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'A mesmeric sound... dark and catchy, synthwave enhanced by menacing harmonies.' -Stereogum

'New York's post-punk Monograms do what's called "nuke wave"; accurate given the apocalyptic darkwave vibes found here.'  -Brooklyn Vegan

'A thrilling collision of Brooklyn dream-pop with crushing post-apocalyptic post-punk.' -Earmilk

'A mixture of post-punk and pop-synth–each song with it’s own vibe that engulfs any and all listeners.' -Alt Citizen

'Sounds embedded in the DNA of an entire generation infused with modernity, both in sound and spirit.' -the 405

'A grittier side of hook-filled pop music by distilling it with elements of lo-fi." -Audiofemme

'Songwriting is at the heart of the project with pointillism lyrics, lucid beats and angular riffs. A unique aural mix. -Post-Punk(dot)com
Monograms is the alias of Brooklyn, NYC's Ian Jacobs. Pointillism lyrics, lucid beats and angular melodies create a driving backdrop for what has been coined as "Nuke-Wave".  Since the project’s humble bedroom recording origins, Monograms has evolved into a  full band endeavor live, supporting international acts such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ezra Furman, Sunflower Bean, Man or Astro-Man?, A Place To Bury Strangers, GØGGS (Ty Segall/Ex-Cult), Girl Band, Caveman, DMA's, Juan Waters, Gang of Youths, Buscabulla and others. That trajectory coupled with U.S. tours and an array of streams and words from valued outlets such as Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Earmilk, Under the Radar, the 405, Alt Citizen, Post-Punk, Alt Citizen, Audiofemme, Adhoc and more has also led Monograms' music to be used in film and television (Shameless on Showtime, SXSW Film Festival, etc.)

The music of Monograms communicates a number of different notes with velocity, from post-punk to gritty pop and electronica, all within a clear postmodern approach. These angles often point Monograms' sonic coding at other genre-defying artists from the heyday of college radio, as well as contemporary vibes that push and pull from different styles seamlessly, all within the same thread. Monograms is Brooklyn's Nuke Wave.





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