3 x SAMA nominated band MONARK are invigorating the South African music scene with their gloriously powerful anthemic pop sound. Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery – polished with his distinctive falsetto – and Ewald Jansen van Rensburg’s unmatched, global production style, Monark craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks. Performing as a 4-piece band, they deliver something completely fresh and unique and are setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes across the South African music landscape.
MONARK have had a remarkable run of successes on radio with no less than 6 consecutive Top 10 singles, with 2 of those – Hush and SAMA ‘Record of the Year’ nominated Build It Up – hitting #1. Monark released a double disc Deluxe Edition of their SAMA nominated, iTunes chart topping album Negatives in October 2015, featuring all 6 smash singles plus 2 new amazing tracks.
Hailing from Potchefstroom in North West, Monark catapulted into the limelight with their debut single ‘Smiling’ in early 2013. With Ewald and Eugene having worked together for years writing and recording material, the pair had nurtured a magnificent musical chemistry and brought together Deon de Klerk and Graeme Wuth to perform the material they had crafted. With stand-out performances at most of South Africa’s music festivals and numerous accolades, including MK ‘Newcomer of the Year’ nomination in 2014, Monark are a band undeniably destined for big things.
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Earlier this year saw the release of a brand new self-titled album by MONARK. The album comes after the release of the first single from the album, BROKEN, earlier this year.
MONARK, the album, was written and produced by band members Eugene Coetzer and Ewald Janse van Rensburg and recorded at Ewald’s studio in Potchefstroom.
The album sees the band venturing into a new direction with regards to their sound and production. They have always written music which they themselves would like to listen to whilst moving with new trends in the market and challenging themselves to explore new sounds; they explored a range of styles for this album to appeal to an even broader audience. The result – an album with more intricate layerings which is a little darker, more broken down and less saturated which still features frontman Eugene’s distinctive vocals paired with MONARK’s signature hooks and catchy melodies fans have come to love.
The band drew inspiration for the album from the conflicts of interest between any two human beings and the extreme irony which flows from that: Love/hate, joy/pain, the self/the other – the fine balance between the passion that drives any relationship and the colder choices behind the long term stability.
With more intricate and complex songs with regards to the core melody, the band has decided to self-title their latest offering: “We went with a self-titled album because we wanted to make an impact and remove any distracting clutter around who we are and what we are doing. We wanted to make the point that ‘This is Monark!’ – clean, simple and to the point with no labyrinth of of layered meanings to lessen the impact of the music.”
- Lonely Light
- You Lie
- Here’s To the Fun
- Show Me The Love
- Sake of Our Love (feat. Ryki)
- Hold On
- Show House
Photo Credit:Daniel Craig Johnson
- Hi guys… it is such a pleasure to be featuring you guys on the site again!! Is everyone doing well today?
- Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the members of MONARK and where in SA are you from?
- How/Where did you guys meet up to form this epic band?
- MONARK has been around for what seems like forever.. With your debut album, NEGATIVES, getting some incredible airplay and being nominated for 3x SAMA awards and a MK award. What were some of your highlights from all the gigs, interviews, award ceremonies and tours that came with the album?
- We believe that you have just released you latest album…Tell us more about it? What can we expect from this album? Any notable collaborations or features?
- Lets go out on a limb.. Which track do you see being the “best seller’ or “most plays” from the album?
- What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
- Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
- Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
- Where can we follow you on Social media?
- Thanks for your time guys…!!