Monotrope exists in a realm of instrumental rock that is progressive in its musicality but punk at its core. Guitars intertwine in dissonant, polyrhythmic webs, while the rhythm section forges a propulsive, unrelenting path. Abstract yet intricate, Unifying Receiver rocks hard from the bird's eye view; its six songs are emotive, guitar-driven works of struggle and catharsis, travel and arrival, tension and release.
Monotrope is dispersed wide across the USA, representing California, Texas, Ohio, and Maryland. Guitarist Ed Ricart is known from bands such as Hyrrokkin and Matta Gawa. Bassist Matthew Taylor is a member of Bellini, and worked for years as art director for Touch & Go Records, designing iconic album layouts for the label's revered roster of bands. Ricart and Taylor are flanked by guitarist Dan Wilson (ex-Hurl) and drummer Joe Barker (Unraze, Tigon).
The Effects are Devin Ocampo (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Matt Dowling (bass, vocals, keyboards)
David Rich (drums, percussion)
Numbers Station is a 2-bass instrumental duo from Takoma DC with Michael Honch (Alarms & Controls), Mike Markarian (Oswego), and Stefan Bauschmid (Garland of Hours).