Angel and the Love Mongers | The Humanist Queen

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The Humanist Queen

by Angel and the Love Mongers

Melodic Brit influenced pop rock: Think The Beatles meet The Cure with a touch of Queen, The Smiths and Depeche Mode thrown in for good measure.
Genre: Rock: British Invasion
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2. The Humanist Queen
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3. What Do I Know
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4. Let It Be Done
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5. Sitting on a Bomb
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6. Sideways
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7. Speak Straight to Me or Die
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8. Frankenstein's Friend
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9. Home
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10. It Turns
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11. The Famed
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12. Tornado Wind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Humanist Queen:
Co-produced and mixed by legendary producer Mitch Easter, Angel and the Love Mongers' second album, "The Humanist Queen" is a gem of Brit influenced pop rock that covers miles of musical ground in 12 diverse and remarkably well crafed songs.

Angel and the Love Mongers:
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Jeff Buckley had met John Lennon and they had formed a band with the members of The Cure? Although that doesn’t necessarily describe Angel and the Love Mongers’ sound it certainly shows how difficult it can be to characterize this band’s unique and oppositional approach to music. Hailing from Knoxville, TN, Angel and the Love Mongers was formed in the spring of 2004 by singer/guitarist Angel Zuniga and drummer/engineer Eric Nowinski. Angel and Eric were drawn together to form a band due in part to their diverse approach to music. Angel, who takes many of his musical cues from alternative dance bands of the 80’s such as Depeche Mode and Erasure, was a former actor and model who confesses to have spent his formative years in front of a mirror practicing his dance moves instead of playing air guitar. On the other hand, Eric, who cut his teeth on The Beatles and spent his youth playing air guitar to Queen and R.E.M. recently gave up his career as a trial lawyer to pursue music. At first glance, this would appear to be a mismatch of cosmic proportions. However, the diametrically opposed approach to their music is one of the things that separate Angel and the Love Mongers from the cookie cutter bands that are commonplace today.

Angel and the Love Mongers first album was a collection of 11 catchy alternative/pop songs produced by Don Coffey, Jr., of Superdrag fame. The album received critical acclaim and was a mainstay on college radio stations throughout the country. However, not wanting to repeat the successful formula of their first album, Angel and the Love Mongers sought out the help of legendary artist/producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Wilco, Let’s Active) to tackle their much more mature sophomore effort. The culmination of this effort is “The Humanist Queen” which will be released this summer. Although, “The Humanist Queen” can be celebrated for its lush arrangements, soaring harmony vocals and Beatlesque song craft, the albums lyrics take a dark and sometimes abrasive look at the motivating elements of power and control in today’s culture. Once again, this oppositional approach to songwriting results in a unique yet somehow indulgent musical canvas where the listener can actually choose what direction they want the music to take them.


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Jeff C

Cool-Smart-Hip-Real!!!
All songs on this CD are well-written with outstanding musicianship. The album has a really cool Vibe going on. Most notable tunes are Sideways, Sitting on a Bomb, Home, and ...Fame. The lyrical content is impressive and the melodies work. This album is highly recommended.

tina lovasic

Finally something worth listening to...
Absolutely fantastic. Buy it.

Mars Needs Guitars

"A very nice piece of lush music"
Angel And The Love Mongers - The Humanist Queen

Angel And The Love Mongers are from Knoxville, Tennessee but their music has a distinctive Brit pop feel to it. The band is singer/guitarist Angel Zuniga and drummer Eric Nowinski and their latest, The Humanist Queen, will be officially released September 4th on Rock Snob Records (though it appears the album can be picked up on CD Baby right now). Add to the mix some studio help and production by famed artist/producer Mitch Easter and you have a very nice piece of lush music.

Hank Rearden

SIMPLY AMAZING!!! BUY THIS IMMEDIATELY!!!
With all the sound-alike so-called "indie" music to choose from these days, this is truly a breath of fresh air. Melodic, emotional, quirky pop that you can't get out of your head. You can definitely hear the Mitch Easter "touch" on this one- great job, guys!

Babysue.com

The band's songs are extremely intelligent and well-thought out...and produced t
Angel and the Love Mongers - The Humanist Queen (CD, Rock Snob, Pop)
Although folks involved with this band see themselves as sounding like Jeff Buckley, John Lennon, and The Cure...to our ears, the tunes on The Humanist Queen sound much more like an odd cross between Sparks and The Chainsaw Kittens. In any case, even though this album may be an acquired taste (we had to spin it two or three times before deciding we liked it)...if you give them some time, this band's songs will most likely make a lasting impression. This is the second full-length release from Knoxville, Tennessee's Angel and the Love Mongers. The band's songs are extremely intelligent and well-thought out...and produced to perfection thanks to the talents of underground icon Mitch Easter. This band's music seems to be influenced by bands from the 1980s...although picking out exactly which bands isn't so obvious. Twelve cool pop tracks here including "The Humanist Queen," "Let It Be Done," "Home," and "Tornado Wind." Great vocals on this one. Groovy stuff that grows on you. (Rating: 5+)