Artist Interview: Monroe Strongback
Tell us about yourself and your music
Monroe Strongback is my post-cinematic math/post rock solo project that’s been around since 2014. So far Monroe has released 2 albums (The Secret Squadron, Stranger Returns), an EP (We Are Creature), and various singles. In a previous incarnation, I was a Hollywood writer so Monroe Strongback’s music feels like a soundtrack to a movie inside your head. I look at music as a vast playground to run around in and Monroe isn’t afraid to explore genres and bend a few at the same time. I’ve managed to take the basic post-rock thing and add rap, world music, jazz, found voices, orchestrations, ambient sounds, electronica, EDM, even the blues… and somehow keep all this identifiable as Monroe Strongback.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not right now. I’m having too much recording!
Who have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to a lot of unknown but incredible math rock artists on a closed math rock Facebook group. I listen to Signal Hill, early Explosions in the Sky and early GSYBE. Just recently I went down the psychedelic rabbit hole with the pre-Deadhead Dead. Amazing stuff in the late 60’s, early 70’s.
Tell us about your passions
I’ve spent most of the last year teaching mindfulness meditation at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua in the Caribbean. That has been a passion, especially helping people to make profound changes in their lives through recovery. I live on a lake when I am not on Antigua, so getting out on the water, or even just taking the time to sit by it and breathe is a reason to get up and be grateful. Doesn’t get much better than that.
What else is happening next in your world?
It’s snowing outside my window right now. Maybe I’ll go for a sleigh-ride.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Bruce!