Leading a revival of soul and funk, Monophonics has spent the last seven years cutting its teeth across venues in the Bay Area. The band blends the bouncing thrum of electric bass and guitar with brassy notes from trumpet and saxophone.
Taken together, the instrumentation falls under the "psychedelic rock" genre popularized in the late 1960s and credited with influencing the progression of soul and funk. The band began in 2005 as an instrumental ensemble, but has since filled out with the addition of vocals provided by keyboardist Kelly Finnigan, which added a soul element to the group's funk stylings.
The sextet has played alongside greats like Al Green and Dennis Coffey, and at blues and jazz festivals across the country. It's a sound fit for a Quentin Tarantino film, honed on the band's latest release, In Your Brain, which came out in 2012 on Ubiquity Records.