THE COST OF LIVING
Format: Limited Edition White Vinyl, CD and Digital
From: Cork, Ireland
Genre: Alternative Rock
FFO: Marvin’s Revolt, Redneck Manifesto, American Football, You Slut!
1. Origins / 2. Armour / 3. Buyer Beware / 4. Home / 5. Birdsong / 6. Evade / 7. Battlelines / 8. Clans / 9. Mori / 10. 1000 Planes / 11. Machine Halls
Former Monarchs have spent the past 9 months carefully constructing their debut album, ‘The Cost of Living’. The Irish four piece have been relatively quiet since touring their previous releases in 2011 and 2012, while they prioritised the recording of their first album. However, they still found time to break their hibernation to play a handful of headline dates and support slots with And So I Watch You From Afar, Enemies and Fighting with Wire. They are now set to release their first full length on limited edition white vinyl, CD and digital formats.
‘The Cost of Living’ leads on perfectly from their previous releases, full of diverse dynamics, clinical vocals, interweaving guitars and precise driving drums. The album was recorded by Christian Best, a renowned Irish producer, who got the best out of Former Monarchs and dramatically improved the production values beyond previous releases. While the addition of strings, brass and piano enhances the musicianship found within ‘The Cost of Living’ even further.
Having already been highlighted as ‘ones to watch’ by BBC Radio 1, anticipation between fans has been growing incrementally as rumours surrounding the album’s release grow stronger. Following ‘The Cost of Living”s release Former Monarchs will be hitting the touring road again and showcase the album across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.
BBC RADIO 1
‘ones to watch’
BBC, Live Review
‘With the automatic advantage of having the most exuberant drummer in the world to their name, Cork quartet Former Monarchs racket things up several notches with their fully infectious, forward-thinking alt-rock. Possessing the inspiring deftness of Maps and Atlases and the raucous might of Manchester’s Oceanzise, ‘Clans’, the politically scathing ‘My Friend Has No Job’ and —set highlight — ‘Repeat After Me’, they’re the first band this evening to fully capture the crowd’s attention not only musically but also in terms of presence. Nice guys, great music: expect them to go far.’