Monody was initially conceived by a shared love for electronic music, and a desire to push the known envelope of what can be accomplished in a live situation. Monody was formed in the autumn of 2006 in the wake of the disbandment of 3 other groups. Fueled by the shared commitment to hone their respective skills, Monody's members journeyed into Portland's electronic music scene.
With a writing style laden with pop sensibility, Monody has been able to capture the attention of electronic music fans local and abroad. With signature vocal harmonies, thundering drums, and edgy synth lines, the band has been able to leave listeners with a satisfaction typically reserved for seasoned veterans within their genre.
Unsatisfied with the status quo, Monody’s philosophy behind their live performances has always been about providing their fans with an unforgettable experience. This is evident within the additional musical flourishes the band adds to each show, akin to a traditional “rock” band. The sheer force of an accomplished, acoustic drummer provides much of the driving force during their performances.
In an effort to reinvent the live experience, Monody has also developed an iPhone application that allows fans to use their devices to interactively perform with the band during a live set. The band feels that enriching the experience for each fan in this way is going to be a catalyst in the evolution of live musical performance.
Geoff Tripoli - Vocals and Lyrics
David Battrick - Drums and electronic percussion
Daniel Edgar - Synthesizers and arrangements
Geoff comes from a musical background somewhat unlike the Monody sound. It started with piano lessons as a child and on to the electric guitar as a teenager. He was a member of a couple rock bands over the years, but his true passion comes from building on his home studio and becoming a skilled engineer and producer of his own and other musicians projects. His ongoing side project, Entium, occasionally releases tracks that are on the electronica side of things. For Monody, Geoff is undertaking his first all vocal role. He wants to bring a unique vocal sound to the genre, while still staying true to this style of music. Lyrically, he wants to convey a somewhat clouded message in an artful way, without being too abstract. His vocal influences include artists like Dave Gahan, Jean Luc De Meyer and Peter Murphy.
According to Dave, as a drummer, his musical career has been just another chapter in the Spinal Tap movie of life. Who knows if spontaneous combustion will happen. In the mean time. He will be sawing as much wood as anyone will let him.
Daniel spent much of his early days growing up in a small Oregon town tinkering with drums, various noisemaking electronics, synthesizers and samplers. Despite not having much inspiration “off the shelf”, he found himself begging for mixtapes from family and friends who lived out of town. From an early age, he was listening to a lot of european synthpop, 80’s post-punk, and industrial music. Before Monody, Daniel spent time in several bands in different cities playing various instruments such as bass, drums and most recently guitar. Driven by a love for EBM, synthpop and Industrial music, he wanted to write and perform this kind of music in a live setting.