If you had to guess where Archi Deep and the Monkeyshakers were from, you’d probably pick Detroit because of the tough, sawtooth guitar style. Or maybe their no-nonsense attitude would have you thinking they were from one of the big steel industrial cities like Pittsburgh or Youngstown. They also have a psychedelic edge and a boastful style, so you might think they were fueled with west coast weed and ‘shrooms. But this all-American sounding bar-room brawling band hails from Oleron, France where there is a red-hot hard rock scene happening, unbeknownst to most stateside listeners.
Seriously, the heavy rock scene in France is light years away from the US scene. Bands like Archi Deep and the Monkeyshakers are coming across with a really clear production style, a tight, tough sound and a confident style that all combine into fresh, outrageous, original music. Here at RUST Magazine we’ve been covering the EU scene, which was deep into Post Rock a few years ago, and now it looks like the pendulum has swung back from the bands making those extended, languid jams to the current rock-in-your-face sound of folks like Archi Deep and the Monkeyshakers.
Take a band with a punk rock disregard for convention, throw them into the middle of a bottle-bashing bar-room free for all, turn it up to eleven and you’ve got Archi Deep and the Monkeyshakers. RUST Magazine enthusiastically recommends their new album #3 and we encourage folks to check them – and the crazy scene in France – right now. If you’re looking for tough, roots jams from an original band that doesn’t compromise, you just found them.