2012s In Your Brain sits on the fuzzy psych side of soul and funk.
Paying homage to innovators such as Sly Stone, Norman Whitfield and
Funkedelics George Clinton, the 6 piece outfit displays their ability to
put a moody stamp on each composition. Touching on everything from
cinematic soul, heavy funk, 60s rock and spaghetti western laced with
yellow sunshine acid, the album is sure to leave you tuned in and turned
With a different sound and a do it yourself attitude towards making
records, Monophonics guitarist Ian McDonald and keyboardist/vocalist
Kelly Finnigan took on the duties of engineering and producing. Finding
influence and gear advice from Orgones Sergio Rios as well as articles
from Daptones Gabe Roth and Shawn Lee, they purchased an 8-track ¼
inch tape machine, vintage microphones, spring reverbs and tape delays
and dug into Finnigans basement in SF. Half the battle making records
in this genre is tone and vibe, we have figured out over the years that it
might be the simplest written song but with the right production it can
become timeless, explains McDonald.
Collaborating with talented friends was another consistent theme on
this record featuring a dozen or so different musicians, but the stand
out feature are the vocals of that soulful crazy queen Fanny Franklin
(Orgone, Get Wet) on All Together and tapping Sergio Rios to do the mix
at Killion Sound. Killion has become a highly respected studio because of
Rioss dirty tones and soulful style as evidenced by the various Orgone
releases plus recordings from artists like Jack Splash (Cee-Lo & Alicia
Keys) and Ikebe Shakedown.