March of the Jack Boots (album)

by Monkeypig

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    Side A

    Waitin
    Super Lemon Dayze
    Silent Carousel
    Spellbound
    Into the Pit

    Side B

    My World
    Sand and Stone
    Take the Drop
    Tribezilla
    Que Sera

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    Side A

    Waitin
    Super Lemon Dayze
    Silent Carousel
    Sand and Stone
    Obsession With Falling
    Into the Pit

    Side B

    My World
    Spellbound
    Take the Drop
    Tribezilla
    420-24-7
    Que Sera

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Stylistically March of the Jack Boots is a definitely a bit of a mash up. There are times when it sounds like old pub rock and others when it’s more indie or punk. The underpinning element is rock n roll though and then the textures are added over the top. They include surf, stoner, hard rock, punk, garage, pop, and alternative sounds for want of a better word.

Lyrically the songs have been described as a libertarian take on things and that’s fair enough for part of the time. Monkeypig lyrics also drift into some romanticism, and gothic and protest themes.

Musically the album is guitar rock, full of riffing, chugging Marshalls and punctuated with catchy vocal melodies and harmonies and cutting lead breaks. The vocal style sometimes poppy, sometimes rocky and not always conventional and it doesn’t want to be. The drums and bass shape the grooves and dynamics of the songs. It’s lucky that Trent is a fit young drummer because the tempo of the songs is often unrelenting right handed down-stroking chaos. The lead guitar parts are dynamic and exotic tonally and diverse stylistically. Not afraid of being noisy but never noisy just for the sake of it.

You could probably say the music takes it influences from the early Australian indie, punk and rock scenes as well as the early Detroit and New York rock and punk scenes. Not to forget the British beat, heavy rock, punk and psychedelic bands. There are tinges of thrash on occasion.

The idea for Monkeypig first arose in 2014 when I had decided that I wanted to rummage through all the songs and ideas I’d built up over the years and record and publish an album. The idea for the title “March of the Jack Boots” had been floating around for a while and I thought it a suitable description for the temper of the times. In a home studio in Engadine, NSW I recorded pre-production versions of 12 songs. After some additional acoustic treatment to the recording space I began recording the album takes.

The first tracks I put down were the drums played on an old Tama Rockstar kit that I bought from ex Australian Test Cricketer Gavin Robertson off Gumtree! How random. Another bit of trivia is that the snare drum supposedly toured with Jon Farriss from INXS. The kit’s got an orange sparkle finish and it sounds pretty good. It’s still the house kit in the jam room at home. With no clicks, cue tracks, triggering, sequencing or midi I initially spent a bout two weeks recording the drums. I redid a few of the drum tracks later on as the album began to take shape a bit more. Tracking the drums in isolation with no cue tracks was a mentally and physically challenging experience!

Next came a week or so of bass tracks recorded via direct line in. For the bass I used an old white Aria Pro II that I bought in a pawnshop in Rockdale for $175 it’s a solid workhorse! The bass lines might seem understated but the melodic parts and rhythms are critical in contributing to the sum of the various textures and grooves in the Monkeypig sound.

Next came tracking the guitars for which I used a 74 Gibson SG Deluxe, a Black 95 Les Paul Custom and a recent US Strat Deluxe with a humbucker for the tremolo bits. Guitars were played through a 50 watt Marshall head and 2 x 12 open back speaker. I spent a lot of time tracking guitars. This was being to keep in line with the modus operandi of treating the songs as compositions from start to finish rather than a simple a verse chorus verse narrative. This approach was important considering the plan was to fuse numerous disparate genres together. It was important to make the transitions between the styles as seamless as possible. There was particular emphasis on how the lead guitar lines tied into the rest of the song and were given almost equal priority to vocals in the arrangements. Conversely vocals were often treated like instruments in the arrangements.

Like the guitars the vocals took some time. Some songs came to the table complete some were works in progress and some developed out of ideas as they went. Some vocal tracks were record as cues for lead guitar lines and keeps as final takes. Vocal harmony parts were built around the main vocal line. Like all the other parts vocal arrangements and styles were consciously used as “instruments” that helped glue the sum of the parts together stylistically and form-wise. Vocal tracks were deliberately left a little pitchy in parts. I think it was part of the effort to make everything sound more natural, which was a key point in the overall production vision.

The attitude towards the mix was more about finding the right balance and tones and creating a sense of ambience rather than making another over compressed and homogenized and perfect sounding record. So whilst delays, reverbs and compressors were used it was more about creating spaces than an effects extravaganza. After all one of the other key points in the production vision was that the songs were designed to be played live and loud for maximum mayhem! I would say that the final two points that weighed importantly were that the songs had to be full of hooks of some form or another and that the lyrics has to say something, they didn’t need to be deep all the time but hopefully get more reactions from the listener strike a chord with them on more occasions somehow.

From beginning to end it took nearly two years to complete the album including creating the studio space. The front sleeve illustration was done by a curious chap named James Sherwood. It was a tricky assignment as I wanted a collage of incongruous elements presented in a fantasy landscape. It took a while but we got there in the end with James making the picture his own. It’s trippy, eccentric, asethetically easy on the eye and catchy..


The digital download and CD versions are now remastered for digital formats. (SUB003)
The vinyl record mixed and mastered for vinyl (SUB001)
CD Version of vinyl mix (SUB002)

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released November 1, 2016

Recorded between November 2014 and April 2016 in a home studio in Engadine, NSW, Australia.

All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed by Christian Ryan. Recorded at a home studio in Engadine, NSW

© Christian Ryan, 2016, all rights reserved
℗ Christian Ryan, 2016, all rights reserved.

Monkeypig are:

Luke Brydon - bass
Braden Hunter - guitar / BVs
Trent Lamborn - drums
Christian Ryan - guitar / vocals

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Monkeypig Newcastle, Australia

Guitar mayhem from Newcastle Australia, up tempo anthems of old school indie Aussie fusing surf, punk, garage, pop, hard, stoner manic rock.

Guitar / vox - Christian Ryan
Guitar / BVs - Braden Hunter
Bass - Luke Brydon (Stu)
Drums - Trent Lamborn
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Track Name: Waitin
Waitin

When the cold sinks to your bones
You’re oceans from your home
The time it takes to sit and think alone
Why is non-conforming bad
Does smiling mean you’re glad?
Maybe it’s the shape of things to come

Sometimes you’re waitin for your soul
You’re waitin for your soul

Tame the beast that was your past
Was shootin such a blast?
Trapped inside the borders of the known
Beat the crap out of your life
You’re higher than a kite
Soon you’ll know the place that they’ve all gone

Some times you’re waitin for your soul
You’re waitin for soul
Track Name: Super Lemon Dayze
Super Lemon Dayze

Cause there really is no crime
Cause these really is no crime
I work and raise a family just as you
Try walkin just one day in different pair of shoes

I love my Super Lemon Dayze
Stop dissin on the people for living in their peaceful ways

I feel good, feel peace today
And there really is no crime
And there really is no crime
And I have found, have found a way
Agreeable to me, no harm to society

I love my Super Lemon Dayze
Stop dissin on the people for living in their peaceful ways
I love my Super Lemon Dayze
Narrow thinking is hurting people once again, once again

Cause there really is no crime
Cause these really is no crime
And all my troubles go for a little while
And even though you try
You can’t control my mind
Track Name: Silent Carousel
Silent Carousel

Can you feel the disease
That brings you to your knees
That is gnawing away at your heart?
You make new beginnings
Alarm bells start ringing
And you circle back to the start

If you waste all your time
It’s the waste that’s the crime
Like the baggage that you have to cart
Too little, too late, the relief can’t abate
And you’ve circled back to the start

I can’t jump off this silent carousel
I can’t get off it’s getting harder and harder
Spinning quicker now no I can’t my bearings
I can’t jump off no which way is forward now?

If you’re on a journey that slows
The further it goes
The islands seem farther apart
When you flounder and sink
You can’t help but think
Will I end up back at the start?

I can’t jump off this silent carousel
I can’t get off it’s getting harder and harder
Spinning quicker now no I can’t my bearings
I can’t jump off no which way is forward now?
Which way is forward now?
Spinning quicker now
Track Name: Sand and Stone
Sand and Stone

All I ever wanted was a house with a beach break view
I wanted to escape just me and you
We could see the waves breakin outside
Sand and stone they were on our minds
When the sky above was falling down
Tokin more and more just lost, not found

Sand and stone is on our minds
I’m lost in time

Tubular swells each day oh yeah
Rising tide and long blonde hair
Once again we’re out the door
We should be going more and more

Sand and stone is on our minds
I’m lost in time

Tubular swells each day oh yeah
Rising tide and long blonde hair
Once again we’re out the door
We should be going more and more

So stick with me don’t play with me
And I will show you how to be free
Rising tide and long blonde hair
Lets just make life fair yeah, yeah!

Sand and stone is on our minds
I’m lost in time
Track Name: Obsession With Falling (song)
Obsession With Falling

Fly above the rooftops high up off the ground
Don’t you stare too long cause it’s a long way down
Flyin in my dreams wind rushing through my hair
On the edge of danger a fool without a care

I got an obsession with falling

Wandering the cliffs in the stormy night air
Look over the edge step closer if you dare
Is it just a dream or am I plunging to my fate
I got that floating feeling I hope I am awake

I got an obsession with falling

Whose gonna hear you now
High up in your tower now
Whose gonna help you now
Get back on your feet

Whose gonna hear you now
There’s sweating on your brow now
Whose gonna help you now
Catch you in your sleep

Whose gonna hear you now
From your lonely window
You locked the stairs long ago
And now the key is gone

Whose gonna help you now
Calm your worried moments
Whose gonna hold you when
When your world is turning wrong

I got an obsession with falling

Hangin out the door I’m flyin once again
I thought I heard a voice in the back of my brain
I couldn’t work out what he was tryin to say
Hangin by my fingertips I just heard it again

I got an obsession with falling
Track Name: Into the Pit
instrumental
Track Name: My World
My World

No time to waste an ugly haste in my world
Hope for some not everyone in this world

You gotta say
It’s my world

Feel the strain a loss to gain in your world
The Earth is dead but no one said it’s my fault

You gotta say
It’s my world

Stuff it up for a quick buck it’s your world
Soon we’ll all be living in the fourth world

You gotta say
It’s my world
Track Name: Spellbound
Spellbound

It seems so odd I should be scared
How can I stop my dizzy head?
My body’s achin like I’m spacin
It’s not like I’m facing the unknown

It is such a funny game
When I’m alone with you I’m sane
It is such a funny game, it aint a shame
When I’m alone with you I’m sane

How come it seems like the first time?
Yesterday all things seemed in line
Today I fly without a net
I’m being dragged where I don’t venture yet

I’m being dragged but I don’t care
Track Name: Take the Drop
Take the Drop

This whole last summer working for the day
And now this jet plane it carries you away
Your life’s adventure you’re not going to be outdone
The winter swell brews your time of reckoning has come

Take the Drop

You’ve think of all the foolish bragging that you’ve done now
Line after line of great walls rearing through the sun now
No turning back now pitched by the ocean’s scorn
My stomach tightens as I drop into the storm

Take the drop

Rail hissing, shaking now but still I am too slow
My crystal roof is coming down no where else to go
Tossed like a ragdoll as my underwater world explodes
I’m thinking of the reef down below in Davey Jones

Take the Drop
Track Name: Tribezilla
Tribezilla

My tribe and your tribe don’t
Often see eye to eye
Everyone is too busy
Swallowing all the lies

We should never lose sight of where
The crap stinks worse than the city air

Corporations and nations
Collude for your downfall
Is it nature or is it willed?
Are you another brick in the wall?
Information, frustration
Who knows what to believe?
Be certain those persons
And their dedication to greed

We should never lose sight of where
The crap stinks worse than the city air
He’s always on your shoulder persuading you
Do you do what’s right for your tribe?
Or what’s right for you?

Your children will get nothing
They’ll have no right to dignity
Do nothing and get nothing
And lose the right to be free
Track Name: 420-24-7 (song)
420/24/7

It’s time to end the discrimination
Across every worldly, fair and fantastic nation
It’s time to stop the incarceration
End all the needless pain and all of the frustration

420/7 is our ticket to heaven
The herb loves you better than the legal oppression
420/7 is my ticket to heaven
The herb takes away all my sixes and sevens

It’s time to end the tyranny – it’s time, about time
Good people shouldn’t have to
Live their lives in fear
Not talking criminals or bad – it’s time, about time
But they’re still doing hard time
I’d just like to add.

While you sip on your chardonnay
Taking in another sunny day
Spare a thought for those who dwell
In all the prison cells
Not criminals, not bad
But they’re doing hard time I’d like to add
Maltreated, ridiculed by the bullies of the world
Always punchin’ down on the meek, on the weak
Don’t need violence we’ve moved on from there

No more black and white, spot-light
Scare the kids in the night
No shame, no blame
People’s lives are not a game
420 if you will
Let the people have their will
Let them have their fill
It’s not bad, it’s not wrong
It’s less harmful so what’s wrong?
There’s no violence it’s naturally ordained
For us to use

Let’s all sit down and share a pipe
Bring the city to the pipe
Bring your friends along
Bring business, bring politics
Bring medicine along
I don’t want to go to jail
But you can’t stop me I will inhale
Like Clinton, Obama, Bush and Tenacious D
Cheech and Chong and Snoop Lion
And all the Doobie Bros,
Like Brad Pitt I’m gonna share the bowl around
It won’t take long I gotta pack one for
Washington, Shakespeare
Elizabeth, Columbus,
The Pharaohs and JFK
Oscar Wilde and Cranston
Oprah, Bill Gates
Rolling Stones and Beatles
Seth Rogan, Martha Stewart
Ga Ga , Madonna
Joan of Ark, Clooney, Depp
Robert Downy Junior
Robin Williams, Jay Z
Ancient Greeks, the Sultans
Morocco, Jamaica and Swaziland
Nepal and all hail Amsterdam
And 420 heads everywhere!
The people have spoken
They’re still tokin!
Track Name: Que Sera
Que Sera

Do you know what you have seen?
Did you leave a trail of crumbs where you’ve been?
Do you know the sum what you do?
Do you think the world is out to get you?

Que Sera, Sera, what ever will be will be
Que Sera, Sera, what ever will be will be

I might sleep at night in peace
If someone was watching over me