Michael Monroe

MIchael MonroeMichael Monroe
Horns & Haloes
Spinefarm Records
By  Victoria Joyce
Photography by Mila Reynaud

Thank you God. Beloved and venerated rocker, Michael Monroe has a new album coming in August from Spinefarm Records. But as a tease we get to see the new video of “Ballad of The Lower East Side” now. Today.

Michael MonroeThe video is gorgeous, frenetic and black and white, cutting back an forth with live footage of Monroe’s current band, to vintage stills from back in the day and hilarious backstage antics, hey, hey, we’re the Monkees, type stuff while the songs blastsaway at MM’s current place in life. He’s a believer.

Monroe has been very busy. In 2010 he opened for Motorhead on a UK tour. And released a live “Another Night in the Sun.” But we wanted more. A year later MM & Co. released their first critically-acclaimed full-length release, Sensory Overdrive, produced by Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon). The album went on to win Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Year’ award and landed at #1 on the charts in MM’s Finnish homeland.

In 2012, after touring throughout the UK in support of Sensory Overdrive, Monroe announced the next offering. We love Monroe’s taste in musicians, i.e.; bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), guitarist Dregen (Backyard Babies, formerly of Hellacopters fame) and drummer Karl ‘Rockfist’ Rosquist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig). The pedigree and credibility is flawless. We gotta say – the word “icon” is overused and abused. It should be held exclusively for artists of Michael Monroe’sMichael Monroe caliber. Seriously.

And now, TA-DA, Monroe announced the new studio album, “Horns and Halos”, which will hit stores everywhere on August 27, 2013 via Spinefarm Records.

But if you are like us and can’t wait, check out the advance video of “Ballad.” The track includes a nod to Michael’s early days in New York, where he spent a decade following the mid-’80s break up of glam punk pioneers, Hanoi Rocks.

The clip – directed by celebrated videographer/photographer Ville Juurikkala, (Michael’s guy for 10 years as well as working with Linkin Park, Good Charlotte and HIM) features archive footage and photos of Michael in prime Big Apple mode, interlaced with current live and backstage scenes.

Monroe explains, “The song ‘Ballad Of The Lower East Side’ is about New York and especially The Lower East Side – what it was way back in the days when I lived there, how times have changed and how it is nowadays. New York has always been an important city to me since I lived there for 10 years. Two members of our band still live there.  It’s the City of all Cities.”