It’s Monday, which means it’s time for a brand new track of the week. This time we’re featuring BIMM Dublin’s Munky, with their latest single ‘You’ve Got Male’.
What inspired you when writing this track?
Frustration, agitation and an old AOL soundbite.
Were there any particular music influences while you were writing?
Zac: We all approach from slightly different backgrounds, moving towards a shared destination. In the vocal melody, I was inspired by old crooners, even though it’s probably not that apparent. In my guitar on this song I was listening to lots of garage-punk, like Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and TRAAMS; particularly trying to go for that really energetic thrashy twang John Dywer gets on the Oh Sees stuff.
Conor said that Nirvana was a big influence on his playing in this track. He kept thinking of ‘In Bloom’ when playing his guitar solo in this song. Niall loves dance-y punk like Bodega and !!!, so they crept in there, and of course with Sam’s drumming there’s always a hint of Robbie Williams for good measure.
Is there anything you do to try and make your music stand out?
Zac: We make stupid meme videos that people probably like more than our tunes. It might actually be counter-productive, but we enjoy making them.
How did your songwriting process work?
Zac: We jam for hours in a messy room and try and record bits of stuff on a phone that we think is good in the moment, and listen back to what we did. I go off and write lyrics and further develop the melodies that came as a result of jamming. A lot of times the stuff you just don’t think about and play is the best bits, the rawest expression, the tightest groove. The phone recording is kinda like a marble block that you chip away at until you’re left with a statue.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Spicy Margarita Party
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
Zac: Broadened my horizons and understandings of popular music history and connected me with many young, similar minded passionate music lovers. It also made me work every day on honing my craft.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
We’ve got tons of new songs coming soon. Also Kikagaku Moyo are playing their first show in Dublin in May, which is exciting. But the sad part is Psychedelic Porn Crumpets just got announced for their first Irish gig on the same day. Oh and I guess Brexit is coming soon too although I don’t know that’s probably more suspenseful than exciting. There’s also rumours that Frank Ocean will be dropping new music this year.
Photo by Gary Morris-Roe