Having found success in the southern Ontario music scene, singer-songwriter/guitarist marcus starr (formerly of radio free universe) teamed up with drummer Ben Clement, looking to go further down the rock 'n' roll rabbit hole. Sharing a love for country rock, jam bands and funk music, they founded Monte Carlo Band.
First they added dan krawchuck on bass guitar (formerly of Flat 5), who's thunderous grooves add mountains to the band's bottom end. Cam Draper, a jazz and world music enthusiast, was brought in on Tenor saxophone. Jon Edwards completes the lineup on keyboards.
With their inception in 2018, the band's energetic live performances brought audiences to their feet. Boasting four distinct vocalists, the band eagerly began writing new material, and by 2021,released their 10-song debut album, blending rock, funk and world music, respectively. Monte Carlo Band has performed Come Together Music Fest three years in a row, and in 2021 performed to a capacity crowd at Festival of Friends.
What's next for MCB? Plenty! Aside from performing concerts, the band is set to release a video for 8-Track Girl this summer. Furthermore, the band is writing new material for their follow-up album. So keep on eye out for MCB, the guys are gearing up and ready to roll.
“Hailing from Hamilton Ontario Canada, this dualistic nouveau jam-meets-traditional blues rock band have just released their first album on wax and digital. The album’s tightly played numbers are at times a semi-wild ride through using lanky rolling rock with upswing groove pop jams. They are however not like your average same-sounding jam band that’s currently out there in the jam indie scene. These guys make it accessible to all kinds of listeners, and no doubt can attract the most uptight listener who thinks the Grateful Dead are the only true jam talent there ever was. They incorporate a bit of jazz- especially with their saxophone player who makes thrilling zoning soaring notes fly out of the melodies of Rolling bass and biting guitar solos. Shades of funk appear now and then, usually leading to Freaky energy. No average twangyness here folks, just great refreshing sounds with classy style to it. Highlights are ‘Drug Test' (the video is) passionate, funny and gives glimpses of their cache of playing progressively excellently). The most emotional number is ‘I Need You’, which is mixed sonically with great spatiality that is higher than high- it drips with yearning and honesty in obtaining that special someone in your life. A laid back yet at the same time shaking debut album from a real promising band.”
- Roman Sokal