If I had to name my favorite Connecticut band from the 90's it would almost have to be Monsterland, though I realize I might be losing some people here. None of my fanzine buddies ever seemed to like Monsterland much-- maybe Scott Munroe did, I don't remember-- but the spot that their records took among my crates of 7"-ers was pretty hefty back then, even if time and wear have lessened that somewhat.
Noisy pop was a pretty easy product to bump into at the time-- I mean, you could close your eyes in a record store and still come out carrying literally handfuls of the stuff if you weren't careful-- but Monsterland took the whole wannabe-Britpop/shoegazer thing and turned the amps up on it, adding some metal riffs and a way more over-the-top approach while still retaining the melody and the more typical spacey, droney bits.
Although this is Monsterland's first stab at vinyl (after releasing a demo on TPOS called "Smile", which I don't have), it's still one of their best. "Nobody Loves You" kicks off with a slamming drum intro and then motors into a riff that sounds totally like a sped-up version of Blue Öyster Cult's "Godzilla", while "Used To Smile" uses the same stuttering guitar bit that I first heard (and loved) on Negative Approach's "Evacuate", though obviously not as harsh.
Post-Monsterland, Greg Vegas went on to form Explodee, and I got lucky enough to put their only record out. Meanwhile, Thom Monahan went on to play with Chappaquiddick Skyline and the Pernice Brothers, and he was also with the Lilys when I saw them play a fantastic show at Brass City Records around 1997 or so. I know, I'm just so fucking alternative.
"Nobody Loves You"
"Used To Smile"
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