If Not Now, When?

The Blow Monkeys ‘If Not Now, When?’
Release date: 6th April, 2015

Since they reformed in 2008 The Blow Monkeys have been recording and performing again with almost indecent haste. This process culminated in 2012's much lauded “Feels Like A New Morning” album and now takes a great big leap forward into the present with their tenth studio album “If Not Now, When?”, due for release on 6th April, 2015.

In addition, the album’s opening track ‘OK, Have It Your Way’ will be released as a single on the same day.

The Blow Monkey’s lead singer Dr Robert says, “The songs were born of my absolute love of early rock and roll and kings like Eddie Cochran and, of course, Chuck Berry, and also lots of early Doo Wop. I wanted it to swing; no middle-eights, short, sharp solos, lots of baritone sax and boogie guitars. It’s a glam-soul stomper! In many ways it’s a return to the music that first opened my world. I’ve never forgotten that feeling.”

For some, The Blow Monkeys will be forever synonymous with those international hit songs from the 80’s such as ‘Digging Your Scene’ and ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’, with Dr Robert the iconic frontman spouting opinions and poses in equal measure. The man himself prefers to live in the present: “We’ve made four albums in the last six years since we reformed. We’re on a roll! It’s not about nostalgia and never will be. Of course we play the old songs live and love doing them, but the buzz also comes from doing something new. Our audience is hip enough to know that.”

As the sole writer and producer of ‘If Not Now, When?’ Robert has this to say: We weren’t interested in pastiche or recreating something. This is music that comes from a place of love and joy and, as the late great Pete Seeger once said, we are all links in the chain.”

The Blow Monkeys have again gone the independent route with their new album, just as they did with ‘Devil’s Tavern’, their first album upon reforming in 2008. “We funded the album through our fanbase, using PledgeMusic. It’s a great idea and works for everyone. The direct connection between band and fan is priceless. That’s what it’s all about in the end.”

So here we have it, a band reinvigorated and re-charged and on a roll, playing their unique and unmistakable Blow Monkey Boogie. Robert says, “I really don’t care what anybody says about this record. I KNOW it’s the best thing we’ve ever done. We’re really only just beginning to get the hang of all this. I can’t wait to get out and play it to people.”