Monk Tamony was born instantly over drinks in a downtown Lower East Side bar. After realizing he'd been writing songs for a band that didn't exist, TJ Rosenthal (vocals, guitar) walked the new material over to long time friend Joe Zdaa (drums, vocals). Who then played the demo tracks while bartending at a popular underground hotspot in 2015. Days later, rehearsals were officially underway.
The bands' name is an ode to the various colorful characters who roamed the seedy streets downtown around the turn of the twentieth century. And, their sound is an amalgamation of the band’s biggest influences from the British invasion to classic soul and punk which has fast earned them attention for their exciting live shows.
The duo released their self titled debut EP in the summer of 2016. Their single "Leaders" was voted Q Magazine track of the day. In addition to live stints throughout various regions of the US in 2017, the band enjoyed festival stops in 2017 at both SXSW in Austin and the Desert Stars Festival.
The first single off the duo’s upcoming EP, THE GOOD SIDE was released in late January of 2018. It quickly saw heavy rotation soon after, on college radio stations throughout the US. The EP and single were produced by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes. Monk Tamony’s next single ON THE RUN is scheduled for release in June of 2018 and their EP is slated for release in September of 2018 in support of several live dates scheduled throughout the US including SXSW and following South America.