Benny Monteux is an Edinburgh based singer/songwriter who produces music described as ‘Punk Rock for Pop Lovers’. Today I’ll be reviewing their EP ‘Red Doors’. If you want to find out more about Benny Monteux then check out this interview I did with them a while back.
‘Red Doors‘ is a powerful track, and when I first listened to it I was in a state of transition, I’d just started college and I was moving house and their music provided a backdrop to those experiences. It summed up a lot of what I felt and what I was thinking. I had the chance to speak with Benny about the inspiration for ‘Red Doors’ and they had this to say:
“I’ve been through a lot the last year or so with family, friends, jobs and even had a friend die. I got in a pretty dark place for a while then started to bring myself out of it – so that’s when I knew it was time to start the third record. The running theme is pretty much loss and reinvention”
So I would suggest that If you’re going through some big changes in your life and you need a track that can empathise with you and sound great while doing it then Red Doors might be the song for you.
‘Greetings from Nowhere City‘ is another really strong track, and in Benny’s own words, Nowhere City is a metaphor for Edinburgh and being disheartened with your surroundings. He also said this:
“It’s kind of about when you feel older than everyone and everything else. Like you reflect and ask yourself why nothing is the same anymore”
Again this is something that we’ve all felt at one time or another. It feels like a complete disconnect with your surroundings. Now Edinburgh is a big place but I imagine that when you’re sick of it, it becomes a whole lot smaller. Benny hit the nail on the head though because we all do feel that way especially when you’ve lived somewhere along time. I’m from a small town in Ayrshire and I’ve lost track of the amount of times that I’ve had those conversations with people, about how the same street and same town that we played in as kids doesn’t feel quite the same.
So that’s what I thought of Benny Monteux’s EP ‘Red Doors’ which you can check out by following the links above. Benny Monteux has recently removed his social media presence so I am unable to provide links but I urge you to check out his music instead.
First Published on: https://www.newhellfireclub.co.uk