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Going strong since 2004, Monkeysoop is a progressive grunge trio, balancing dynamic guitar melodies with grunge-pop vocals. The band has toured extensively in the US, as well as in Canada and Europe, with music from their ten albums and many compilation CDs. Monkeysoop's musical blend keeps audiences energized and wanting to hear more.
This dedication and commitment to their career has seen them supporting the likes of Green Jelly, Lillian Axe, The Bullet Boys, Loudness, LA Guns, Bang Tango, Lizzy Borden, Sabaton, Foghat, Lordi, Molly Hatchett and Grand Funk Railroad to name but a few.
Monkeysoop is a band made up of musical pioneers in the true sense of the word, with their eclectic brand of styles showcasing the bands diversity and attracting such people as guitarist supremo Michael Angelo Batio, Impaler vocalist Bill Lindsey, Drummer Snowy Shaw (King Diamond) and Chris Poland (Megadeth) to play on their albums.
Monkeysoop have their eyes firmly fixed on the United Kingdom for a run of shows in the summer of 2018. More news on this as it develops.
Monkeysoop received Grammy consideration in 2005 for "Best Rock Performance.”
The band was honored as the "BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL BAND" for the "MYSPACE HALL OF FAME”, Class of 2010.
Monkeysoop’s music is featured in the television series "The Drive TV".
The band released its tenth CD, WHERE THE TRUTH LIES, on Feb. 15, 2017, and toured in the summer of 2017 in the United States and Canada in support of the album.
The band released its ninth CD, YEAR OF THE MONKEY, on June 15, 2016, and embarked on a 13-date US/Canada tour on June 16th.
Monkeysoop released its eighth CD, ZOMBIE MOSH, in June, 2015, through Burning V Records.
Monkeysoop released its seventh CD, DARNITALL, in November, 2014.
The band signed in 2012 with Tate Music Group and released its sixth CD, GRAY MATTER, in October, 2013.
Previously, Monkeysoop was signed with Sonic Wave International, Inc., through which they have released five CDs since 2004; EXPERIMETAL II, EXPERIMETAL, NUNS' NIGHT OUT, COUNTERCLOCKWISE, and MONKEYSOOP. All of Monkeysoop's music is available on major internet retailers.
The funds earned from Monkeysoop’s song “Kendall” go to aid the American Heart Association.
The funds earned from Monkeysoop's song "Crazy" go to groups that aid the homeless.
Monkeysoop is honored to have played several shows with GREEN JELLY, LILLIAN AXE, LOUDNESS, LA GUNS, THE RADIOACTIVE CHICKEN HEADS, ROSEMARY'S BILLYGOAT, THE BULLET BOYS, BANG TANGO, and PHANTOM X.
Monkeysoop has also opened for acts like LIZZY BORDEN, GRAHAM BONNET, MICHAEL SCHENKER, DICK DALE, SABATON, KEEL, FOGHAT, LORDI, FEAR, D.I., TOTAL CHAOS, GRAHAM BONNET, AGENT ORANGE, JOEY BELLADONNA, MOLLY HATCHET, GRAND FUNK RALIROAD, JOHNNY WINTER, THREE DOG NIGHT, THE GUESS WHO, THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND, and BIG BROTHER HOLDING COMPANY.
Band founder and guitarist Jerry Connor began his obsession with guitar on South Padre Island, Texas. After years playing in various local bands, his world turned upside down when a fateful accident nearly cost him left hand and his life. Following two major surgeries, many doctors told him he would never play guitar again. Undeterred, Jerry studied music theory and composition at the University of Texas Pan American in hopes of becoming a composer.
Determined to follow his dream of being a noted guitarist, Jerry rehabilitated his hand through years of relentless practice and was able to once again rock the crowd slinging six strings. After playing and recording across the country with many groups, he settled in San Antonio and began writing the music that would become signature Monkeysoop. When he’s not slinging strings for ‘Soop, Jerry also shreds guitar part-time in the notorious puppet/comedy band Green Jelly.
Drummer/vocalist Erica Missey fell in love with the music world watching her grandfather and uncle play guitar in her childhood. She started playing trumpet when she was eleven, and enjoyed playing through high school and in a couple of bands in college.
After several years of concentrating on her early art career, Erica had a strong urge to return to making music. She bought a bass guitar and began teaching herself to play. In 2002, she met Jerry Connor and joined with him to form Monkeysoop. After years of playing bass for the band, in 2010, Erica shifted her focus to become Monkeysoop's drummer and primary singer. Erica also drums part-time for Green Jelly.
Monkeysoop's sometimes bass smasher Al Williams alternates between saying "I'm too old for this shit" and "I'm too young for this shit!" He lives in Houston where, when he's not trying to make Monkeysoop laugh (or cry or throw things at him), he's working as a world-renowned lighting director at some concert venue. He joins in the fun when Monkeysoop serves as the backup band for Bill Manspeaker's Green Jello where, due to a slight resemblance, he plays the part of Sammy Hagar, The Man Who Screwed Up Van Halen. Al likes his car, his freedom and hos (good) vodka. He also answers to Tumbleweed. Ask him why.
Mitch Laing & Dan Hickman - regional bassists -- Bios coming soon
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