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Forkster writes about us: “…Stateside psychedelic, post-punk, rock n’ rollers 13-Monsters … a vibrant, haunting brilliantly, listen. With heard comparisons from everything from ‘Jefferson Airplane’ to ‘The Cramps’…”

Grab some tunes and goodies here!

13-MONSTERS on Bandcamp

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April happenings!

  Forkster writes about us: “…Stateside psychedelic, post-punk, rock n’ rollers 13-Monsters … a vibrant, haunting brilliantly, listen. With heard comparisons from everything from ‘Jefferson Airplane’ to ‘The Cramps’…”

Grab some tunes and goodies here!

 13-MONSTERS on Bandcamp

13-MONSTERS on Soundcloud

13-MONSTERS on Facebook

 A recent interview with JAMIE about 13-MONSTERS and the state of music

Hit us on the TWEET!

Hi gang! We have some big things happening! 

 First, thank you to Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of Sound Opinions for a fantastic seminar that they put on at the Old Town School Of Folk Music. If you are in any aspect of music wether it the performance, legal, business, managerial or even fan side of the music community we highly recommend attending one of their seminars. Hell, as veterans of some live Sound Opinions shows we recommend seeing them anytime. You will find no two more approachable people than Jim and Greg. If you want to know how this circus called music works..there’s your ultimate source. Sound Opinions link.  ( Also check out Jim’s punk band Vortis )  

 Next!  SHOWS!  We are in talks with a few of our favorite venues about 13-MONSTERS next regional tour this summer. Stay tuned!!  We also have some new music in the works! It’s gonna get moodier, fuzzier, smokier. 

 IN THE MEANTIME (Our favorite influencial Helmet album, btw) Jamie’s solo Psyche fuzz Tarantino dream project GOALIE  has a couple rare live shows coming up!

Saturday  4-12-14  The Spring Thing at Green Town Tavern, Waukegan, Il

 w/ Greywall / New Oceans / The Bungdoons 

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  THEN… GOALIE plays Penny Road Pub in Barrington, il on Friday 4-18-14

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  Jamie hopes to see you at these upcoming gigs. Support local music!  And support a guy in a mask with a theremin and a fuzz guitar!

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  Stay tuned for more upcoming news!  And please bookmark AL the above links we just gave you. It’s worth it.

And lastly…Listen to Jamie and Deb’s radio podcast The Donkey Banana Show every week on iTunes, Stitcher and Buzzsprout! CLICKETY! We are not only really funny while drunk, but we play local bands too!

 Support local music. We al try really fucking hard and lose a shit ton of money to make your head bob up and down. 

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Interview with Jamie about 13-Monsters, the state of music, and more…

 

Taken from the Dying SuperNova site. An interview with Jamie

I have been a fan of 13-Monsters for awhile now so I was thrilled when Jamie agreed to do an interview with DSN… I hope this gives some insight into the reason behind the music and you take their story to heart… 



Q:  What made you decide to call your band 13-Monsters? 
A:  I was riding in the car with my son who was 6 at the time. I told him that I was going to be starting a band and asked what he thought I should call it. After a couple of silly names that a 6 year old would think of he suggested in a very off hand matter that I name the band after his favorite Lightning Bolt song which we were listening to at the time “13 monsters”. 
  I’m friends with Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt so I sent him a message and asked if we could use it, keeping in mind that we would never attempt to do a Lightning Bolt song, out of respect. Brian liked the idea and the seal of approval was given. I decided to add in a hyphen in the name to ease confusion somewhat in search engines. (in hindsight the name LegoFight that my son first came up with was pretty neat though. I know Brian would approve of that one too!)

Q:  For those who have not heard your music, how would you describe your sound to them?
A:  That’s a tough question. The thing about 13-Monsters is that it seemingly can’t be put into any specific genre by anyone. We have had countless people comment that our sound is so unique they can’t categorize it by saying it’s alternative or psychedelic or metal or post punk.  The influences that I’ve amassed over time encompass everything from jazz and math rock to punk pop to doom and sludge metal. I draw from Boris and The Melvins as much as from Smoking Popes, Superchunk and Human Waste Project (Go look THAT one up and it’ll make sense:). 
  When asked about what we sound like I like to return with the question ” What do you like?”  when given an answer of (insert band name here) I usually say ” yeah..there’s some of that in there.”  But if asked specifics I’d have to say a mashup of Rob Zombie, Dinosaur Jr, Nirvana, Bob Mould, and Mazzy Star. You decide :)

Q:  How did the band come about? 
A:  I quit smoking a couple years ago and was driving my wife ( and everyone else) nuts. I needed yet another outlet to keep me busy. My wife asked what it would take for me to drag out all my guitars, amps and drums to make music again. I replied honestly with this ” Everything. I would want to play all the instruments, own everything and start it my way so that I never have to deal with the pitfalls of the music business again. I’d have to be the label, the producer, the social media director, all of it. Last time there were to many people and it ended in disaster. ”   So, after my 10 year hiatus from music and the college radio rock scene in Chicago, my wife Melissa bought everything I needed to have a digitally driven home studio. She basically held my somewhat hesitant hand, took some sound and engineering courses with me, and set me up to be in a spot where I don’t have to answer anyone about what I write, play, produce and release.
  I’ve had a couple of really good singers, and of course the definitive singer of 13-Monsters, Adrienne. I’ve since added our live drummer, John to broaden out the live shows and add a huge element that was missing live. My manager Deb is the rudder that steers the ship because at this point I admit I have to relinquish some of the responsibilities.

Q:  Do you find it harder nowadays to get people to support the music scene?  Why or why not?
A:  Oh god yes! That’s a big reason I took a hiatus. My decision to walk away for 10 years was in part due to feeling that no one cared about what we did. And quite honestly I’ve come close to quitting my present day projects for that same mental stumbling block of a reason. Getting people to support indie artists is a constant battle with one side being “I’m not saying enough” to the other side of “I’m saying too much and people are getting annoyed.” However I believe that initially you can’t say enough. My philosophy is this; ‘If you stay quiet and keep it inside, no one will remember who the hell you were when you die. So be loud. Say what you think. Let people know who you are.’  I think it has worked for 13-Monsters quite well. It has helped us greatly to be heard, get on radio, and put people in the seats at shows.
 That brings up another sub topic though: Live shows. THAT is the nail in the coffin to most bands, especially in a market like here in Chicago or other major markets. Sure, we have the world’s 3rd largest music market in our own backyard as our playground. We get to play major venues in Chicago that 10,000 other bands will never set foot in even though they deserve to more than us. BUT, at the same time we have to guarantee people in the door. That’s the tough part. There are literally thousands of bars, clubs and venues in Chicago. On any given night there are a couple dozen other amazing bands playing in a multitude of places. Getting people to choose ours is indeed a challenge. People can pick and choose with no urgency to catch a band tonight when they can easily wait until tomorrow and see and equally fantastic indie band, jazz quartet or symphony orchestra.  To make it in a place like Chicago, New York, L.A. you really have to fight for support while at the same time supporting the other artists in the room.

  As Chicago media personality Ted Brunson said of me in an interview ” You are relentless on Twitter.”. Exactly..it got me in that interview, didn’t it? And it gets people to support the music scene.
 

Q:  What is your opinion with the turn in the music industry regarding how the rosters of festivals are built, (meaning contests and voting versus talent)?
A:  I’m not a fan of major contests or large-scale-event-voting without merit.  I hope that with any poll or contest we have been in the people who choose 13-Monsters are actually listeners. Blind support is rather hollow and meaningless. If we were to be voted on to a main stage event at a major festival by blind support votes it wouldn’t mean much if there is no listening fan base to show up. It’s like buying twitter followers or false facebook “likes”.  I would rather be up there because of talent and a true demand.  But that’s the music industry. They push Justin Beiber and other nearly talentless flavors of the month on us while bands that I have seen play for 5 people in a bar could blow away 99% of any major acts that we are forced by the media to accept as good…and alot of the “artists” forced on us got that big because of some stupid contest or a singing talent contest on tv showcasing people who have never cut their teeth in clubs night after night. They waited in line outside a studio, sang 1 audition and got on TV. 

Q:  If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be and why?
A:  I’d do away with the very TV talent shows I mentioned earlier and recycled terrestrial radio. I think we would be much better off if internet radio stations and sites like Bandcamp and Soundcloud were mandatory on all computers. That’s where the talented people are. That’s where true artists are trying to be heard. That’s where you can really find true talent being showcased.  I’d love to see the music industry get away from the forced structure of big business that demands we here R Kelly 10 times a day.  But then again I’d also like a magic lamp with a genie inside of it too.

Q:  If you could share the stage with any band/artist who would it be and why? 
A:  There are so many. I really can’t pick just one without being disrespectful to the others. I will say this though; We have been extremely fortunate to share stages in the last 8 months with some of the best bands on the road today. If you would have told me a year ago that I would share a stage with bands like The Wheelers, Greywall, 10,000 Light Years, In The Aisles and a legendary artist like Paul Cary I would have said you’re crazy! I am more than proud to now call these people friends and peers.  I mean..c’mon…I got to open for The Wheelers and then stand next to the stage and watch them play “Tarantino” 6 feet from me on a thursday night in Chicago. That’s the kind of stuff musicians dream about.
 
Q:  Where do you draw inspiration from when creating the music?
A:  This will be my shortest answer: Personal stories. And I’ll leave it at that :)

Q:  What is the music scene like for Indie/Underground artists in the Chicago area?
A:  Like I stated before it’s a battle sometimes. But it’s a wonderful battle and a big playground that we are fortunate to be able to take advantage of. I wouldn’t want to be one of the bands trying to “make it in the business”. Then it’s a rough ride around here with a ton of heartbreak over a long duration just because you’re going up against other really talented bands who are filling a multitude of spots here as well. But for bands like us who have jobs and families and a sense of security in not having to do this for a living,  it’s a wonderfully thriving scene that is very user friendly. The venues are legendary and accommodating to artists. The real neighborhood festivals here are abundant and always showcase true talent. Most of the bands are supportive of all others ( we have personally amassed a stable of bands that we tour with locally who we now consider closer than family), and the local internet radio outlets are quite wiling to showcase bands like us.  

Q:  What does the future hold for 13-Monsters? 
A:  Right now we are on a break for a couple of months. I’m going to record some new things under 13-Monsters and have a small local tour planned for my solo project GOALIE.  I don’t anticipate doing alot of things differently. If it’s not broke don’t fix it, right?  But I do anticipate taking more of my own advice that I suggested before “…be loud, Say what you think. Let people know who you are.”


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theexpeditionist:

A weekend of recording the new single for #GOALIE

theexpeditionist:

A weekend of recording the new single for #GOALIE

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Review of us!!! http://www.forksterrocks.com/13-monsters-2/

 How cool is this??? 

 http://www.forksterrocks.com/13-monsters-2/

 We got reviewed overseas!  

FORKSTER’S Unsigned Music Artists Of The Day!

Micro-Fork Contest Winners Here!

A Brilliant Psychedelic Post-Punk Music Flavour Going Down Rock Solidly By These Vivid Unsigned Midwest Stateside Rockers!

26/02/2014

Music Artist Name: 13-Monsters
Genre: Post-Punk/Alternative
Location: Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.

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Band Members:
Jamie Riani: Guitar/Bass/Studio Drums/All Mixes/Writer.
Adriene Famighetti: Vocals
John Maszalec: Live Concert Drums/Percussion

FORKSTER Few Words On: 13-Monsters
Stateside psychedelic, post-punk, rock n’ rollers 13-Monsters were a vibrant, haunting brilliantly, listen. With heard comparisons from everything from ‘Jefferson Airplane’ to ‘The Cramps’ these U.S.A. rockers were really bringing the rock forces straightforward with ghoulish vocal & music flavours and fantastic 60′s psychedelic roars. Their music caverns were flying with stunning bright and hollow mood presences that were vastly diverse in total music presence and FORKSTER was certainly getting their whole vibe and definition here with approving and applauding it all ‘with no question at all’ on every note and every rocking octive heard! I truly enjoyed 13-Monsters music and really wish them the best with future music roads ahead and could really see these troubadours in being a great support act for all sorts of high-end diverse demand bands out there today!

Musicianship Breakdown:
Vocals - Vocal tones were shining radiantly with brilliant atmospheric moving airs, a superb talent!
Guitar - Psychedelic riff screaches and wails that were amazing in volume and attitude and really were shaking excellently with their whole sound persona, rocking strong work here!
Drums - Gigantic thunders from the stickman that were filled with fantastic beat wallop and tempo, loved this rocking effort!
Bass - The boom maestro was really laying down the low-end rhythmic beams with tremendous groove and terrific stomp!

For more information on:
http://13monstersmusic.com/
http://13-monsters.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/13MONSTERSmusic

Race to The Uptown Lounge, Chicago 8pm this Saturday to see us one last time one this tour

Race to The Uptown Lounge, Chicago 8pm this Saturday to see us one last time one this tour

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NEXT!!!!  #Joliet here we come!

NEXT!!!! #Joliet here we come!

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We here there’s even a #Groupon for Ye Olde Town inn too. This show gets easier every minute.
 We go in at 9

We here there’s even a #Groupon for Ye Olde Town inn too. This show gets easier every minute.
We go in at 9

New music by GOALIE

 GOALIE  (Jamie from 13-Monsters) has a couple of new songs to share.

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The first one on the page is Grand Finale Part II. It’s a balls-to-the-wall hardcore old school punk song that he did in 2 hours with the help of a few beers….as punk should be done.  

 It’s loud. It’s fast. It’s Ramones and Black Flag. It’s unapologetic and raw.

 The second song is a cover of a tune by Julsy called C’est Pas Grave .

  

 This version features GOALIE’s band members David Michael (from Greywall) and Jason Carson (from In The Aisles). It’s a fantastic song that hits close to home in GOALIE’s ongoing story.

Enjoy.  (and please hit the links in this post) 

https://soundcloud.com/music-by-goalie

 FREE MUSIC!!  Go get some of GOALIE’s new stuff! CLICK

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#chicago #igchicago #music #indiemusic #entertainment #picoftheday #newmusic #instagram

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#chicago #igchicago #music #indiemusic #entertainment #picoftheday #newmusic #instagram

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#chicago #igchicago #music #indiemusic #entertainment #picoftheday #newmusic #instagram

NEXT!!!!!

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#chicago #igchicago #music #indiemusic #entertainment #picoftheday #newmusic #instagram

NEXT!!!!!

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The final 3 shows of the tour!!!

Thanks to everyone who attended the 1-11-14 show at Goose Island in Wrigleyville, Chicago.  THAT was a fun night and one of the 2 best shows we have ever done!  In The Aisles was great. 10,000 Light Years was epic. The Bungdoons were just all out kick ass…..and Goalie, featuring David Michael of Greywall, was a blast!

That being said….Here we go, Kids! The last 3 shows!

1.31 at Ye Olde Town Inn, in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, with In the Aisles, Munger, and 10,000 Light Years.

2.9 at Moejoe’s in Joliet, Illinois. (Lineup TBD)

2.15 at Uptown Lounge, in Chicago, Illinois, with The Reserve, and In the Aisles.