Volume 91, Issue 51

Thursday, November 27, 1997

Mike the Knife


The Monoxides are on the move

By Justin Klein
Gazette Staff

The world of music has been greatly affected since the late '80s. It was in 1988 that Steve Hickox and Ken Kelly decided to make magic with their musical skills. After three years of experimenting, Derek Robichaud and PJ Dunphy saw success in this combination and decided to join the duet to officially make a quartet known as The Monoxides.

"Steve and Ken, at age 13, were writing short punk songs that they could not play twice," bass player Dunphy relays. "This changed when Derek and I joined, when we decided to get serious."

The Moncton-based band started blaring and grooving to their music in Steve's basement and since then all they care about is playing loud and fast for their growing number of fans. It is this identity and style that made big-time producer Moe Berg, from the Pursuit of Happiness, want to represent them.

"We loved working with him," Dunphy comments on his relationship with Moe. "He is a great guy who has given us direction."

After a disappointing EP entitled Out of the Marsh, which the band independently released, big-time record label BMG offered support. The Monoxides released their debut album on March 18, known as Galaxy of Stooges, which has brought instant success to this Canadian band.

Making money is not the only beneficial thing that has come out of playing tunes though. The Monoxides have seen Canada four times, traveling the East and West Coasts like they were going out of style. They have toured with Change of Heart, Rusty and ZZ Top and their popularity has even extended to the clean air of Mexico.

"Mexico City was a blast," Dunphy says. "The diesel air just made it a more interesting and memorable stop.

"After London we will probably head home," he says. "We've been touring since the end of February and we have to get home to start writing more songs."

The band looks forward to playing in London again and hope to see some hardcore fans again, but also hope to see some new faces.

"It is always nice to see the same people come out," Dunphy says on those fans who just can't get enough of The Monoxides taste. "But the whole thing of being in a band is trying to get new people out."

The Monoxides hope to influence all the fans who see them play Call the Office tomorrow night – a chance to see an unstoppable band in their prime. The Monoxides act like some good old tequila: when you first get introduced to them, you just want more and more.

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