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by Monopoli

The Monopoli experience soars between a rocking New York attitude and a rolling British soundscape.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Love
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2. Fast enough to kill you
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3. Everybody anyway
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4. Desire
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5. Tonight
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Album Notes
From the Nation’s capitol and the heart of the U St. corridor comes Monopoliâ€"an explosion of music from Washington, DC which is unparalleled in showmanship and unmatched in style. This is where Rube and Alfonso met and found their common experiences in living abroad in cities like Haifa, Mexico, Moscow, Buenos Aires, and San Juan to be the unifying force in the birth of Monopoli.

These unique backgrounds and stories created the Monopoli experience that soars alongside a rocking New York rhythm and a rolling British soundscape.

The lyrics by Alfonso are elegant, imaginative, original, yet complete. You’ll hear his guitar influences shine through on “Love,” accompanying the lyrics with a Spaniard’s bluesmanship. His vocal delivery is likened to Chet Baker’s while maintaining the potency of Morrison’s charm and snarl. His voice is polished attitude. Alfonso is Monopoli’s dreamer.

Rube’s guitar work both soothes and pulverizes--a trait distinct in Monopoli’s anthems. Rube has an exceptional ear for melody as he balances showmanship and delivery in a natural and unforgettable way. Rube is Monopoli’s X - factor.

Dave magazine brings precision, power, and conviction to Monopoli’s drum throne. Magazine is Monopoli’s fervor. He’s been known to throw mobile phones off of bridges and smoke cigarettes while titling himself a non-smoker all while paraphrasing his favorite Elvis Costello quotes. He is a walking contradiction with fire in his belly for rock and roll.

Tracy Epperson is Monopoli’s lifeline, the cool, level-headed bass player that everyone wants in a band. His unique ability is paralleled only by his continual willingness to grow through music.

More than anything these guys are honest and giving friends. One moment off stage with them and you’ll understand. Monopoli goes where contemporaries fear to venture lyrically and musically; this band plays intelligent, fearless, and magical pop music that converts audiences at every performance.

Monopoli awed CMJ 2005 with their live set. Jane magazine teamed up with Shirley Manson of Garbage to pick Monopoli as a group on Jane’s next reader CD available in every issue. Monopoli will be spotlighted in Amtrak’s Arrive magazine in April just as their first east coast tour is under way. They have sold out DC shows at the Black cat (800 capacity) and headlined at the nationally known 9:30 club. Growing industry interest is apparent and with a full length album due out in February you’ll be sure to hear Monopoli in the coming months. Myspace and Cdbaby can testify to the band’s international and domestic growth. Listen... Are You Monopolized?



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John Umana

This is an extraordinary CD compilation. 'Love' is one of the most beautiful love songs I have ever heard. Monopoli's hard-driving rock, mellowed by intervening tender ballads, defines the spirit of a new generation. This band's gonna go far. Dr. John Umana

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

With the catchy mastery of Beatles-like jangles, the emotive angle of Coldplay sweeps and a free-spirit sentiment where soaring background guitars, smearing big strokes of color beneath, intersect with the protruding, textured, chunky foreground guitars, Monopoli produces a sound that is equally far-reaching, elastic and concise, punchy and distinct- something you can hang your hat on. They have struck an electrifying balance between these sides without compromising any approach. There's something magical about these songs that rushes up from between your feet, lifts you off the ground and sets you back down gently so that you don't completely recognize the world as it was before.

julian caren

off the charts! the sound of a new generation is born here.
open your mind to monopoli... julian caren

Fan n1

The music is awesome, the lyrics really speak to you, you have to hear it!!!!!
The music is awesome, the lyrics really speak to you, you have to hear it!!!!!

Dreun Muziekzine

De sound Monopoli weet vast en zeker iedereen te bekoren
Monopoli, de eerste ep van de band met dezelfde naam, opent veelbelovend met de ballade ‘love’. Zo eenvoudig als de titel, zo mooi is het lied zelf. Liefhebbers van Travis zullen het zeker weten te smaken. "Love" mag het rustigste nummer op de plaat zijn, het laat diepe sporen na. De toon is gezet. De rest van de plaat lost de verwachtingen probleemloos in. Monopoli laat het rustiger werk voor wat het is en vindt gemakkelijk de weg naar het distortionpedaal. De conclusie van een eerste luisterbeurt luidt dat Monopoli een verrassende pop-rockband is. De warme sound van Monopoli weet vast en zeker iedereen te bekoren. Uitkijken naar het eerste full album is de boodschap.

Bram Van De Velde
Gepubliceerd op 21/08/2005

Kinda Muzik

Dat ze er maar snel uit mogen komen!
Begonnen als een studioproject van songsmid Alfonso Velez en producer Rube groeide dit duo als snel uit tot een band met bassist en drummer. Onder de naam Monopoli presenteren zij hun werk voor het eerst aan de wereld. Dat levert een prettig aangezicht op vol eigentijdse indierock in de lijn van Death Cab For Cutie en The Shins, aangevuld met een dosis melancholie zoals we die ooit bij The Unbelievable Truth aantroffen. Liedjes dus die van A naar B gaan en je mee laten neuriën.

Met een gezonde mate van zelfvertrouwen zingt Velez op een rustige manier en laat de gitaren doorrinkelen. De vijf nummers laten de harde en zachte kant van de formatie uit Washington D.C. horen. Beide kanten bevallen zo goed, dat met verlangen wordt uitgekeken naar de eerste langspeler. Die zal niet lang meer op zich laten wachten, want de heren zitten tijdens dit schrijven in de studio. Dat ze er maar snel uit mogen komen!
Alexis Vos


CD has its moments...
The CD is nicely produced. While the album has its moments songwriting wise, it loses impact with each successive track. "Love" is a solid starting point though.

JANE Magazine

Monopoli is something different and that made us happy...
We likey-likey. Here's another band that totally made JANE ladies smile while we listened to CD after CD. So, so good. Monopoli is something different and that made us happy. Enough said.


Have to buy it, it rocks!!!
Have to buy it, it rocks!!!
Best band I heard in DC.
Feels good to hear smart music!!


Equal parts polish and attitude
This is one of those albums that, even at first listen, make you wonder why on earth they're not being referenced in trendy teen dramas or pop-culture compendia. On the other hand, that's probably a good thing, because this band deserves more than a fashionable nod. Packing more polish and attitude than many standard-issue major label releases, these five tracks soar with Alfonso Velez's soft moody tenor, anchored by the crunch of Rube's guitar, most notably in "Fast Enough to Kill You," a track somewhere near the intersection of The Strokes and Remy Zero. "Love" can go head-to-head with power-pop offerings from bands like Acceptance and Embrace. Or Coldplay, if it didn't take itself too seriously. There's certainly a bit of the ol' whisper-to-a-scream appeal here, but not nearly as predictable as Coldplay. I can't wait to hear the band's first full-length album!
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