Promethean Monk climbs higher
DILLON – After four years of living in a cabin on Ptarmigan Mountain with no running water or winter access by vehicle, the members of Promethean Monk are moving to the big city.
The band just completed its debut, 14-track album, a $16,000 investment at producer and engineer Bill Wilkinson’s Mountainworks studio. Guitarist and vocalist T.J. Jarosik hopes the relationship will help build a buzz for the band, as Wilkinson has worked with such names as Ted Nugent and Survivor.
A mixture of Blind Melon, Rush and Soundgarden influences, Promethean Monk delivers a fiery mountain of rocking originals and covers.
“We’re all music majors, so we just get together and follow whatever comes out,” Jarosik said. “Sometimes we’re mellow, sometimes more heavy. We just use the generic term “rock’ because we never know what’s going to come out. Our classical, jazz and composition theory training adds diversity. All of our musical tastes are so diverse that whatever comes out comes out.”
Its new album is a 57-minute blend of jazz, mellow tunes and heavy sounds.
“The album’s got a really good flow to it,” Jarosik said. “Though it has a lot of diverse elements to it too. It’s commercial in that the general public will like it, but it’s different in a really original way. We’re extremely proud of it. We’ve had overwhelming positive responses from everyone who’s heard it. We think it will take us somewhere.”
Jarosik formed Promethean Monk with drummer Bryan Farmer and bassist Jim Koenig in Florida. They moved to Summit County to snowboard and gel as a band before they moved on. After four years of playing one to three gigs weekly in the county, they’re hoping to frequent the 117 bars and clubs Seattle has to offer six nights a week, so they don’t have to work daytime jobs.
“We’re more comfortable and creative as a unit now,” Jarosik said. “Our songwriting has evolved. We write as a unit, writing layered guitar lines and pulling out the sax and keyboard on stage. We’re on a train, and it’s just picking up momentum.”
Though Jarosik loves Summit County, he felt as though he was spinning his wheels with the more jam-oriented music scene here, he said. The band overcame a mountain of obstacles, starting with the fact the musicians had to hike all of their gear 500 yards from the Ptarmigan cabin to the truck for a year, until they found another place to practice. They also struggled with clubs that didn’t want to hire them because of their often heavy sound.
“Then you’ve got your soap opera relationships with everybody in the band, but we seem to have straightened all that out,” Jarosik said. “We felt like we were swimming upstream, but now we’ve gained momentum and we’re going to a good place (Seattle) for the style of our music.”
The band will perform a surprise theme – costumes and all – based on a few of the band members’ interesting experiences in the past year. Covers will include Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction, the Beatles and possibly Nine Inch Nails, as well as the outfit’s originals from its new CD, at Lake Dillon Pub’s Halloween party at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween and Promethean Monk CD Release Party
? When: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31
? Where: Lake Dillon Pub, Dillon
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