- Published on Thursday, November 08 2012
- Written by Sarah Osman
L.A.-based indie rock band Saucy Monky’s latest video and single, “Awkward”, tells of the inevitable uneasy moment when you run into your ex at a party, and then seeing that they have moved on with someone new while you have not. I have to say, I felt my heart go out to the poor girl as she attempted to make her ex jealous by quickly kissing another girl, putting on sexy clothing, and attempting to make small talk with fellow party-goers. Although I myself have never had this experience, I have run into my ex when I was not expecting to, and the situation was, indeed, awkward.
If you have never heard of Saucy Monky until now, then be prepared to hear the name a lot more. Fronted by Dublin-born singer and guitarist Annmarie Cullen, Saucy Monky was formed after Cullen and singer Cynthia Catania consistently crossed each other's paths in Los Angeles. The two began to host a weekly Music Night at a pub in Santa Monica, and from there, a beautiful friendship and partnership began. Cullen has remarked that she thinks of Cynthia as a sister, and that the two would most likely be there to bail the other one out of jail (now that’s true friendship!). The two also remain extremely loyal to fellow bandmates Steve Giles (bass) and Megan Jane (drums).
The duo’s first two LPs were released in Ireland, and the single “Disco Ball (Boulevard Remix)” became a bona fide Top 40 AAA hit. As the band began to become more well-known, their music started popping up on a variety of TV shows, including Nickoledeon’s “iCarly” and ABC’s “Alcatraz”. But the band has mixed things up a bit with their latest EP, Trophy Girl.
Trophy Girl is actually a lyric from “Awkward”, to describe what it is like to see your ex’s new squeeze. However, there are more songs to the EP, so the interpertation of the lyrical "trophy girl" can be seen in many different ways. Having listened to the rest of the album, I found myself captivated by Saucy Monky’s melodic, soothing rhythms and jazz tempo. Cullen has a divinely sultry voice that manages to seduce and soothe at the same time. In fact, I would actually recommend putting on one of Saucy Monky’s songs if you are looking to seduce your special someone -- they are indeed saucy!
And be sure to take a look at their latest video for “Awkward”, and check out their entire EP on their Website!
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff