February 07, 2007

Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan: Uncle Monk

Ok, which one of you who have thought that Tommy Ramone would play - wait for it - alt-country indie-bluegrass? Well, he does. He teamed up with Claudia Tienan two years ago, and together they are known as Uncle Monk. After playing the odd gig here and there the debut album is scheduled for release May 22.

We are making use of string-band instrumentation along with alternative rock flavorings. We're drawn to the classic simplicity of string-band music, but at the same time we are deeply involved with the aesthetics of indie music. There is a similarity between punk and old-time music ? both are home-brewed as opposed to schooled. Both have earthy energy. And there is a certain cool in old-time music that is found in the best alternative artists.

Tommy Ramone: vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo and dobro
Claudia Tienan: vocals, guitar and bass

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