Rare Monk / unveil animated video for their new single ‘Splice

Rare Monk / unveil animated video for their new single ‘Splice

The brand new double aside single from Rare Monk – ‘Splice’ / Sleep/Attack’ – is out now on B3SCI Records. Listen to both tracks and watch the beautifully animated video for ‘Splice'(below)

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Rare Monk combine their love of both 90s and contemporary indie rock with a fevered pop intensity.

The double a-side was recorded in late 2013 in Los Angeles with producer Wally Gagel (Best Coast, Muse). ‘Splice’ swells from a simple, blissed out bassline into a soaring indie anthem, whilst ‘Sleep Attack’ gives us a glimpse of the band’s heavier rock influences, with a giddy edge.

Listen to both tracks,  ‘Splice’ / ‘Sleep/Attack’

Frontman Dorian Aites explains “I think the important thing here is not to try and fit a compartmentalised soundscape, or to try and be different from everyone else; the importance lies in doing what you are passionate about. Passion is genuine.”
Already picking up strong radio support on both sides of the Atlantic (playlisted on XFM in the UK, and plays from KEXP, KCRW in the US) Rare Monk will play at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin Texas alongside a handful of other US shows and a run of UK dates in May. Full listings as follows (more TBA):
Rare Monk live:

2nd Mar – The White Eagle, Portland OR
6th Mar – Bombs Away Cafe, Corvallis OR
8th Mar – Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
9th Mar – Bar Pink, San Diego, CA
11th Mar – Lit Lounge, Austin TX SXSW
12th Mar – Red Eyed Fly, Austin TX SXSW
15th Mar – Firehouse Lounge, Austin TX SXSW
21st Mar – Treefort Music Fest, Boise, ID
3rd May – Hoxton Sq, London UK
4th May – Notting Hill Arts Club, London UK
6th Jun – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR

‘Splice’ video

Praise for ‘Rare Monk’:


“near-perfect indie rock” – The Line of Best Fit
“for those of you that want a bit more rock in your daily diet” – The 405
“hazy, spacey music with a pop sensibility” – Indie Shuffle
“the instrumentals take on an explosive edge” – All Things Go
“Dreamy, euphoric indie songcraft…” – Clash

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