Monster Monster

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Monster Monster
The Almost - Monster Monster.jpg
Studio album by The Almost
Released November 3, 2009
Recorded May 2009
Studio Seattle, Washington
Genre Alternative rock, emo
Label Tooth & Nail, Virgin
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
The Almost chronology
Monster EP
(2009)
Monster Monster
(2009)
Fear Inside Our Bones
(2013)
Singles from Monster Monster
  1. "Lonely Wheel"
    Released: September 17, 2009
  2. "Hands"
    Released: October 2, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (80%) [1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[3]
Bring On Mixed Reviews 3.5/5 stars [4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars [5]
Sputnikmusic 3.0/5 stars [6]

Monster Monster is the second album by American rock band The Almost, released on November 3, 2009. Like the band's debut Southern Weather, Monster Monster was produced by Aaron Sprinkle. Due to the band's lack of a drummer at the time, lead singer Aaron Gillespie played drums for the record. The first single from the album is "Hands" and it was released onto radio stations October 2, 2009, and it has cracked the Top 5 on the Christian Rock charts. The third track on the album, "No I Don't," debuted on the Christian Rock chart on March 5, 2010.[7]

After the recording and mastering of the record, Gillespie stated, "This now feels like a real band. Everyone gave up a piece of his own agenda for the good of the final result. And that's how you end up with something special. They supplied the bricks and we built this house together."[8] The band plans on doing a headlining tour followed by a tour where they support The Used. When speaking of touring, Gillespie noted that "[The Almost] plan on hitting it as hard as we can." Vilardi concurred with "We'd like to leave and not come back for two years."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Aaron Gillespie, Dusty Redmon, Alex Aponti and Jay Vilardi. 

No. Title Length
1. "Monster Monster"   3:20
2. "Lonely Wheel"   3:14
3. "No I Don't"   3:54
4. "Hands"   3:48
5. "Young Again"   2:58
6. "Summer Summer"   4:00
7. "Hand Grenade"   3:51
8. "Books & Books"   3:31
9. "Souls On Ten"   3:25
10. "Want To"   3:30
11. "Get Through"   3:24
12. "Monster"   6:16

Personnel[edit]

The Almost[9]
Additional musicians
Production
  • Aaron Sprinkle - producer, guitar, vocals, keyboards
  • Zach Blackstone - assistant
  • Jordan Butcher - art direction, design
  • Mike Carr - assistant engineer
  • Matt Carter (Emery) - mixing
  • Roberto Chamorro - photography
  • Brandon Ebel - A&R, executive producer
  • Ted Jensen - mastering
  • Brian Kroll - A&R
  • Ethan Luck - photography
  • J.R. McNeely - mixing
  • Randy Nichols - management
  • Dave Powell (Emery) - drum technician
  • Melisssa Sabo - assistant
  • Rob "Just Fine" Stevenson - A&R
  • Matt Watts - assistant

[10]

Monster EP[edit]

Monster EP was released on October 6, 2009, one month before the launch of Monster Monster.[11] It was sold exclusively through retail store Hot Topic, the band's website and a tour supporting Monster Monster.[12]

No. Title Length
1. "Lonely Wheel"   3:14
2. "Hands"   3:49
3. "July" (b-side) 3:29
4. "Birmingham" (b-side) 2:22
5. "Monster"   6:16

The song "Hands" is the first single, which will include a music video, from Monster Monster and the EP to be released to radio stations.[13] The EP packaging is a double-disc digipak, one of the discs contain the music and the other contains no data at all, but depicts the artwork that Monster Monster will have on the disc's label along with lyrics and printed track listing.[12]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Almost, The - Monster Monster - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Phil. "Review: Monster Monster". Allmusic. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  3. ^ Ferris, D.X. (December 2009). "File Under: Alt-Country-Kissed Power Pop". Alternative Press (Cleveland, Ohio: Alternative Magazines, Inc.) (257): 107. ISSN 1065-1667. 
  4. ^ Pernell Fowler. "The Almost - Monster Monster - Review | So, Bring On Mixed Reviews". Bringonmixedreviews.com. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  5. ^ "The Almost, "Monster Monster" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  6. ^ "The Almost - Monster, Monster (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  7. ^ "Nothing found for 2009 09 07 The-almost-monster-monster-2". Indievisionmusic.com. February 26, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "The Almost Mall Monster – Almost News @". Antimusic.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Almost - Monster Monster". AllMusic. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  11. ^ "The Almost Monster EP Tracklisting and Artwork | News". Indie Vision Music. 2012-02-24. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  12. ^ a b Hot Topic and The Almost Create a New Retail Model Pre-release of Monster Monster
  13. ^ "Twitter / aaron gillespie: Shooting a video for the n". Twitter.com. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2012-03-02.