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It’s official.. Preproduction on the new Monkeys record is finally underway

Peep the new track Believe in its earliest stage- before all the blistering guitars, huge drums, and slammin bass.. production production production get added.. Here is the first new song off of our upcoming album, in it’s rawest form and about 20 minutes after being fully written. Follow this track from the beginning to the studio final for an inside look at how we create, record, mix, produce and press your favorite Monkeys In Space songs.. Stay tuned after the song for an update on the band.. and an explanation as to where the fuck we have been since we got back from tour!

Much love and I can’t wait to hit the stage for you kids soon!

 

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Mi$ live with the Ataris.. Ima bout to get a degree and Fearless Records Internship..

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So the original Monkey crew, including Josh Smith and Ryan Higginson will be sharing the Stage with J and I for the Ataris show in Temecula on September 8th.. We have all made our peace and figure rocking together is a much better alternative then… well.. not.. I am stoked to get up there and melt some faces with the guys that put Mi$ on the map.. literally. 

And so it seems, despite many attempts to curtail my own academic performance, I have managed to pull though and earn myself a degree from Columbia College- Pretty stoked to begin the next chapter of my life in music and academia. 

Tomorrow I start my internship at Fearless Records.. Hopefully this road leads to Warped Tour..Excited to be apart of a team that does professionally what I have been trying to do DIY for the last 5 years.. Eager to learn- to say the least. 

Hope to see all of you in Temecula on the 8th.. Life has been pretty hectic lately and some familiar faces would be comforting! 

 

from space to your face.. 

Monkeys In Space Rock SOMA SAN DIEGO with Authority Zero!

Mi$ with Authority Zero Soma San Diego

Mi$ and Authority Zero live at Soma San Diego

 

 

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Johnny & Lu-Dog

New Pup Johnny Rukkus & Lucy Rukkus

 

Monkeys In Space live on San Diego Radio Tonight! (FM – 91x)

MI$ LIVE ON 91.1 TONIGHT! 

Tune into 91x (91.1) tonight in San Diego for a chance to win a pair of tickets to our upcoming show with Unwritten Law! A $40 VALUE! We will be live on air tonight and will provide a keyword- first two people to post to our Facebook (fromspacetoyourface.com) with the given keyword win!

Upcoming shows this Friday and Saturday- come out and meet the new guys and check out the killer new sound!

Mi$ Live on 91x

Monkeys In Space Live on 91x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rukkus Raw- Joey Cape & Tony Sly Acoustic Part 2

Rukkus Raw- Joey Cape & Tony Sly Acoustic Part 2

Joey Cape (Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut) and Tony Sly (No Use For A Name) have released a second Acoustic Album together- real mellow music of the punk rock hits I grew up on.. takes me back to a better place and you can stream it all for free here!

http://www.punknews.org/bands/joeycape

Spin!

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After 3 years.. this is the first Monkeys In Space fan uploaded video. Thanks Jvel for the live version of Hate Hate Everything! The first time we ever performed it.. i didn’t even have the words down yet, its a mouthful- but it sounds pretty good, ya think!?

So Typhoon went off and I was stoked to see so many happy rocking faces singing back at me! Wish I saw the same when I looked to the back end of the stage where the rhythm section resides. Despite exhausting efforts to train a new drummer in time we just couldn’t pull it together and after all that went down between Josh and Ryan and I.. or well didnt go down between us.. in fact nothing really was said about anything except it was clear on this night that the Monkeys In Space I knew was changing and there was a clear and definite divide between Ryan & Josh and Jeremy & I.

I have always been a bit of hard ass about practicing and keeping our shit together tight.. I push hard and I try to evoke the will and determination to succeed. I have learned recently that this technique, will wear on certain people and have quite the opposite effect. I have watched before as something important to me has slipped through my fingers out of pure stubbornness and I have tried to correct this behavior.. but alas the ever-emotional musician side of me pours out and can often overwhelm anyone in it’s path. So out of pure impulse and drive and determination to not fail (and not return to day jobs) J and I started making the hard decisions we have, as a band refused to make or acknowledge fully. Josh and Ryan rather than cast a vote, sat back and waited for direction and then had nothing but sour faces at the direction we had chose. After two months of touring it became evident that the will of our rhythm section was fading fast and after so many words said about family and this that before leaving- we hit a rough patch and these guys were out quicker then we ever saw coming! Naturally this drove me ballistic and my personal relationships with Ryan and Josh quickly deteriorated after that. I was furious that these guys hadn’t thought anything through we had been talking about for the last year, their unwillingness to make any sacrifices and to show any fight for Monkeys In Space sickened me. There lack of preperation and support was beginning to weigh heavily on playing and creating music and with them everything turned into more of a chore then our saving grace as it once was.  And Ryan- whom I have been friends with for the last 15 years refused to even look us in the eye or acknowledge or talk about anything.. who knows if he ever cared at all. Like a machine. Except when it came to drums.. So enough of that.. whether I like it or not.. I have to let this chapter close. So here it finds us at our last show together.. split as ever we have chosen corners and stick to them like two boxers in the ring- only coming together for a few brief clashes of wit and insult. Funny enough we actually killed it that night.. so we might not have been talking to each other- in fact Josh left without even saying goodbye to me.. but the all business side showed up and we handled it- as i have drilled it into them.

This situation continues to bring a lyric from the Strung Out song “Crossroads” to mind “Remember when the music used to be everything, the music used to heal- but business soon becomes reality and nothing left inside is real…”

J and I are determined to get back to what is real!

I am stoked that we are finally moving on and we will be back June 10 2012 rocking for a good cause with some very special guest players! On the 10th we will be rocking a benefit alongside the Filthy Violets in support of the Invisible Children Foundation. Knowledge is Power.

“In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such as story. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them. A story where children are weapons and children are the victims. The “Invisible Children: rough cut” film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. These children live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers, and are being forced to fight as a part of violent army. This wonderfully reckless documentary is fast paced, with an MTV beat, and is something truly unique. To see Africa through young eyes is humorous and heart breaking, quick and informative – all in the very same breath. See this film, you will be forever changed.”

Invisible Children Benefit Event Details:

Students at HTHNC in San Marcos work with the organization, Invisible Children, a non- profit committed to providing the citizens of Northern Africa with sustainable resources and skills to live and thrive in peace.This is non- profit and to raise money to aid in providing schools, education, development and resources to the people of Northern Africa.

This concert will take place at the Ché Café on UCSD’s campus in La Jolla on Sunday, June 10th.

Live Entertainment provided by: Monkeys In Space, the filthy violets, the fixtures and one I red.

After meltin some faces for a good cause we will be back in San Diego again on the 23rd sharing the stage with UNWRITTEN LAW and Versus the World (including members of Lagwagon and the Ataris). How fuckin cool is that!? We will be gettin a party bus together for all of you PB kids and we hope you guys will turn out in full support so we can let UL know who should be out on the next tour with them.. Soon enough..

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Also a new record is in the works and if you are worried that losing the members will distract or take away from our sound “Flying Under the Influence” was J and I’s creation.. nothings changed..

 

Back with more ranting and raving soon enough im sure..

Life is a Roller Coaster..

It’s getting harder and harder for me to enjoy anything at all these days as I am always so obnoxiously aware of the fact that every moment is fleeting and any bit of happiness I may find myself in at the time will dissolve just as quickly as it came. I feel like I could use some of the Pacific Ocean to wash this all away.

Anyways, life on the road was all the greatest things and the worst at the same time! J and I fell in love with the life and soaked in every moment.. hanging out late. partaking in a little parlaying.. girls.. coffee.. cigarettes.. the whole bit- and then we got to rock, every fucking night. “If there is a heaven- certainly this must be it” I remember thinking. Like a dream- and just as quickly as I had found my place there, I find myself back here in this dark dingy room in my hometown writing this sad reflection of my current state of affairs . Swallowed by self-doubt and insecurity but still grasping at whatever whisps of hope I can manage it seems as if all the light that shined so bright the last 3 months has hastily burned off. We have been back for about a week or so and since it has seemed like a constant shit storm. Repairing the bus cost about $2500 bucks (New Transmission) overall and tore a gaping whole in our savings that never did end up getting patched. Credit cards are maxed and bank accounts are still overdrawn and in an effort to keep momentum in LA we are pushing on with plans to move there- despite being broke as can be. Also, Unfortunately it seems somewhere along the way Ryan and Josh lost faith in the music and to add insult to injury promptly bailed on all of our plans for a bigger and brighter future in the US work force. well.. may the force be with them, Monkeys In Space will keep on trekkin and I wish them the best in all of their future endeavors… Ok people told me this required some explanations so here it is.. Josh is merely 19 and fresh out of High School I think we through a bit too much at him too quick- being so young he still has many roads to travel before arriving at any conclusions about where he should be in his life.. and hes definitely got at least another 2 years of fucking off altogether. We get that! Shit, at 25 the only thing I have figured out is that the Monkeys are ALL I give a shit about. Ryan on the other hand was a serious letdown that is hard to swallow- but we all knew it was a matter of time. Things got a bit shady with him towards the end and he began to sabotage more than help.. We have been best friends for almost 15 years and I am literally heartbroken over having to say goodbye to him and the way it went down.. without a sound. This was his life for three years and he left without fighting for us at all- which was a clear indication he had checked out long ago. I suppose these are the type of things that are better left unsaid on a public forum, but everyone has been asking and I have never been one to hold my tongue. Hopefully someday Ryan and I will be able to be friends again, but I learned long ago he puts little stock in friendship, so..

..and  So we returned with plans to write and record our “Appetite for Destruction,” if you will and we fully intend on seeing this plan through. It seems as if we will be doing this record the same way we did Flying Under the Influence.. Countless hours in a tiny hot room with sketchy power and even sketchier duct-taped-together equipment tracking every thought in our poor brains! Honestly, I am quite excited and relieved as Monkeys In Space has always been J and I’s vision and we have always felt as if we were dragging the other two along (and for the most part, have had to record their parts between the two of us). I guess it’s time to give up the idea of four best friends from childhood taking over the world.. but hey- 2 best friends holding it down for the hometown- I am most certainly content with. J and I have an uncanny ability to get on the same wave length musically and write with one another. You can literally feel the magic- and the lyrics and music seem to just poor out. This record is gonna be our masterpiece. We have already spent about a week working on some preproduction and it is coming along better then we could have ever imagined. With Deez Drucker, the brother of our long time friend Josh Drucker filling in on the kit and Josh Smith stickin around to fullfil some commitments- with a fresh face in KC Kush for that hip hop edge- we are creating some great new music that is really shaping up to be Mi$’s sound. So I suppose among a rather dreary post there does seem to be a bit of light breaking through and by the end of the month Josh Drucker will be up to help us track the new songs before we take off to LA to PUSH PUSH PUSH the new record. Peter Nudo (www.peternudo.com) has signed on to do the new album cover work again and we are pumped on that!

Hear the latest track off our upcoming record and after reading this you should know exactly what Hate Hate Everything is about. It’s a surprisingly upbeat tune with our usual “down but not out” lyrical content like “Constipate, Recalculate, believe so hard its sacrilege, fuck the cow- you bought the farm and now you dont know what to do with it…” I continue to live my life as an open book and tell all.. Hope that doesn’t come back to bite me in the ass.. but people are so fucking fake these days I find it refreshing to be able to just SAY ANYTHING. I feel as if you can almost feel and hear the doubt and hope simultaneously in our voices as we shout the Chorus “You know i’ve been hanging around, oh and everyones bringin me down” Hope you enjoy it.. and can relate.. and hang on.

Well to be fair.. my state of affairs are not all that bad after all- Ray Roman just completed the 4 part miniseries chronicling our tour adventures and he did an amazing job! The band now has some IMDB credits and a brand spanking new DVD coming out with live show footage, interviews, behind the scenes debauchery and much much more! Can’t thank you enough Ray for sorting all that out.. it means the world to us. Ray spent about a full month sorting through 100+ gigs of Iphone Footage we managed to shoot ourselves while we were out. Show some love and see why i found my heaven in a Ford Shuttle Bus.

Check out all Four Parts:

 

We have met with a few record labels and are currently working hard on getting our record heard on our terms. As soon as we can afford it we are gonna start an advertising/marketing campaign to promote the new tracks.. even if it leaves us in the poor house- at least we will be there together and we will have our guitars as they will have to pry those from our cold dead hands! We are unwilling to budge on the dreams and believe me when I say we pay the price every day.. but I literally dont think I am qualified to do anything else and I fuckin love it.. i need it!

We will be rocking Typhoon Saloon this Friday May 18th in the heart of Pacific Beach with Latex Grenade- its gonna be an insane rock n’ roll party.. You dont want to miss this! We will be performing several new songs including Pretty Rock City and Rock and Blow.. Looking at those two titles together it sounds like we are becoming KISS  but you’ll just have to come out and see what thats all about!

Mi$ Live at Typhoon Saloon, San Diego Ca

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time.. this is.. RukkusRAW

Tour Tip #313 Don’t “date” strippers from Vegas.. Just DONT.

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2012 is lookin good..

Monkeys In Space Number 22 on the San Diego Rock Charts

Monkeys In Space Number 22 on the San Diego Rock Charts

Over night the Monkeys In FUCKIN Space jumped 11 spots on the rock charts! We are now NUMBER 22 on the San Diego Rock Charts! Thats 22 spots behind Slightly Stoopid! So Stoked people are finalllyyyy hearing the jams and I am ready for this next album to wrap.. and wait till you hear the dance remix of Flying Under the Influence our boy Adam Cobb (Vyranis) is pumpin out.. stay tuned 2012!

Our tour dates are being added daily to the facebook page- our kickstarter is killllinn it and we are 6 weeks out to our first real major DIY tour; backing our first real album- in our first totally real and totally kick ass tour bus from the distant past. It’s shapin up to be a great summer and we are plannin to go until we can go no longer.. hopefully the beginning of a solid year or two of touring. I NEED IT. We just ordered our first real batch of decent merch in 2 years- hopefully enough to keep us on the road long enough to melt all the faces in all the land.

The band is really starting to abandon the troubles and grudges that seemed to plague us during the holiday months and we are starting to mesh again, the excitement and energy is back like someone lit off a firecracker in the box- and we mean business. A new webisode is on the way that is filled with footage of the last 6 months I just saw.. coming soon- it captures the mess that it was, im glad we snapped out of that funk and are finally solid again and working- but i feel it’s worth showing.. its a struggle everyday but we live for that 30 minutes of pure rock n roll we’d kill to get every night.

We have a few new projects in the works including a music video for “Scream” directed by our good buddy Jared Goldstein and a live album that we are cooking up with hometown homie Josh Drucker..Oh yea and we managed talk Peter Nudo into helpin us out with some more killer artwork – Poway kid city over here. Ray Roman- IM LOOKIN FOR YOU!!

I have been a vampire lately booking this tour all hours of the night between press, bars, bookings and bands I am runnin off of pure coffee and cigarettes at this point.. so get at me anytime if you got somewhere you want us to be and I will make it happen at some point this summer.

Visit http://www.fromspacetoyourface.com for contacts and join the Mi$ team!

thanks to everyone who donated on the kickstarter… Im just stoked. Can’t believe the love. Special edition merch on the way for all of you!

Coming soon to a city near you- in a big fuckin bus- my PUNK ASS, HA!

Monkeys In Space Number 22 on the San Diego Rock Charts

Monkeys In Space Number 22 on the San Diego Rock Charts