Published Sep 09, 2014While many might guess a lyric like "I'm gonna marry Tony Yayo's daughter" would come from a cleverly penned set of rap bars, those who are acquainted with Nova Scotia natives Monomyth would recognize the reference from the band's hazy nod to a fallen hip-hop hero.
We got together with the Halifax four-piece at the Edward Day Gallery in Toronto for a sublime demonstration of their psych-pop stylings with "Pac Ambition," taken from their recently released full-length Saturnalia Regalia!.
Inside the gallery, the quartet subjects us to the track's duality of gentle guitar hooks and incredibly dense sonics in the verse. Written as if to rouse the listener from the lull of the cleanly picked motif, the twin vocal/guitar duties of Seamus Dalton and Joshua Salter create a wall of sound, which is soon smashed to pieces with a jarring chord change. Spiralling solos from the two axemen bring the piece to its peak before ending on a strong major chord. Though it may not be the most conventional tribute to the late California emcee at first listen, it certainly stands as a heady one.
Watch the performance in the player below.
Filmed by Katherine Kwan and Roberto Granados-Ocon
Audio by Nash Bussieres
Edited by Katherine Kwan