Monacy hails from West Chester, PA, a bustling little college town on the outskirts of musical mecca, Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love has spawned a plethora of notable musicians including Patti LaBelle, Pink, G-Love, The Roots, Joan Jett, Will Smith, and Hall and Oats, just to name a few. It’s the area’s stylistic diversity that has so greatly influenced Monacy’s musical soul.
The band incorporates a tasteful blend of funk, rock, R& B, hip-hop, and soul, resulting in a unique and savory sound;one almost impossible to classify. This original recipe was created in 2002 by drummer Nick Ruffini, who recruited guitarist/lead singer Bri, bassist Drew Pritchard, keyboardist James McLaughlin, and lead guitarist Brian Nash to complete the lineup.
Since then, Monacy has been spreading their love up and down the East Coast, performing in venues like the Trocadero and Theater of Living Arts, both in Philly all the way up to Nectar’s in Burlington, VT. The band has shared the bill with all-stars such as Phish’s Page McConnell, The Greyboy Allstars, Melvin Sparks, The Spam All-Stars, Dave Grippo (from The Trey Anastasio Band) and The Bloodhound Gang’s “DJ Q-Ball”. Monacy also played a command performance of sorts at the Viva La Bam end-of-season “wrap” party. In addition to supporting such high profile acts, Monacy is making a mark of their own as a premier band on the college and regional scenes. The band is primed and well on their way to break out nationally.
With the help of multi-platinum engineer Rich Gavalis (Bloodhound Gang) the band has completed their sophomore EP appropriately entitled “Intensely Casual Volume 1″, a collection of 5 songs that will make you want to get down, get funky, and get loose. Additionally, production is already underway for the Volume 2 follow-up EP scheduled for a December 2007 release. To add even more fuel to the fire, Monacy has teamed up with Los Lonely Boys‘ marketing and promotions manager, Gigi Greco to help spread Monacy’s sound.
Monacy’s eclectic style and energetic performances are sure to please any musical taste. Just one listen will leave you wanting more.