Johannesburg, South Africa
Ryan Howell - Vocals
Sid Webster - Guitar
Kenny Valentine - Guitar
Miguel Loureiro - Drums
Klement McCoy – Bass
Not too long ago in a land where musical creativity had become a scarcity, destiny inspired The Monroes. Through numerous auditions, ensuring the ideal artist for each spot, the band was carefully designed. The music, however, developed intuitively into something unlike anything written before. Most closely described as melodic hard rock, characterized by distinct guitar riffs and solos, the compositions creatively flourished. Orchestrated by fate, with an innovative sound, The Monroes are tenaciously dealing a shockingly ever after.
This impeccable band was twisted and shaped together by both Sid Webster and Kenny Valentine with nothing but immense success in mind. These guys had a noteworthy mission, the vision to produce one of the greatest bands to ever hail from South-Africa. They had a mental picture and nothing would stop them from achieving their final goal. Almost immediately they started writing material and auditioning musicians from all corners of South-Africa. They soon discovered that to build the perfect brand they will need incalculable hours and patience equivalent to that of a sedated “Zen Master”.
The audition development started early 2009 and after advertising vigorously online and on posters they eventually ended up with at least 15 unsuccessful vocal auditions. Due to not feeling productive the guys got impatient and contemplate the idea of Kenny going for formal vocal training. At this point Ryan Howell was sent by a family member of the band to try-out. Ryan made an appointment and the guys never heard from him for the next 2 months.15 additional vocal auditions later Ryan phoned to find out if they found someone yet. It turns out that a tragic accident took the life of his girlfriend and thus he didn’t get back to the band during that time. At this point the gifted guitarists where so frustrated that they sent Ryan into the recording booth not expecting miracles. They played him a prerecorded backtrack, pushed record and left the studio. The next day they went back to listen to the product and was astonished by Ryans vocal range and ability. Without more ado they phoned him to offer him the front man position.
Shortly after discovering the ideal front man they stumbled upon the talented Miguel Loureiro. The same demanding process was followed for all auditions and while Miguel was warming up on the drums the guys realized that the band was finally becoming a robust character. Miguel got the part now all they need is a bassist. While surfing the internet Sid came across a bassist named Klement McCoy who just left his old band. They promptly got in touch and Klement rushed to the scene. After the auditions they decided to run through a couple of other bassists before making an informed decision. 6 Months after the initial audition due to no success they phoned him back for a second audition and offered him the part.
Finally The Monroes was born with a full band filled with dedicated serious musicians. Shortly after the formation the band started recording their debut E.P. Many hours were spent to create the perfect international sound. The final product was a clear indication that this band will be a force to be reckoned with. The band started getting feedback from well renowned industry experts. After completing the E.P The Monroes decided to tackle the industry by getting in touch with one of the biggest labels in South-Africa: Sovereign Entertainment (Label for Parlotones, Wonderboom and CrashCarBurn). Without delay got back to the band and before any live shows where played the band got offered a full recording and management deal by the mammoth Sovereign Entertainment. Unfortunately the band had to decline the offer for the time being. The Monroes got booked to play some of the biggest festivals in South-Africa. With their energetic live show and international quality it was inevitable that they will be scooped up by the Americans.
The Monroes soon after hearing the good news about the South-African label got approached by an American agency during OCT 2009 and was offered a full 1 year tour to America. The band realized that their vision is falling in place perfectly and accepted the tour and will be leaving the shores of South-Africa March 2010 if all goes as planned.
The band is currently working on their debut album “Suicide Carnival” and is due to be released early 2010.