TVD Premiere: Moniker, “Private Prophet” EP

Richmond-based rockers Moniker may live a long way from NYC, but the quartet’s tuneful punk rock sonnets channel the grit and glory of the Big Apple.

Today, TVD has the pleasure of premiering the band’s latest EP, “Private Prophet,” which lends itself to the uncompromising early stylings of The Velvet Underground and other NYC luminaries. Lead singer-songwriter Jordan Scott’s effortlessly melodic and compact rock nuggets are imbued with the kind of hot and heavy lyricism that endeared millions of listeners to Lou Reed’s musings, while the drums, bass and keys double down with fierce, unpretentious grooves.

The themes at play on the record tend to touch on the push and pull between best laid plans and life’s realities. Scott seems to approach his songwriting with the intention to chart his personal growth, weaving his personal philosophies through the five tracks, veering erratically from big picture ideas to everyday details while keeping the content lean, mean, and meaningful.

“Private Prophet” arrives in stores on March 1.

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