about sea monster
"Perpetual outsiders, a band made up of hard working, hard living guys -- what rock n' roll musicians should be."
--The New York Times
[Death, Taxes and Sea Monster is] "biker blues, sounds like The Stooges and Dolls. Thick-neck rock. Very well-produced to give it the fat man's punch, working man, beer drinking punk rock. I really thought these guys should have been on the Mad Max soundtrack."
Sea Monster is the poor man's Motorhead, America's answer to Zodiac Mindwarp.
--The Glass Eye
Sea Monster has performed with The Senders, Iggy Pop, Deborah Harry, Johhny Thunders, The Ramones, Ism, D-Generation, White Zombie, Butthole Surfers, Type-O-Negative, Bad Brains, The Dickies, Living Color, Blues Travelers, Spin Doctors, Monster Magnet, The Fleshtones, The Luna Chicks, etc., etc.
Graduates of the school of hard knocks...face first. Dues paid to the year 3000.
Arthur Stevenson (vocals), Fred Wagner (guitar), and his brother, Barney (bass), had played together in an earlier project. After adding Mike Rock on guitar and Phil Fellner on drums, Sea Monster released Episode 1: Liquid Lunch or Rapture of the Deep? on its own Fear of Money, Ltd. label in 1986. The four tracks on it were "Sex God Chant," "I Came to Dance," "Sex Under Water" "Billy Got A Handgun." The track "Sex God Chant" also appeared on 1987's Sorority Sampler.
Sea Monster was already earning a reputation as an explosive live act playing New York City punk venues like Max's Kansas City.
In 1987, Sea Monster enlisted the help of some friends and self-produced a video for "Sex God Chant," which was filmed in the Brooklyn Water Works at 5am in the morning. Three months later the video debuted on USA's Night Flight program, following Blondie.
Shortly after, vocalist Stevenson was on The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, where he hurled his drink at another guest. Steven H. Weiss, at one time Led Zeppelin's business manager, contacted the band after seeing the TV appearance. Weiss represented Sea Monster for the next three years.
The "Sex Puppet" b/w "That's All" 7" was released in 1988.
By '89, there was a cassette circulating named Sea Monster Sighted! Recorded at Freeport's Right Track Inn, the tape contained live versions of favorites like "Sex God Chant," "Lord of the Flies" and "Dance Monster." By 1990, Sea Monster had become an unofficial "house" band at CBGB and Continental in New York City.
The "Let It Burn" b/w "Oil (the Blood of Dinosaurs)" 12" was released on Fear of Money, Ltd. in 1991.
In 1992, Burn-It Records released Sea Monster's debut full-length, Enduro Bizarro Intacto. In addition to re-recorded versions of "Sex God Chant," "That's All" and "Sex Puppet," the album also contained audience favorites like "Peat Bog (A Malaria Nightmare)" and "Cowboys (The Lamp Cord Strangler)."
Winged Disk Records released the 1993 limited 7" EP We Work For A Living You Paper-Shuffling Prick. The four tracks on it were "Pieces," "Barbecue at Phil's," "Ramming Speed" and "Corpsman." Richie Lure (brother of Walter Lure) was handling bass duties.
In 1996 the Death, Taxes and Sea Monster album came out on Winged Disk. It contained tracks like "Oil Well Driller," "Steve Reeves" and "The World's Smallest Violin."
Adolph Marcellino came on as bassist for the Peter Crowley-produced Psychotronic Roller Boogie Disco Queen Sock It to Me, released on Winged Disk in 2000. In addition to the title track, other favorites include "Standing at the End of the Line" and "Gimme A Beer."
In 2000, Winged Disk released Something In the Water: The Secret History of Long Island Punk, which contained Sea Monster's Liquid Lunch EP and the "Sex Puppet" 7". Other bands represented were Ism, Nihilistics, Jimi LaLumia and the Psychotic Frogs, Dead Virgins and Horror Planet.
In late 2008, Sea Monster submitted a video for "That's All" to Fuse TV's Make A Star battle of the bands reality show, and made it to the contest's final stages.
In 2009, Winged Disk released Livin' On Love...and Other Notes From the Killing Floor, which contains tracks like "Sons of the Pioneers" and "Party For Caesar." The album got a rave in Hustler magazine.
On this site, you'll be about to buy Sea Monster's MUSIC, find out about the latest band NEWS and SHOWS. There's also a MERCH section where you'll find t-shirts, and a PHOTOS section. Follow the link to the band's MYSPACE page, or send an EMAIL.
Be sure to read Arthur's essay "What Makes the Lyrics Tick"
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