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Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk

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Monsters of Folk


Years Active: 2004 to present

Genre: Alternative rock

Country: United States


Conor Oberst
Jim James
Mike Mogis
M. Ward

Artist Bio:

Five years ago, when Jim James, Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst and M. Ward first toured together, they were a study in contrasts as well as in camaraderie. Ward, hauntingly delivering his own blues and folk-based tunes, took a spare, intimate approach. My Morning Jacket vocalist and guitarist James, on the other hand, was already reaching for the rafters with his keening, echo-laden voice. Oberst with his long-time producer, multi-instrumentalist and Bright Eyes mainstay Mogis offered both candor and drama in songs that fell somewhere between confession and fever dream. conor oberst and yim yames That was a rare, up-close opportunity to watch the interaction among these young artists, a send-off, in a way, as each went on to greater individual acclaim. But it was also just the beginning, a prelude to the collaborative adventure of making their first record together an album years in the planning and months in the making, one that has turned out to be far more than the already impressive sum of their parts. It was never a question of where or how it was just when, say Ward of Monsters of Folks studio debut. We knew we wanted to record an album after seeing that......[Read More]