Larger bands seem to be increasingly popular for music production these days: The more members participating, the more diverse the sound becomes, resulting in a unique combination of talents (which is what music needs: less copycats and more new sounds). That’s where Green Monkey comes in. this is a band with the infectious sounds of alternative rock that is ready to be shared with the world.
“The meaning behind the name symbolizes our message that the world is in a current state of de-evolution. People have become too dependent on technology and have lost their primal edge,” says drummer AJ Mindiola.
Here’s looking at you people who would rather ask your phones questions than manually looking it up on Google. Although Green Monkey’s name suggest aggressive primal instinct, the music isn’t the dangerously head-banging type. Persistence has allowed Green Monkey to be successfully in creating its own sound.
Fans of Green Monkey will be happy to know that there is no slowing down the band’s determination. “We love performing on stage and feel this is where we can continue to develop our identity. As soon as our CD is released, we’ll get right to work on new material. We don’t believe in taking breaks and pride ourselves in being committed to this band and each other.”
"Who is GM"
Green Monkey is an original Rock/Alternative band from The Inland Empire, California. Over the past four years, this dedicated group of musicians have played several shows extensively up and down the west coast; including other states in the midwest.
Green Monkey's fanbase has been growing at a rapid rate due to their infectious rock/alternative sound and energetic presentations. What stands out the most at a Green Monkey concert, is the band's ability to connect with their fans; whom they affectionately call, "Green Monkey Junkeez."
Frontman Mario Jr. Valadez takes the show on an emotional rollercoaster with haunting lyrics and melodies; followed by the heart pounding highs and lows of their vigorous bassist "Mighty" Mike Mindiola, the level of music becomes a vessel with a message of pain, happiness, and the complications of living in a world that is suffering the effects of "De-evolution." Rhythm guitarist/back up vocalist Izzy Ramirez and lead guitarist Vicious V's musical chemistry naturally generates a frenzy within the masses. Drummer "The Rage" AJ Mindiola keeps the tempo/dynamics of the songs strong, nice, and steady with his bone crunching beats. The recent addition of Brian Hirsch as DJ/keyboardist has finally completed the compostion(s). Playing live is what Green Monkey absolutely loves to do! The more the crowds become active participants, the more it fuels Green Monkey to dig deeper and play harder in order to explore new ground with their sound. With every intense performance, Green Monkey has managed to originate unique music along with amazing visuals that they can call their own.