Nixxi Koko has been working hard, saving money, and is planning to open his own restaurant/bar in Chicago in the near future.
In Pink Monkey related news, we’ve got a gig coming up in March, playing for a Chicago Hot Glass party! Details are forthcoming, and if you can, you should come, it’s always a blast watching people create with molten sand.
Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook – on that page you’ll see TK’s latest composition for the band.
You may think we’ve been slacking off lately, and you’d be right! That doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about making more weird jazz. In fact, we’ve got some new material, and we’ve reworked some old stuff too! A little while ago TK and The Baron Von Cakeman started tracking out some demos for the next Pink Monkey release. We’re straying a little bit from our jazz roots on this one to explore some new and exciting sounds. You can check out a sneak preview below:
Now that the holidays are over, we’ll be attacking the new recordings head on. We don’t have a date yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Something new will be out in 2014!
Pink Monkey was recently featured on the Audio Hammock podcast, and they had some great things to say about Ink. We’re always happy to hear that people out there are digging our strange jazz. Audio Hammock is a great show. You should check them out here. If you want to skip right to episode 10 to hear what they had to say click here.
We’ve also got a new listener from reddit in r/bandmembers. According to u/BrianNowhere:
It’s a crime of humanity that more people don’t like this kind of music. This is the kind of jazz that brings to mind the city at night, wet pavement reflecting the shifting colors of traffic lights, sewers spewing hot steam, hookers in white fishnet stockings, cigar smoking booze hounds stumbling out of pool halls. I love this.
Well, try as we might, we’ll probably never achieve the level of Frank Sinatra Stepping out of a helicopter with a drink in his hand.
Has it really been since December since we’ve posted and update? It feels like that was yesterday. I suppose a lot has happened. TK went back to Korea for a while and showed those of you in the east a few things. The Barron Von Cakeman launched a new hard rock project, and Nick got a new job.
We’ve got some really cool shows coming up, and we’re just getting started. We’re proud to announce that once again, we’ll be playing an r/chicago reddit meetup on 4/27 at Quenchers. We’ve pulled in some outside talent to make this one special. Formal attire is optional.
We also have a show at Wise Fools Pub on June 8th. It will be our first time playing this staple Chicago Venue. We’re pumped to say the least.
Yesterday, we logged on to Facebook and noticed that we were 15 likes away from hitting the century mark. We put out the word, all of you out there in Facebookland came through in a big way. As of yesterday, we hit 1000 likes on our fan page on Facebook.
The gratefulness we feel for all of your support can’t be put into words. When we started this weird jazz project over five years ago, we didn’t know if we’d ever even generate enough interest to play a show. Having over 1000 people tell us they like our music is really neat. We’re still surprised that we found more than five of you that are into our inappropriate antics. We’re going to be arranging something really cool soon to commemorate this event and thank you all for your support, so stay tuned.
Thank you all for your support. This is why we do what we do. Also, we’d like to give a special thanks to Brian, the King of Awesome, who was our 1000th fan.
An overdue hello to all of our fans out there! Pink Monkey had an eventful end to the summer, continuing our Abbey Pub residency in August, then heading to Northern Michigan for our first ever music festival appearance. There is some live audio floating around from Meadowfest, and the performance was described as “One of my favorite performances of the festival” by WIDR’s (Kalamazoo) own DJ Bosco.
Pink Monkey has been hard at work writing new songs and is making plans to head back to the studio some time this fall. We’re hoping for another record to hit Spring 2013.
In the meantime, help support live original music in your city. Keep an eye on this site, as well as our facebook page for upcoming shows and news!
We recently did an interview with Horn from ripple effect and sawtoothwave.com. It’s been a while since we had the chance to really express ourselves in words rather than music. We got the chance to talk about our influences, how the band formed, and even how we got our name. Check it out:
Pink Monkey are three cheeky, expert musicians who love irreverance and the musical manifestations of said attitude toward reverence in the form of musicianjs like The Ramones or Frank Zappa. Fortunately, for music in general and me specifically, they also just happen to play jazz. What follows, as perhaps the above lede suggested, is the Sawtoothwave.com Interview.*
Sawtoothwave.com: If you yourselves could interview one musician, who would it be, and why?
[All] Frank Zappa, he was one of the original musical smart asses.
Your music seems dangerous, like jazz seemingly hasn’t been in decades (to most modern listeners, particularly kids)– like Coltrane and Dolphy getting in shit with Downbeat magazine in 1961… do you ever consciously consider precedents like that? What do you think of more “extreme,” comparted to most jazz musicians anyway, musicians like John Zorn or Peter Brötzmann?
[TK-- Tim Koelling, Saxophone] A big reason why Pink Monkey is so simple and out is kind of a rebuttal to the modern jazz scene. I love going to jazz clubs, but eventually I get bored – there is no reason “jazz” has to be accessible to only other musicians who understand what’s going on, or as background music. We all want to be rock stars!
[MK- Mike Koelling, Bass] Like Tim said, a lot of modern jazz gets boring. It’s just so cerebral that the common guy at the bar doesn’t get it. We would much rather be playing to a crowd of smiles than a few heads nodding in appreciation. We listen to a lot of John Zorn – We’ve even covered a few of his tunes. The Bad Plus is also a huge influence. Most importantly though we try to have a good time and keep things accessible and interesting.
Why “Pink Monkey”?
[MK] We had been playing for a few months and as a band bonding exercise we headed to mayfest in Chicago. After a lot of german beer, I ended up buying Tim a Pink Monkey and told him he had to wear it around his neck for the rest of the festival. A few steins deep I proclaimed “Let’s name our band Pink Monkey until we think of something better.” Five years later, we still haven’t come up with a better name.