Hailing from sunny Hawkes Bay, Ninja Monkey is a pop rock foursome with a penchant for catchy hooks and big guitar solos.
Since coming together in 2009, Ninja Monkey have gone from strength to strength and, in May 2010 debuted at the Cabana Hotel to positive reviews. Since their debut, they have been playing regularly and have supported visiting acts such as Mile High, Decortica and Faster Pussycat Kill Kill.
We caught up with Cara (bass/vocals) who gave us a little insight into the band and what’s coming up for Ninja Monkey in 2011.
How did you come up with the name Ninja Monkey?
We were throwing around names one evening in the studio and it came down to “Spooning Judge Judy” and “Ninja Monkey.” I guess, in true ninja form, the ninja won out! Owen then came up with the logo and it stuck.
How do you describe Ninja Monkey’s music?
A healthy blend of pop rock with wicked female vocals and huge guitar solos. With our lead guitarist having been influenced by the likes of Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen and Paul Gilbert, you’d expect nothing less!
What can you never leave home without?
A pocket full of picks and vocalzone lozenges (tastes bad but work so well)
What is your favourite NZ venue?
I think we all have a soft spot for The Cabana in Napier as that’s where we have taken off from. Roy, the owner, is a great chap and we’ve had some great times hanging out with other musicians, talking and drinking to the wee small hours.
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
The internet is the best place for us to keep in touch with the world – we can interact with our fans, they can let us know what they think of our stuff and we can really get a feel for who they are and what they like. Our website, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter are all great for keeping people updated to what Ninja Monkey are up to and give our fans the chance to give us their feedback. Gotta love the internet!
What can we expect to see from Ninja Monkey over the next year?
We’re currently working on fine tuning our songs and picking a handful to record for an EP so keep an eye out for that. Also, a tour is on the books, as well as a limited release of Ninja Monkey merchandise for our fans.
Ninja Monkey are a rock band from the Hawkes' Bay.
After spending the best part of a year writing and practising their original songs, they are now hitting the stage to deliver their music, and getting great responses along the way :)
Their music has been described as "big rock songs with great guitar solos".