Jammerzine has an exclusive interview with Dedric Moore from Monta At Odds. today is a special day because their massive collaboration with fellow Record Machine labelmates The Republic Tigers titled ‘When I’m Gone’, featuring Teri Quinn is released!
In this interview, we talk with Dedric about everything remix, including comparing it with the original (both versions below) as well as the history of Monta At Odds, including the name, and what lies in store for the band! Enjoy!
Monta At Odds label-mates and fellow Kansas Citians, The Republic Tigers, have transformed “When I’m Gone” into a celebration of propulsive beats and pulsing synths. This dancefloor-ready treatment transforms the original’s memory of a relationship’s end into a hopeful embrace of new beginnings. Teri Quinn’s voice is accompanied by The Republic Tigers’ Kenn Jankowski’s remix, injecting a subtle shift of perspective.
Together their vocals soar, driven into the air by a full sound explosion without betraying Monta At Odds’ cosmic vibe. Layers of bright chords, shimmering melodic lines, and crisp drums react as emotions build before coming down for a gentle landing. No doubt this remix is a rush of sonic energy, a spark ignited by two brilliant bands in combination. Fresh sounds and new heights — let’s get this party started.
Monta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in 2000. Dedric’s pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney’s artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band’s central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators. The result is a heady sonic pool that has been inscrutably referred to as ‘Ummagumma meets Arthur Russell’s mutant disco at Vangelis’s house.’
2020 finds the addition of acclaimed vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters Mikal Shapiro and Teri Quinn to the band’s lineup. With Mikal and Teri’s otherworldly vocal contributions, Monta At Odds continues to push their alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. Lucas Behrens on guitar and synth and Matthew Heinrich on drums both rounds out the stellar lineup. The group released Zen Diagram in May of 2020 as a more post-punk leaning follow-up to Argentum Dreams. Expect minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, shoegazed guitar signals, slo-mo psychedelic darkwave, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind.
Hailing from Kansas City, MO, The Republic Tigers spike their lushly orchestrated indie rock with organic and synthetic elements. Founder Kenn Jankowski originally moved to Kansas City in 1999 and began playing guitar for The People, a band that later changed its name to The Golden Republic (Astralwerks Records). He also made fast friends with local musicians Ryan Pinkston and Adam McGill. When The Golden Republic disbanded seven years later, he opted to launch his own pop-based project with the other two multi-instrumentalists. Taking their name from Jankowski’s high school mascot, The Republic Tigers expanded their lineup with bassist Marc Pepperman and drummer Justin Tricomi. Electronic structures remained an important role in their music (via convenience/sensible creation-farming/forming). The band issued a self-titled EP in late 2007 before putting the finishing touches on Keep Color, which arrived in 2008.
Then there was a cool EP in 2011 titled “No Land’s Man,” which featured the emo smash hit “The Infidel” and the extremely fun “Merrymake It With Me.”
A second concept LP was concocted, “Mind Over Matter” – written from the year 2008 to the year 2011. Mixed and mastered in the year 2012. But then it was sadly shelved by the original labels, which leads us to now. The year is 2020. Something new is going to happen. “Mind Over Matter” will be released on hometown indie label The Record Machine.
You take the good, scrape most of the bad off your plate, and forge golden shoes for your horse’s hooves.