Fresh off celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Tokyo Police Club’s Champ across the U.S. and Toronto, songwriter Dave Monks has announced upcoming solo performances, February 4 in Toronto and February 5 in Hamilton, supporting his recently released sophomore LP, I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me (Ghost Pepper Records).
Discussing I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me, Monks noted,
“If you’re like me, then you’re never quite the same person from one day to the next. Your personality is more of an ever changing kaleidoscope of ‘yous’ than something set in stone. I’ve embraced that for myself with this album of unlikely outliers, who are stylistically all over the map, but find a weird cohesion in their differentness. There’s so much exciting new territory in it and releasing it feels like turning a new page.
I’ve never been the sci-fi post-punker from TPC or the steel-string troubadour from my early solo records. If I was, I think my creative energy would have died out. It keeps renewing itself though because I’m someone who’s always excited about a new direction. For me this album and the sum of its parts are a discovery of that bigger and truer sense of “me”. The title which came from a dream and stuck, could be my charmed reaction upon realizing that. Like I’ve just heard the final masters and blurt out, “Well, good! I’ve always wanted to be me!”
With I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me, Monks opens up and provides a look into what makes him. An audio portrait of the artist, if you will, and shows how after 15 years into a career of making music, he continues to find inspiration in his craft.
Check out his newest single, “Girl Of Mine” below.
Dave Monks live dates:
02/04 – Toronto, ON @ The Monarch Tavern
02/05 – Hamilton, ON @ Mills Hardware
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Toronto based live music photographer and journalist
I love to express my passion for live music through my work and showcase the amazing sound and artists coming out of the Canadian scene.
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