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by Monica Attell

Monica Attell is a gifted singer,songwriter, flutist, and pianist. Her songs performed with a bassist and drummer are the "anti-pop," with kicking beats, hooks, entertaining lyrics, and flute solos that blow your head off.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Be There For You Too
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2. In My Head
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3. Pop Star
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4. So True
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5. Nineteen
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6. Drunk Girl
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7. I'm Right
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8. Rising Sun
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9. Easy
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10. Don't Really Know
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Few artists could make a successful transition from earning a Masters in Flute Performance from the Boston Conservatory to performing with the Visions 2000 Gospel Choir to fronting the power pop punk band ZETA BANE. Monica Attell has done that, and her stature within the independent music scene is on the rise.

Attell was exposed to a wide variety of music from the start; her older brothers had different personalities and tastes in music, so Monica listened to everything from the Muppets to Yes and the Beatles to Barbra Streisand. As a result, she says she’s always found something to “hook her ear onto” with just about any kind of music.

After graduating from the Conservatory, Attell knew she needed to go where the music was, because the chances of earning a chair in a symphony orchestra were “one in a million.” “At the graduate level, everyone is really good,” she says. She started playing jazz gigs, singing backup, and playing flute for a lot of jam bands. Then the opportunity came to front ZETA BANE and, inspired by her love for Jethro Tull and his fusion of classical and rock, she made the jump.

Fueled by Attell’s powerful yet versatile vocals, which can range from ballad to hard-driving power pop punk goddess, ZETA BANE opened for acts such as Berlin; Wakefield; David Johanssen; and Attell’s brother, stand-up comic and Comedy Central personality Dave Attell.

Following her passion for making music, Attell decided to perform her own material, and teamed up with bassist John Propper, a fellow music teacher and product of a Boston music school (Berklee); and drummer Todd Budich, also a graduate of Berklee and a former member of Decifunk.

The album “Bank Geek” followed, the title a nod to the band friends that she’s known since starting the flute in fourth grade. “My best friends were always in the school band with me,” Attell says. “When you get to high school, you realize that’s your support group. Many of my band friends are still playing, too.”

In August 2005, Attell put her second passion--teaching music--to use, traveling to Haiti for eight days to teach recorder to over 250 children and 75 teachers. Her documentary about the trip, “The Pied Piper of La Gonave,” premiered at the Avon Theater in Stamford, CT and has been shown at Yale, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and SOBs in New York City.

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Mary ellen

Terrific
This is a funny album

Erika

Fantastic Fun!
Fantastic! Wicked fun! Songs that make you laugh and feel good. My personal favorite is "Drunk Girl" a song about the girl everyone knows! A must have for sure!

Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

In a class all by herself !
Monica has an eclectic history of musical experiences and interests ranging from classical, jazz, gospel, punk and rock. Attell is a versatile vocalist who can handle ballads to brawn. She pens witty lyrics and cites her brother David Attell the comedian as her inspiration. Monica rounds out her original sound with the help of bassist John Propper and drummer Todd Budich. What makes Monica's songs different is the lack of a traditional guitar. Attell has a solid rhythm section but chooses to convey melodies on the piano and sometimes flute. 'In My Head' flows on an up-tempo beat lead by the piano and accented with some animated flute parts. 'I'm Right' is a rocking, in your face track with the flute and piano sections adding flare. All ten-tracks on Band Geek have something unique to offer and Monica Attell is in a class all by herself!

M.E. Fitzgerald

clever, funny, and rocking!
A friend of mine turned me on to this chick's music. She totally rocks and there is no one out there right now doing what she is doing. She's like a cross between Ben Folds and Jethro Tull. The songs are funny and clever. You forget that it's just a trio playing.