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Brodie Moniker brings new name and new music back to Lethbridge

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You may remember Regina musician Brodie Moniker from such bands as PandaCorn and  the Fancy Diamonds.

Brodie Moniker returns to Lethbridge with his new band, Nov. 15. Photo submitted
 He is in the middle of a tour in support of his new solo CD “ Nowhere Left to Ghost” which stops by the Slice, Nov. 15 with local bands the Mormon Girls and Makiisma.
 His new CD, which he released in march, allows him to explore a variety of different styles of music from riff based stoner rock, more ambient space rock and more introspective singer songwriter material.

“ A lot of people are starting to connect with  “ Punching Bag,’ because they connect with aggression and the feeling of recovering. I basically put all of my feelings from past relationships into the one song,” said Brodie Mohninger, who changed his name to Brodie Moniker.

“ People kept mispronouncing it and it is a nice little pun,” he said, from Chamberlain,Saskatchewan, a half hour out of Moose Jaw.

While he noted PandaCorn is no longer active, he said Fancy Diamonds is set to record a new CD in January.

 In the meantime he can tour with his solo trio of bassist Steve Leidal who just finished touring with country musician Blake Berglund, as well as Apollo Suns drummer Glenn Radley, who was just in Lethbridge with that band.
“I ’t know anyone who isn’t in multiple projects,” Moniker observed.

“ I’m excited to play with them because I don’t often get to tour with my own music. We’ll be playing the music from the new album and a couple of cool covers,” he continued.
“We might also play a PandaCorn song that we never recorded,” he said.


He said  the solo CD includes a variety of music.

“They’re all definitely different. I found it frustrating in other projects when I had to sit on songs because they didn”t have  the right sound. But I think it’s cool  for people to skip a song on a CD while always being drawn to others,” he said.

“Lyrically a lot of people are drawn to ‘Even Birds Return’ because it is about growing  up in a small town that everyone says they want to leave, but they always return because there’s something about it that they missed,” he said.
“I always look at music as being different colours. So some of the songs have a yellow colour, others have a blue colour,” he said.

 He always enjoys playing Lethbridge.
“ I played a big outdoor festival last summer (with Fancy Diamonds) which was competing with the last show at the Slice. I always remember  CKXU and cleaning the highway with them,” he said.
Brodie Moniker, Mormon Girls and Makiisma play the Slice at 9 p.m., Nov. 15.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:06 )  
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