"We sold around 350,000 albums [worldwide]." Sprung Monkey drummer and co-founder Ernie Longoria is proud of his band's track record. "We cracked the top 20 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart. We got MTV play."
Active from 1991 to 2002, Sprung Monkey had radio hits "Get 'em Outta Here," "Naked," and "What's That You Say." They toured 15 European countries, opened for Sublime and Sugar Ray, and released four albums. For the past three years, though, the local quintet has been on hiatus.
"I guess we were missing something," says Longoria. "Maybe it was the timing factor. We ran out of juice. We needed a break." Longoria and bassist Tony Delocht have been active with former P.O.D. guitarist Marco Curiel in Accident Experiment. Longoria says Accident Experiment is "...still on full force."
Now, Sprung Monkey has reunited for its first local show in years. Recording plans and a tour are possible. The reunion brings to mind the recently reconstituted Lucy's Fur Coat.
Says Longoria, "I think they look at it like we look at it: why kill something that shouldn't be dead?"
Sprung Monkey appears June 25 at the Casbah. Admission, $15. Must be 21.