From their humble beginnings as a surrealist spin-off "Imaginary Band", through their hard working days as veteran DIY road warriors, on to their arrested state of suspended animation and later re-birth, Monks of Doom remain one of the classiest, heaviest and most strangely unclassifiable bands to emerge from the late 1980s independent music scene. When the band put themselves on ice in 1993, they left behind five virtuosic, rocking albums that somehow fused post-punk sensibilities with prog rock decadence and folk tradition and elegance. Monks of Doom were formed in 1986 by four members of the ever-popular college/indie rock band Camper Van Beethoven: bassist extraordinaire Victor Krummenacher, guitarists Greg Lisher and Chris Molla and drummer Chris Pedersen. Molla soon left, and was replaced by radical musician David Immerglück (then of Bay Area favorites The Ophelias, soon to join the ranks of Camper Van Beethoven as well, and now a member of Counting Crows).
Monks of Doom (featuring Krummenacher, Immerglück, Lisher and Pedersen) will perform two special reunion shows in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 1st (at Hemlock Tavern) and Thursday, June 3rd (at Eagle Tavern). Jonathan Segel will be opening the first show at The Hemlock with his own band Chaos Butterfly, also featuring John Hanes and Helena Espvall, making this an extra treat for fans of CVB, Monks of Doom and Segel's own solo work.
Tuesday, June 1 MONKS OF DOOM / CHAOS BUTTERFLY
Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, June 3 MONKS OF DOOM
Eagle Tavern, San Francisco, CA