Mala Ruckus is an indie alternative rock band based in Dalian, China. The members met and formed the group in 2013 and have played in a multitude of cities in China, establishing a reputation both for their energetic live shows and musical credibility. Living as expatriates and indie musicians in China brings with it a host of strange and unusual experiences and opportunities. The band’s website and blog can attest to this.
Currently recording their first studio album, Mala Ruckus has released an Ep entitled “Make The Monkey Watch” which showcases their sound and passion. The band currently consists of Alex Montyro – Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica / Francis Carlisle – Keyboard, Vocals, Synthesizer / Ian James – Bass, Vocals / Caolon O’Neill Forde – Guitar, Mandolin and Sean Rollins – Drums, Percussion.
Trust me, this band and EP is amazing, Mala Ruckus is very outside the box, but once you start to pick up the songs, you fall in love and gotta have more! I myself cannot stop listening to the 3 tracks that make up “Make The Monkey Watch.” This EP from start to finish keeps you mesmerized by the bands unique sound and how they can switch from one style to the next, from song to song. Simply put, Mala Ruckus pen some of the most honest, brilliantly written, and emotionally evocative songs of any alternative band.
Give the songs a few spins, listen to the heartfelt lyrics, and let the entire package of what they bring to the table, and Alex Montyro’s voice sing into the pores of your inner being, and I guarantee you’ll be hooked. They have such a unique sound, one you won’t find anywhere else. Sean Rollins’ drumming stands out throughout all the tracks and gives the songs spice. But the band has an all-round energetic and winning attitude, with each member bringing on only the best that they can deliver on each song.
From the moment “Run” kicks off the EP, the writing is intense, purposeful and presented in a way you would not expect with a slap in the face to any kind of genre categorization. The track features some great guitar work from Caolon O’Neill Forde and the usual top drawer vocals from Montyro. Much the same happens on “Hoverboards”, which travels like a runaway train from verse to chorus. I think what I like most about this group is their ever-shifting source tones, and the driving, but melodic guitar riffs, which is again evident on “Words”.
The music, the lyrics, the mashing of beauty and intensity, make it really hard to box and describe this band. Few recordings are coming out these days that can simultaneously balance a sense of diversity and creativity beside a cohesion that definitely makes “Make The Monkey Watch” seem like more than a collection of songs. Everything about Mala Ruckus speaks to me and I only wish I had found them sooner!