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Mono Men performing at West Seattle Summer Fest, 2013
|Origin||Bellingham, WA, USA|
|Genres||Garage punk, grunge, surf rock|
|Years active||1987–1998, 2006, 2013|
|Past members||Dave Crider
The Mono Men were an American garage punk band, based in Bellingham, Washington. Their sound contained elements of grunge (distortion-heavy guitars, sneering vocals), but the Mono Men filtered these through a mimicry of 1960s Washington proto-punk, garage rock bands such as The Sonics.
The Mono Men rose up from the ashes of another Washington band, the Roofdogs. John Mortensen came from the Dehumanizers and Game for Vultures before joining the Mono Men. The band came together in late 1987. They played shows in Europe, Mexico, Japan, Canada, and the United States. They were featured in the Northwest Rock & Roll documentary Hype!. Their albums all received generally positive reviews. The band split in 1998, though in 2006, the Mono Men reunited to play a series of concerts called the "Spanish Attack." They also reunited to play a reunion show in Bellingham at the Wild Buffalo House of Music on July 13, 2013.
- Members of the Mono Men went to the same high school as the Fastbacks.
- In 2006 the Mono Men launched the 5-show "Spanish Attack" tour with shows in Bellingham, WA and various venues in Spain.
- Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder performed Mono Men's "Watch Outside" with C Average in Alpine Valley 13.6.1999 (Tibetan Freedom Concert).
- Dave Crider (guitar, vocals)
- Ledge Morrisette (bass)
- Aaron Roeder (drums)
- John Mortensen (guitar, vocals) (from late 1990)
- Marx Wright (vocals, guitar) (1987–1990; 2013)
Albums and EPs
- Stop Dragging Me Down (Estrus, 1990)
- Wrecker (Estrus, 1992)
- Back to Mono (1+2 Records, 1992). The title is a reference to a Phil Spector slogan, advocating monophonic recording.
- Shut the Fuck Up! (Estrus, 1992)
- Bent Pages (Estrus, 1993)
- Sin and Tonic (Estrus, 1994)
- Those Mono Men Recorded Live at Tom's Strip and Bowl (Estrus, 1995)
- Gypsy Woman Live (Impossible Records, 1996)
- Ten Cool Ones (Scat, 1996)
- Have a Nice Day, Motherfucker (Estrus, 1997)
- 1993 - Demolition Derby w/ Apeman Dragship
- 1994 - Kronophonic w/ Stokastikats
- 1995 - Gearhead w/ Girl Trouble
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