It all started in a freezing cold warehouse in early January. Three old friends, all with different music backgrounds, got together for their first band practice. They didn’t know what genre they were going for other than surf rock, but before the first hour was up they had their first song written. By the end of the practice, they had two. Since then, the sound of Drunk Monk has become something else entirely. “To me, it’s a kind of psychedelic surf doom jazz,” says Jacob Honaker, 27, the band’s guitarist. Jacob, along with fellow band members Apostolos Alexandratos (27; drums) and Jeff Rettberg (24; bass), has been playing shows in Baltimore since August. They’ve recorded a handful of songs in their rehearsal room, and have put four of them onto a demo. Drunk Monk is planning to head into a recording studio soon, but before they do you can catch the band on Friday at The Night of 100 Elvises. Here, Jacob sits down with b to talk about trash TV, homegrown food and why he loves Baltimore.
What's on your iPod? I'm always listening to Nina Simone, Manu Chao and the Underground Railroad to Candyland. And everything Mississippi Records puts out.
Last concert/gig you went to? We've been fortunate to play with some great bands here in the last few months, like Heaviness of the Load, Neutron Bomb, Thee Lexington Arrows, Boom Boom Kid [from] Argentina and Cop City/Chill Pillars [from] Florida. We love playing spaces like The Bell Foundry and the Baltimore Free Farm! Those sweethearts do it right.
Favorite band? Jeff loves the Melvins and Secret Chiefs 3. Apostolos loves Trapped Under Ice. I will always love the Clash and Jonathan Richman. Favorites? I dunno, for us it's basically impossible to pin it down like that.
TV shows you can't get enough of? So much of it is such garbage.
Favorite book you recently read? I really enjoyed “Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas” by Tom Robbins.
Last great meal you had? My household did a pretty big garden this year, and from that we've had many amazing meals from scratch. We grew fifteen varieties of peppers and canned more than 60 half-pint jars of different kinds of hot sauce!
Favorite quote/saying? People tend to scream our name while we play. It makes us happy.
Favorite way to relax? We've all been falling into video-game land recently.
Source of inspiration? Everything we experience, really.
Best thing about Baltimore? I love this city. It's the perfect size, and there's all kinds of different sorts of things happening. There's a wealth of interesting and creative music being dreamed up in our city right now, and we're proud to be a part of it.
AS TOLD TO LAURA LEFAVOR, B
If you go
What: The Night of 100 Elvises
When: 6 p.m. doors Friday
Where: Lithuanian Hall, 851 Hollins St., Hollins Market
Info: facebook.com/wearedrunkmonk and nightof100elvises.comCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times