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SOMETHING INVOLVING A MONKEY was started as a concept ironic band back in the summer months of 2010 when Joe Petrich & Todd Ankrom's band The Family Riot went de-funked. They recruited the bass playing/kazoo blowing talents of Bezo from Resist/Blood Runs Dry. The idea....write creative, unique, genre crossing music that would send the listener all over the map of ear entertainment. Vanilla is for ice cream, not music, was their motto. Gigging for this band started in 2011. The band experienced success as they traveled the state of Ohio & western PA. Live shows showcased the members multi-tasking talents as crowds watched them juggle multiple instruments at once. Songs ranged in topic about guady starlights to pudding on one's face. Often described as Primus mashes with System of a Down, this still does not completely encompass the group.
Unfortunatly, a December 30th, 2011 show opening up for Cleveland's own Mushroomhead brought about tragity for the band when drummer, Todd Ankrom, suffered a massive heart attack moments after their set. Todd apparently suffered from an enlarged heart, something unbeknownst to himself or anyone else. This put the band on the shelf for sometime. But the surviving members have decided to pursue the group in Todd's memory, hiring the drum talents of Nick Ritz. With hearts heavy, the band looks to march on to the beat of their own drum (pun completely intended) and carry on with their sarcastic blend of "other" music. This brought about rehearsal sessions in the summer months of 2012 in preparation for the group's first full-length album "The Wasteland'.
"The Wasteland" is a concept album constructed during the writing period prior to Todd Ankrom's passing. The Album had been laid out and was due for tracking in Jan/Feb of 2012, but, alas, was postponed until late fall the same year. The idea behind the album is a knock on modern TV culture and the general short attention span audience that encompasses it. The songs have a wide range of topics that poke fun, yet sarcastically point out the obscure nature of "sitting in front of the tube". From the album cover to the channel surfing in between songs, "The Wasteland" takes you on an hour long episode of a typical Americans day in front of the TV. There are a few serious & sentimental moments as the band inserts tributes to their fallen band mate. The album is and was always intended to be cyclical, where the ending is, in fact, the beginning. "The Wasteland" was heavily funded by many who pledged on Kickstarter and was ultimately released through Misfit Toy Records on April 20, 2014. It can be heard on Spotify and purchased through CD Baby, Amazon & iTunes.