Monterey: The King’s Head
New Brunswick’s Monterey has captured the basement music sound that came to define its hometown with their latest EP, The King’s Head. Despite the simple lyrics, the album’s raw honesty makes for a captivating listen, while the band’s not-so-clean-cut sound gives the record grassroots charm.
The King’s Head remains consistent throughout the listening experience, though each song takes on a life of its own. “Brainfreeze,” the opening track, starts the album off strong with mesmerizing guitar breakdowns, while also giving listeners a preview of the gruff vocal style used throughout the record. The third track, “More Alive,” is a fast-paced jam willing the audience to live their lives, rather than questioning every choice they make. Carter Henry and Michael O’Reilly’s dual vocals on “Come Back Down,” along with solid instrumentation and a subtle gang-vocal ending, work to make it one of the album’s catchiest.
Monterey’s sound is true to the New Jersey music scene, and all of the songs spread simple, relatable messages about life. In a small state thriving with creativity, Monterey has tapped into that wellspring to create a small album with big impact.
This review first appeared in Issue Four