I spent yesterday afternoon with Neal and Cole Friedman talking about the upcoming album and how “Somedays” came to be.
Part 1: Neal explained how he had recently discovered The Band, Van Morrison and the Last Waltz and how he was finding a lot of influence in their music. He found himself skipping class to work on “Somedays” on school pianos and would literally “bang out rock n roll and blues progressions till [his] fingers went numb.” It also happens to be one of the oldest songs on the entire album as well as the first song Neal ever wrote on piano.
Part 2: While the entire album is both a gem and a jam, the last 45 seconds of “Somedays” shows the true colors of the Monbacks full sound. They were playing at Tom Tom Festival in Charlottesville and lost power mid “Somedays.” They quickly started jamming on just drums, percussion and the horns. Then once the power was back on the whole band jumped in the jam and it stuck from then on.
“Somedays” is a perfect song to go along with the warmer weather and I’ve found it stuck in my head quite a bit since first hearing it. From Neal’s leads echoed by Michael and Harry in perfect harmony, to the sax and trumpet, the clear musicianship involved in every beat or the grittiness of the song that runs right along the perfectly clean line, “Somedays” is a hit to say the least. It’s clear the band has spent years honing in their sound, and they’ve waited for the right time to make their move and that time is now.
Be sure to catch Major and the Monbacks at O’Connors Brewery on April 25th for their CD Release show and at LAVA Music Festival on May 16th.