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Tripmaster Monkey Say Thanks To Fans And Friends

October 7th, 2019

After a triumphant return with a brilliant album, “My East Is Your West,” and a handful of packed shows at area venues like Gabe’s and Redstone Room, the Quad-Cities most popular band of the ’90s, Tripmaster Monkey, have gone back into temporary hibernation. However, band members hinted at potential new shows sometime in the future and that the door is open to future recording as well. Guitarist, vocalist and founding member Jamie Toal posted the following thanks to fans and friends on facebook this week: “And Yet Maybe… I apologize for my tardiness in getting... Read More

Tripmaster Monkey Returns To Local Stage This Weekend

September 26th, 2019

Tripmaster Monkey will return to local stages for the first time in five years this weekend! The group, arguably the most popular band in the Quad-Cities in the ‘90s, which was signed to Sire and Elektra Records and had a video shot in the area, “Shutters Closed,” on MTV, has returned with a new album, “My East Is Your West,” and will be performing at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the Redstone Room in Davenport. The group — guitarist and singer Jamie Toal, singer Chris Bernat, drummer Marty Reyhons, and bassist Wes Haas — was formed in 1987 by the then-teenaged core of the group and... Read More

What’s The Good News For September?

September 4th, 2019

We’re falling into fall, but we’re also falling into a lot of great things that are going to make it an awesome autumn in the Quad-Cities! Here’s some of the good news going on around the community! Haunt Opening Friday The 13th! “Haunt,” the directorial debut of Scott Beck and Brian Woods, the former Quad-Citians who go by the name Bluebox Films, will debut in theaters worldwide Friday, Sept. 13. Beck and Woods, who wrote the Oscar-nominated “A Quiet Place,” also wrote “Haunt,” which was produced by Eli Roth, popular for the “Hostel” films and his work with Quentin Tarantino. While... Read More

Tripmaster Monkey Live At RIBCO For Rob’s Benefit

August 12th, 2019

In January 2013, Tripmaster Monkey — drummer Marty Reyhons, bassist Wes Haas, guitarist Jamie Toal and singer Chris Bernat — performed at the Rock Island Brewing Company as part of the Bertual Reality Benefit, a gig to raise funds for local producer Rob Cimmarusti, who was battling pancreatic cancer and whose production and performance expertise were crucial to the creative evolution of a plethora of area acts, including the eclectic Tripmaster foursome. Cimmarusti passed away the following year, but still lives on in the memories of local musicians and people who were touched by his... Read More

Tripmaster Monkey Tour Of The UK Flashback

August 9th, 2019

Back in 1994, the local band Tripmaster Monkey toured the UK to support their debut EP, “Faster Than Dwight,” playing at various locations in support of the disc, released overseas on Che Records. The footage below captures the band in performance at TJ’s, Newport, UK, and includes tracks from “Dwight” as well as the group’s then-upcoming record, “Goodbye Race.” Footage of the show can be seen on YouTube, where you can check it out here:  Read More

A Music Video Filmed In the Quad Cities That Was On MTV? Yup.

August 8th, 2019

Back in 1994, the local band Tripmaster Monkey filmed the video for their first single, “Shutters Closed,” off their album “Goodbye Race” here in the Quad-Cities, featuring a variety of area folks as extras, including this reporter. The video was shown on MTV and other national video shows, and lives on in the recesses of YouTube, where you can check it out here:  Read More

Tripmaster Monkey Through The Years

August 7th, 2019

A look back at Quad-Cities indie rock band Tripmaster Monkey, from their start in the late ’80s through their heyday in the mid-late ’90s signed to the Sire and Elektra Records labels, to the recording of their current album, “My East Is Your West.” (Photos are taken from the Tripmaster Monkey Facebook gallery.)  Read More

Tripmaster’s Masterpiece: Their ‘East’ Is Their Best

August 5th, 2019

It was always stunning to me that Tripmaster Monkey never hit it bigger than they did. Back in the mid-late ‘90s, the band – singer Chris Bernat, guitarist and singer Jamie Toal, drummer Marty Reyhons and bassist Wes Haas – had everything going for them. They were of and in the zeitgeist, with a perfectly tuned sound aligned with the times, and had a brilliant string of killer tunes, from the dreamy “Shutters Closed,” to the Nirvana-pop of “Liquid Sky” to the heartbreaking alt-rock beauty of “Colts.” The songs were there, as good as anything else soaring through the stratosphere... Read More

Tripmaster Monkey New Record ‘My East Is Your West’ Due August 6!

August 5th, 2019

Tripmaster Monkey, one of the most commercially and creatively successful bands in Quad-Cities music history, will release its first album in more than two decades, “My East Is Your West,” in record stores and online stores and sites on August 6. The group — guitarist and singer Jamie Toal, singer Chris Bernat, drummer Marty Reyhons, and bassist Wes Haas — is not signed to a label and has released the record independently. The disc is already available for streaming on Spotify. “It’s been great, the album has been a lot of fun to put together, and it’s just been... Read More

The Long Strange Trip Of Tripmaster Monkey

August 5th, 2019

Tripmaster Monkey released its first album in over 20 years, “My East Is Your West,” this week, and like the veering navigation implied by the title, it’s been a strange trek of various directions for the members over the past few decades back to their current reunion. At their mid-’90s peak, Tripmaster were signed to Sire and Elektra Records, had a video, “Shutters Closed,” on MTV, were part of a soundtrack to a major motion picture, “Naked In New York,” and played everywhere from London clubs to New York and Los Angeles. The band parted amicably... Read More

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