Absolute Monarchs played their first show at the 2010 Capitol Hill Block Party, and two years later, they’ve returned to open the Main Stage. Driven by the wrecking ball rhythm section of Joel Schneider and Mike Stubz and amplified by the interlocking guitars of Shawn Kock and Miki Sodos, Absolute Monarchs’ mix of post-hardcore energy and post-punk angular rhythms is nothing short of a sonic tour de force.
Closing out the afternoon of KEXP’s live broadcast from Barboza, Absolute Monarchs hit the stage hard and loud. Gritty guitars, pounding drums, and half-screamed vocals beat the audience into willing submission. Although none of their songs felt short, they tore through a 20-minute set and left the crowd wanting more.
The Seattle-quartet released their debut album, 1, in April, and are prepping to showcase the new material at a number of summer shows, including an August 17th performance as part of the 2012 Concerts at the Mural.