded their first full-length album, "Rejection Set ME Free" (in their garage, of course).



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elizabeth rose

Punk with a heart.
Finally, pumping music with lyrics that say something.
Thanks Monolators.....u rock!

Cori Wapnowski

!This CD Will Rock Your Socks!
This CD was delectible...a real delight! The Monolators' sense of humor is refreshing and subtle, and they rock. The depth and edge in Eli Charktoff's voice will ROCK YOUR SOCKS! I look forward to their next album.

Rick Robinson

Embrace the Rejection
Yes, the L.A.-based Monolators have finally given in to industry pressure and released a standard length disc, but you should give it a listen and smell the sweet sell-out goodness. The best thing about the album is its range of sounds- it circumnavigates the musical spectrum before finding a home in your subconscious. If you find yourself humming 'Office Drone' at work, you've fallen under Rejection Set Me Free's sublime spell. And you should quit your job.

Cory Lyons

Can't stop listening!!!
I have played this CD non-stop. Don't have a favorite song - because I love them all!


Good Stuff
I'm no punk expert, but I do believe The Monolators have all the elements of a classic punk sound. Lyrics that border on comical (in a good way) and the tunes definitely make you want to jump around your room!

Marcus Smith

If you don't buy this album, you're missing out!
This album is the real deal. It's loaded with feel-good tunes that don't insult their audience. There's a classic quality that makes me want to go on a long car trip and crank it up. It really is Summertime in my Car! Highly recommended. There's something here for everyone.

Zachary Jean

beastly love, goaty legs, joyful hullabaloo
For three weeks I have been listening only to this CD -- Summertime In My Car; She Got Beat Up By The Floating Eyeball; Tiny Bicycles; Rejection Set Me Free -- on endless playback! (I hate to say it, but it's true; Eli, Mary and Mike are the only reason to visit L.A. ... and Baby Ivan)


the only thing rockin' my car!!!!!
the lyrics are crazed like the world. garage rock on the interstate at 120mph...its bumpin' in my head...I listen every day!

Brian Irwin

This is the true heart of rock & roll!
In this world of over produced garbage there is one band who proves that there is still a heart to rock & roll. The so called "punk" bands on the radio should pick up this disc and finally learn what spirit is. This collection of tunes is the medicine our sick world needs. Monolators Rock!