The Dacios - Monkey's Blood

The Dacios – Monkeys Blood

Release date: 28th July, 2014
Limited numbered edition of 250 copies


Vinyl LP + download code

The Dacios, from Melbourne via Hobart, serve up a powerful album of weighty rock’n’roll music, draped in super-scuzzy riffs which, when matched with clever, soul-tearing lyrics, provide a robust one-two punch that is the knockout.

A family affair, The Dacios are a vehicle for the darker, more violent musical aspirations of siblings, Bean and Linda J Dacio, who initially came to the attention of major record labels whilst playing in their earlier band, Little Ugly Girls. Since those heady days, Bean and LJ continued to blaze a scorching trail across the Melbourne music scene, becoming respected stalwarts along the way. Originally released in 2009, The Dacios’ debut Monkey’s Blood is a filler-free compendium of forceful, authoritative compositions which, in the old vernacular, are all A-side material.

Opener, “Liberty Lover” drips sex and acid all over the bastard hybrid of The Stooges and Velvets in preparation for the body-slam that is “Monica”. The title track is like a declaration of love that is so harrowing you can no longer tell good from evil. “Buzzard’s Hide” picks up the pace before the dirty pop glory of “Grey Machine” and the kraut-ish “Girl In The Mirror”; with the delicate “good hard fit” of “Shoe Size” wrapping up what we consider a perfect album.

If ever there was an album that was just meant to be heard on vinyl, this is it. The Dacios’ Monkey’s Blood – a classic album that is now a classic record! Homeless Records most limited release to date – just 250 hand-numbered copies.

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Reviews of Monkey’s Blood

“Maybe it’s because we’re cushioned on all sides by the comforts of our sedentary lifestyle – counter intuitively – we’re apparently so worried about being rendered a pathetic, ravaged mess by some uncontrollable disease.

It’s a stretch (but worth a shot), but a similar analysis could be used to explain the occasional shrill assertions that rock’n’roll is dead or its equally offensive companion claim, that there’s no good rock’n’roll being made anymore. If such egregious statements about the health of modern music had any credibility how then, pray tell, do you explain the brilliance of The Dacios’ new album, Monkey’s Blood?

Precisely how can such commentary be reconciled against the guttural, ball-tearing riff that launches “Liberty Lovers” and propels into a world of garage rock beauty, the Twenty Second Sect style passion and pain of “Monica” and the jungle rumbling of “Buzzard’s Hide”? And that’s without even beginning to argue the case for the suburban raceway arrogance of “Girl in the Mirror”, all attitude, “Swampland”-inspired riffage and a rock’n’roll melodic beauty that sticks its tongue in your ear and seduces you into a world that polite society refuses to acknowledge exists.

And lest the impression be given that The Dacios are all brute force and ignorance, Monkey’s Blood offers some temperance in the form of the title track and the Kathleen Hanna-ish of the album’s final song.

Don’t listen to the doomsday prophets – the world’s not going to end, we’re not all going to be wiped from the earth by some freakish disease and rock’n’roll will never die while The Dacios are on the case.”
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  1. Iain · December 11, 2014 Reply

    Trying to find a copy of ‘monkey’s blood (vinyl),
    any tips,

    • homeless · December 11, 2014 Reply

      Hey Iain, not sure where you are but, our guy in New York has a couple copies which can be ordered via the Homeless Shop here. We will also have a very small number of copies arrive in Melbourne by Friday 19th Dec. There is also very limited copies in the UK through Forte, or X-Mist in Germany or Don’t Buy Records in the Netherlands. Let us know your preference!

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