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North-East singer-songwriter Brass Monkey returns with his latest single Another Day. With a deep vocal and brooding, fuzzed up blues sound, this latest offering sounds like Crash Test Dummies had they taken residency in a truck stop bar in America. 

Here Brass Monkey, who will be performing Music’s Metaphor Music for Mental Health Virtual Concert on 22nd May and at Riverside 2, Newcastle on 17th September, tells us what inspired his latest release…

I usually start with the hook & build the music from there. I usually build lyrics around that, focusing more on what’ll sound good than what I want to say. That said, I can’t help putting unintended meaning into most of my tracks and this is no exception.

Another Day has lyrics that fit our current predicament perfectly but I actually finished writing it in 2019. It’s inspired by the fallout of the credit crunch, the injustice of the bailouts & the millions left behind or no longer with us due to austerity measures. There’re also a couple of references to glitzy over-consumerism & surveillance culture.

Musically it’s aggressive rock with a bluesy edge, starting with a low, simmering energy then building throughout. I’m heavily inspired by grunge and, like with my first and second singles, am trying to turn something negative into a positive piece of work people feel a little better for hearing. Failing that I’m happy to make their heads bounce.

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