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RETURN

Foreign Monkeys started working on RETURN in 2011 and the work kept on until late 2013 when the band went in to sudden hibernation. The band came together again in 2018 and finished the album later that year. RETURN was released almost exactly 10 year after the release of Foreign Monkeys first album "π" (Pi).

 

RETURN is available on major music platforms and on Vinyl which is available for purchase here on the site.

Mixed by Gísli Stefánsson

Mastered by Finnur Hákonarson

FIRST SINGLE OF RETURN

WON'T CONFESS

Released in February 2019 and is a independant sequel of the song Million, the first song on the debut album "π" (Pi). The songs are inspired by a bank robbery going siteways.

 

Mixed by Gísli Stefánsson

Mastered by Finnur Hákonarson

SINGLE FROM 2019

Nú meikarðu það Gústi

Cover of a song written by Bjarmar Guðlaugsson and originally sung by the late Jóhannes Ágúst Stefánsson in 1980. Jóhannes Ágúst or "Gústi" as he was generally know is on the singles' cover.

Mixed and mastered by Gísli Stefánsson.

SINGLE FROM 2020

Return

The title song from the album "RETURN" released as a single in April 2020. 

The songs lyrics are about the bands return to the Icelandic Rock scene and the video is a metaphor for how it is to arrive in to this changed scene many years later and not fitting in.

SINGLE FROM 2012

zoology

Released in 2012 and was supposed to be the first single of our second album.

Mixed og mastered af Styrmir Hauksson.

DEBUT ALBUM

π (pi)

Foreign Monkeys on Full Blast  ★★★★☆

 

Foreign Monkeys - π

 

The Westman Islands lads in Foreign Monkeys who won the 2006 Reykjavík Music Experiments, just recently released their first album, and it was high time as some would say. The album is called π (PI) which is a false statement concerning the contents, as the songs have very little to do with this famous incomprehensible figure. On the contrary, the four strong band serve us very digestible rock music – straight forward and very good.

In the first song, “Million”, it is already clear that the listener is not handled with care, and the good promises given there keep perfectly from then on. Then follows the song “Love Song”, which scores as one of the best on the album, and the lads keep up right to the end of the disc. “Black Cave, Molla” and “Bibi Song” are all super cool songs that should more than satisfy the rock music hunger of everyone, not forgetting the smashing “Los” which is a kind of a culmination point that falls in about the middle of the album. The song is only a couple of minutes long and reminds of something that Soundgarden could have created at the time that Superunknown appeared. The Foreign Monkeys do not only have a nose for splicing together tight and rewarding riffs, but they can also compose good melodies. And they are harvesting according to that.

 

The Foreign Monkeys seem to be influenced by all sorts of good stuff. Something tells me that they heavily appreciate Queens Of The Stone Age, and the funk bass and a monster scream or two from singer Bogi Ágúst Rúnarsson remind a lot on Faith No More with Mike Patton on a good day. I’ll be damned if they do not pay respect to FNM in the song “WhemWhem” it responds heavily to “Caffeine” from the album Angel Dust.

Not that the lads could be accused of copying these foreign prodigies; it is just that the sound is so super good that it can easily be compared to any other strange and foreign mammals. Their debut is simply very well done. It does not hurt that most of the songs are on the shorter side, they are never drawn out apart from the two last songs. They are by far the longest and to be honest I’d have liked them a little bit shorter. It does not matter a lot though and this album is a bullet proof item for those who like heavy rock – and a bit more than that.

 

Jón Agnar Gíslason (Mbl. Sunday May the 10th 2009)

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