Ginger Ale & The Monowhales are releasing their newest EP on October 14th. The EP is aptly titled BANG, and we here at The Hook had the pleasure to review it.
The band has been around since 2014 and have been noticed in the Toronto indie scene due to their high energy and exuberant live performances. With their debut EP, HA!, Ginger Ale & The Monowhales gained spots on bigger and better shows, and being featured on The Main's Top 10 New Tracks This Week along with acts such as Braids, Father John Misty, and De La Soul.
The EP opens with a killer single in “Home,” a mellow track that reminds me of a softer early Katy Perry in its quirky charm. The chorus is catchy, “Home is where the hearts, the heart is... Never gonna stop, gonna make it to the top, hey!”
You can watch the music video for "Home" right here!
In an interesting turn, the opening track feels like it's on a different wavelength from the rest of the EP. BANG's next songs are much more aggressive and harder. It seems as if this EP is all about being in-your-face and direct. “Name For Myself” is a bit of an upbeat pop-rock song with crunchy guitars and rhythmic high-hats driving the main beat.
“Let It Fall” gets harder with its distortion, ratcheting up the intensity, the “bang” of the EP. The band keeps up the memorable hooks and melodic sound. This leads into the penultimate, and my personal favorite track on the release, “White Walls,” which goes full punk rock at times.
Ginger Ale & The Monowhales bring it back down for the majority of the closer, “Don't Talk.” The track builds to a big crescendo and ends the EP, leaving the listener wanting a lot more from this band.
Overall, I'm going to give BANG a 9/10.
I really enjoyed the punchy spirit of this EP, and the band has a great melodic indie rock vibe that I think can really connect with an modern audience that wants a mashing of sub-genres to really sink their teeth into. I can't wait for a longer release to see what else these guys can do.
BANG EP Tracklist
2) Name For Myself
3) Let It Fall
4) White Walls
5) Don't Talk
The band is on a tour supporting the new EP. Check out the dates below!
9/24 - Peterborough PRIDE
10/14 - Toronto (EP RELEASE PARTY - Horseshoe Tavern)
10/29 - North Bay (Nippissing University)
11/03 - Toronto (Live at City Hall)
11/16 - Toronto (Indie Week - Supermarket)
11/17 - Toronto (Indie Week - Speaking on a panel regarding the power of social media)
11/18 - Sudbury (Peddler's Pub)
11/19 - Sudbury (Peddler's Pub)
Check out Ginger Ale & The Monowhales on their social media to stay in touch!