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SINGLE REVIEW: Munky ‘One In Five’ Out 13.03.2019

‘‘One In Five’ is Munky’s unapologetic depiction of ‘the ludicrous nature of victim blaming in the face of modern day rape culture’.’

After their auspicious return from a brief online hiatus, and barely a month after unleashing the phenomenal, psych-infused ‘You Got Male’, Irish lads Munky are presenting yet another facet of themselves with latest single ‘One In Five’. Recorded and produced in Dublin’s renowned Darklands Studios, this new song is darker and grittier than the former; loaded with frustration and indignation, ‘One In Five’ is Munky’s unapologetic depiction of ‘the ludicrous nature of victim blaming in the face of modern day rape culture’.

‘One In Five’ climbs into ignition as a vehement guitar riff snowballs into a raucous frenzy, equalized by frontman and vocalist Zac Stephenson’s slick, penetrative intoning. With a vocal style that reeks with the same violently addictive modern post-punk realness so ever present in Dublin right now (The Murder Capital, Fontaines D.C.), Stephenson demands your attention with each bitter wail. Angry chugs of bass guitar overlap a tribal, almost buoyant drum pattern that serves as the only reference point for the band’s typically groove-driven, ‘Telefunk’ idiosyncrasy. But as this is the second song we’ve heard from their upcoming debut EP ‘Un, Deux, Trois, Cat’, Munky have cleverly poised us to expect the unexpected, with no doubt that it will be profound.

The vivid, spoken word middle 8 delivers with spellbinding urgence, reeling off indignant excuses sexual assaulters often try to shelter behind, all while a biting guitar lead drives home the sobering message. The songs title is a direct statistical reference to the amount of women in the UK that have been sexually assaulted, and every melody and riff is charged with the consequential fury. Seething vocals ooze with unrelenting power and discontent as “No one will believe you” repeats over and over again, mirroring the oppressive victim blaming so readily presented in the media.

‘This is a raw, unavoidable statement, rejecting impartiality and urges everyone feels a responsibility to support one another.’

Munky’s new single is riddled with a disaffection and marginalisation that only seems to be multiplying among those who feel they are being silenced and neglected – by the very system entrusted to hold people accountable for their wrongdoings. This is a raw, unavoidable statement, every cacophonous verse a call to arms of sorts, rejecting impartiality and urges everyone feels a responsibility to support one another.

100% of the proceeds of ‘One In Five’ will be going to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, “forever”.

Words Georgia Balson

Check back soon for our interview with Munky.



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