"Nope, not the Motor City band of '60s vintage, not the UK skiffle outfit, nor the Depeche Mode tributeers. This version of Monuments—featuring Gabriel Berezin, Grant Zubritsky, Kevin Plessner, and Mike Cook–is one of Brooklyn's finest, miraculously so in a borough that overflows with artists. And Gabe and 'nem are quite powerful, but its essence trends to subtle manipulations of space, the sort of attenuated twang that made Crazy Horse revered, and extending soulful harmonies far into the cosmos. Their full-length apparently won't surface till New Year, but you can certainly dig their brand of epic quiet now."
-The Village Voice
"Brooklyn-based quartet Monuments is touring in support of their self-titled LP. The solid theatrical debut is a concoction of Muse and Broken Social Scene with the sci-fi instrumentals of “Silver Star,” swooping vocals on “Not My Own,” the eerie guitar riffs of “Ice Pick Lobotomy,” and the heart-pounding percussion and acoustic guitar on “I’m Here Now,” an eerie retelling of lead singer Gabe Berezin’s near encounter with the World Trade Center attacks."
"Monuments are from Brooklyn. They make music that sounds like the rain. Steady but mysterious. Their slower, acoustic driven tracks (“I’m Here Now”) are like One by One era Foo Fighters whereas the rest of their songs are guitar heavy and experimental, like Pink Floyd...The songs are dizzying yet satisfying, like Explosions in the Sky through the rock’n’roll looking glass...They seek refuge in their own brand of creativity, stubbornly independent like a sailor at sea."
-Music Induced Euphoria.com
"This BKNY quartet is on to something here. I mean, you’ll definitely hear elements of bands like Radiohead and Muse on this s/t debut but they expand upon it with a heavy dynamic of low-end rumble, arpeggioed guitars , pounding drums and the passionate vocals of leader Gabriel Berezin. They could be huge. Check out “Not My Own” and “Silver Star’ for starters."
"Monuments, a Brooklyn-based indie/alternative group, put their heart and soul into their debut self-titled album. I know what you’re thinking: “no shit, all bands do.” But I’m serious, this album goes beyond the music and hits close to home, especially with lead singer Gabe Berezin. Track four, “I’m Here Now,” speaks of Gabe’s close encounter with the unfortunate tragedy we have all come to know as 9/11...Their last song, “Rescue Me,” is bass-filled and bursting with lyrical energy building a climactic end to an attention-grabbing debut album. In the very last seconds of “Rescue Me” they end with a sound suggestive of a record player coming to a stop; a suiting finish to the conclusion of a successful album two years in the making."
-Austin Music & Entertainment
"Monuments gives off a definite sense of urgency as the album progresses, proving that the order of an album can be just as crucial as the basic content. With guitars that sound more like seraphic vessels meant to purge the player of darkness than merely manmade instruments and with a vocal that can only be described as a masterful belt..."
"Monuments already stands out among the lovesick pop singers and hopefuls looking to make music as hooky as possible. That thoughtfulness, paired with the deep lapping of guitars and echoing vocals Monuments brings to the table makes the band’s self titled album play with an intimacy that isn’t often found in first releases. With the intent of questioning fate and the effect it has on all of us, Monuments belt, strum, and crash through this album in a way that is haunting and oddly invigorating..."
released April 1, 2010
Produced by: Ryan Simms, Kevin Plessner, Gabriel Berezin
Engineered by: Ryan Simms, Kevin Plessner
Mastered by: Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, NYC
All music written by: Gabriel Berezin, Kevin Plessner, Mike Cook
All lyrics written by: Gabriel Berezin
Guitar/Vocals: Gabriel Berezin
Guitar/Synths: Kevin Plessner
Bass: Grant Zubritsky
Drums/Percussion: Michael Cook
Additional bass recorded by: James Preston & Gabriel Berezin
Recorded at Flymax Studios, Woodstock, NY & Radio Tag, NYC
Art work: Sean Tice
Photo: Erin Patrice O'Brien & Pablo Cubarle
Special thanks to The Berezins, The Cooks, The Gelinis, The Plessners, The Zubritskys, James Preston, Leigh Batnick, Amy Ludwigsen, Chell Stephen, Lily Berezin, Jen Estrada, Carin Gorrell, Gordon Hardin, Kamara Thomas, Brian Young, Sean Tice, Craig Foisy, Joshua Bogart, Amal Bouhabib, Jeff Malinowski, John Durgee, Michael Legue, Pete Roseblum, Brian Landau, Jezebel, Radio Tag, Earl Greyhound, Contramano, Ghost Gamblers, Basement Band, Oceanographer, Great Elk, Adam's Castle, Me You Us Them, Triple Down Records, The Periodic Label, and our amazing friends. Extra special thanks to the late Billy Arbuckle and Vince Gallucci.
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