Jay Allen Sanford 1 p.m., May 24
RIYL: Ghost Ship, Gnaw Their Tongues, Harry Pussy, Stars of the Lid, the Crash Recovery
- "Stay Strange Debuits as Label" · June 6, 2013
Inception: San Diego, 2007
Influences: Swans, Scott Walker, Ghost Ship, Radiohead, Pavement, Brian Wilson
Monochromacy was originally known as Van Clitt when founded in 2007 by Esteban Flores. The lineup has included Flores, Sam Lopez (aka noise artist and Stay Strange promoter Zsa Zsa Gabor), and Misty Sunglow on bass and vocals, though most of the band's first ten years was basically spent as a Flores solo project.
Their 5-song Cement Cathedrals EP was released in summer 2013, mastered by James Plotkin and released on the local Stay Strange lable founded by Lopez. Limited to only 50 copies released on cassette, all tracks were mastered by James Plotkin (mastered for SUNN, Earth, Khanate) and manufactured by National Audio Company, with package design by dark artist Brandon Geurts.
Cement Cathedrals is a bleak landscape of ominous ambiance. A followup released in Autumn 2016, Live Isolated, features songs recorded all in one take.
By 2017, Flores had expanded the band once again to include collaborations with electronic keyboardist and percussionist Brian Ivan and Ariel Iribe on drums and electronics.