Recess Monkey’s Latest LP Will Definitely “Connect” With Listeners

Courtesy:  Waldmania PR

Courtesy: Waldmania PR

Seattle, Washington based children’s entertainment trio Recess Monkey will release its latest full length studio effort this Summer.  The band’s new album, Wired, is currently scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 17th.  The album, the band’s eleventh full length studio effort, is yet another fun musical ride for the band’s audiences.  It’s a great album for parents taking their kids around town while they run errands. One reason for that is the songs’ run time.  The album as a whole comes in at a little more than forty-minutes (forty-two minutes to be exact).  The songs’ lengths are important to the record as they are just the right length to keep young listeners’ attention.  Just as important to the album are the lyrical themes.   And last but not least, the band has carried over the poppy, mid-tempo vibe of its previous albums into this record.  That’s something that audiences more familiar with Recess Monkey’s body of work will most definitely appreciate.  That familiar feel works in tandem with the songs ‘ lyrical themes and their relatively short run times to make Wired yet another enjoyable release from Recess Monkey.

The first thing that audiences will take away from Wired is that the run time of its songs will easily keep young listeners engaged.  The album’s fifteen tracks bring the album’s total run time to roughly forty-two minutes.  The longest song on the album, ‘Duct Tape World’ comes in just below the 3:30 mark.  The shortest of the albums’ songs—the album’s title track–comes in at 2:03.  Recess Monkey’s music has generally tended to be aimed toward kids up to ten years old.  The attention span of a child that age is more than that of younger children.  But it is still relatively short by comparison to that of older audiences.  So coming from an observational vantage point, the run times on the album’s songs is just right once again for those key audiences.

The total run time of Recess Monkey’s new album is one of the cornerstones of Wired’s success.  The band keeps the attention of young ears thanks to the relatively short run time of each of the album’s songs.  Another cornerstone of the album’s success is its collective lyrical themes.  While the album’s title and artwork project one image, the album’s title track is anything but a reflection of the title and artwork.  The album’s title song centers on a young person that is literally wired on a sugar high.  The band—Drew Holloway (vocals, guitar), Jack Forman (bass, keyboards), and Korum Bischoff (drums)—does a great job musically reflecting the energy of a child on a sugar high with the song’s lyrics and frenetic energy.  Holloway sings right off the top, “You know I’m feelin’ so wired/I’m so inspired/My feet are on fire/Wired/I’m scalin’ the walls/And my feet climibin’ higher/Nothin’s gonna slow me down/Ate three bowls of them sugar squares/And do you wanna make the bed/I could carry the car to school/And not even break a sweat/I’m all hyper/Busy twitching/From the day.” Even Holloway’s own delivery conjures thoughts of a child on a massive sugar high as he sings.

Another example of how the lyrical themes on this album make it so fun comes in the form of ‘Grandpa is a Time Machine.’ This song tells the story of a child listening to the stories told by his or her grandfather about when he was younger. Just as is the case with ‘Wired,’ the band just as wonderfully mirrors the feeling that is felt by a child in this case. What person doesn’t recall being excited hearing stories from his or her grandfather when he or she was just a child? There is a certain charm about the stories being shared. And the band captures that excitement through the song’s up-tempo musical side. Holloway sings about his subject bringing his or her grandfather some iced tea and listening to him go back in time, sharing his stories as he sits in his favorite chair. Any parent listening to this song is certain to be taken back to that grand time himself or herself. In turn, said parents will find themselves enjoying this song as much as their children.

The poppy, up-tempo feel of ‘My Grandpa is a Time Machine’ and ‘Wired’ isn’t relegated to just those two songs. It is evident in both the songs in question and the other thirteen songs that make up Wired. That positive vibe is something that fans more familiar with Recess Monkey’s music will appreciate. That’s because all of the band’s previous releases carry that same poppy, up-tempo feeling. It’s the last factor to consider in examining this record and what makes it so fun. At the same time that that familiar feel is present throughout the album’s songs, the songs themselves don’t sound like songs from the band’s previous albums. It makes that familiar vibe all the more enjoyable. And when taken into consideration along with the positive lyrical side of the songs and their relatively listener friendly run times it becomes one more part of a whole that is one more great record from one of the best bands in the world of children’s music.

Wired will be available in stores and online June 17th. More information on Wired and all the latest from the band including tour dates and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/recessmonkeytown, http://www.recessmonkey.com and http://twitter.com/recess_monkey. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Recess Monkey Premiere Video For Latest Single

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Mark your calendars, parents.  Recess Monkey releases its latest album, Deep Sea Diver on Tuesday, June 18th.  In anticipation of the upcoming nautical themed album, the guys—Drew Holloway (vocals, guitar), Jack Forman (bass, keyboards), and Korum Bischoff (drums)—have officially debuted the video for the new single off of the album.  ‘Fish Sticks’ sees Holloway taking a trip beneath the waves in the band’s “tambourine submarine” to see the “famed” drummer, “Fish Sticks.”  Fans can check out the new video online now at http://babyology.com.au/sunday-arts/babyology-exclusive-world-premiere-of-the-very-groovy-fish-sticks-by-recess-monkey.html

The band is currently touring in support of the new album.  Fans in North Carolina will get the chance to see the band live when it makes a stop at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC.  The band will perform at The ArtsCenter on July 20th at 11:00a.m.  General admission for the performance is $9.  Friends of The ArtsCenter can get in for a discounted price of $7 along with children.  Children ages 2 and under get in free.  Family 4-pack tickets are available for a price of $28.  Tickets can be ordered online at http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1714199&cobrand=artscenter.  And for more information on this and every performance at The ArtsCenter, go online to http://www.artscenterlive.org

To keep up with all the latest tour information, news and more from Recess Monkey, parents and children can follow the band online at http://www.facebook.com/recessmonkeytown and http://www.recessmonkeytown.com

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Recess Monkey Returns With More Fun On New LP

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Courtesy: Recess Monkey/Waldmania Publicity

Recess Monkey is back!  This kid friendly Seattle, WA based trio of teachers has released yet another album that both kids and adults will enjoy.  Its mix of sounds and equally fun and funny songs are sure to get younger listeners moving and parents tapping their feet.  One part Jack Johnson and one part Presidents of the United States, the band’s new album is a good introduction to the band for any first time listeners.  This time out, the band—Drew Holloway (guitar, vocals), Jack Forman (bass, keys), and Korum Bischoff (drums)—presents audiences with fifteen tracks of seaworthy silliness and some more serious subjects handled in a wonderfully family friendly fashion.  Having listened through this whole record, it stands out as one of the year’s best children’s albums.

Deep Sea Diver, the newest album from Recess Monkey, opens with the silly song, ‘Tambourine Submarine.’  While it may not be entirely intentional, this song is sure to conjure up instant comparisons to The Beatles’ famed ‘Yellow Submarine’ as well as certain compositions by Jack Johnson with its poppy grooves.  Younger listeners likely won’t get the references.  But the silly lyrics combined with the up-tempo music make together, for a solid opener to this album.  Holloway and his band mates sing on this song, “Hear the jingle jangle beat/That gets the big propeller spinning around/The periscope’s up.  We’re looking for a crew/Could it be you/To dance around to the sound/Down, down, down we’ll go/To move and shake/And make some waves/On the ocean floor below.”  It’s just a fun, happy song that will, as the lyrics note, get young listeners to dance around and have a fun time.  Those same young listeners will have just as much throughout the course of the album’s tracks, including what is sure to be a hit with both parents and kids alike in ‘The Deep End.’

‘The Deep End’ is a fun, beachy tune about a family trip to the pool.  Though its tropical vibe mixed with the topic of swimming is sure to invoke images more of a family beach trip than to the pool.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though.  Considering this combination of sound and images, one could close one’s eyes and see images of a pool with palm trees rising around as the sun shines overhead.  This is one of those songs that simply shout music video.  Parents will especially appreciate ‘The Deep End’ because of its horn section.  The backing horn section plays a rhythm that sounds oddly like a certain 80s tune titled, ‘I’m Walking on Sunshine.’  Keeping this in mind, this song is another hit both for kids and parents.  Kids will enjoy the tropical rhythms and the lyrical expression of a child’s excitement over going swimming on his or her own early on.  Parents will enjoy it for the tropical rhythms and for the nostalgia generated by the horns.  And of course, as fun as this song is, it’s a wonderful candidate for a music video.  All of this combined proves even more what makes Deep Sea Diver such an enjoyable album.

Deep Sea Diver boasts loads of fun, beachy and summer themed songs throughout the course of its fifteen songs.  For all the fun songs included in the album, Recess Monkey also touches on more serious issues without being too serious in a handful of songs.  One of the most notable of those songs is ‘Shrimp.’  This funky song touches on the ever growing epidemic of bullying in our country through the concept of kids picking on other kids for their height. This may seem a trivial issue.  But for children it is a very serious topic.  In an age when words really can hurt, kids need to be able to express themselves.  And they need encouragement from adults that it’s okay to be who and how they are.  Enter, ‘Shrimp.’  This song offers that reassurance in a fun fashion that even parents will appreciate.  Hollway and company do a little “rap” session here, writing, “Don’t look in the mirror/And wish you grew/Gotta love everything you see about you/Instead of staying home/Crying boo hoo/Start thinkin’ ‘ bout the things/Only you can do.”  This verse alone exemplifies everything that children need from adults.  It is that encouragement.  From here Holloway goes on to describe the things that smaller people can do such as: not worrying about hitting one’s head on the trees in the forest, or on a funnier note, not having to eat much to be full and thus being able to get to dessert quicker.  Now, who wouldn’t love that?!  Who doesn’t love dessert?  Exactly!  There’s also mention of smaller individuals being able to get into tighter spaces that taller people wouldn’t stand a chance of getting into and so much more.  In short, this whole song is all the inspiration that young people need even if only in this one area.  And what starts as a tiny bulb can grow into a giant tree.  Confused yet?  Simply put this one song could be the seed to having great confidence later, no matter what bullies may try to do to knock one down.  So kudos are in order in the biggest way, to Recess Monkey for including this song on the band’s new album.  It’s one more of so many songs that parents and kids will love to listen to again and again when the album drops on Tuesday, June 18th

While families await the release of this enjoyable album, they can also check out the guys live.  A handful of performances around Washington state have been posted to the band’s main website, http://www.recessmonkey.com.  The first of those dates is a duo show with Jack and Drew at the Everett Family Fun Fair next Saturday, May 4th at 1pm.  Fans can check out the full list of performances and all the latest Recess Monkey tour dates and news on the band’s website as well as the band’s official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/recessmonkeytown and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/recess_monkey.  And to download the band’s music—including its upcoming release—fans can get to it via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/recess-monkey/id434955671.   

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