Ray news

March 9, 2012

I don’t know how many of you already know about this, but Ray, our guitar player, suffered a bicycle accident the day after our Spacellite show and broke his collarbone in 3 places. He’s ok apart from that, which we’re thankful for, but a broken collarbone is not exactly a walk in the park.

One upshot of this is that Ray is going to be unable to play guitar for a couple of months. This means that, apart from next month’s live performance of the radio play, we’re not going to be playing any Monolators shows until he gets better.

Tom Bogdon has graciously agreed to step in for the Mechanookie live performance at the Hudson Theater on April 14. Tom, as many of you may remember, played lead guitar in the Monolators from the Our Tears Have Wings through Don’t Dance eras, and fronts his own band, the most excellent Shirley Rolls. While we’re really sorry that Ray can’t play the Mechanookie show with us, we’re happy that Tom will join us to play another show!

I hope to see you all at the Hudson next month…and please send Ray your best wishes, I hope he gets better soon.

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With their unique blend of 50’s rock and 70’s punk and their increasingly talked about live performances; where drum sets are used as jumping platforms, food fights ensue and an occasional head bleeds, The Monolators have come a long way since their beginning in 2002 with Eli Chartkoff (vocals, guitar) his wife Mary (drums) and Ray Gurrola (guitar) releasing several EP’s and LP’s along the way including Don’t Dance, Silver Cities, Our Tears Have Wings and much more. They have been featured by LA Times and LA Weekly and have been played on KCRW, KXLU and the now defunct Indie103.1.