Recently I was given the opportunity to listen to the work of an Edinburgh Based singer and guitarist by the name of Benny Monteux whose music is described as ‘Punk Rock for Pop Lovers’. All I can say right now is that if his music was playing behind that red door, nothing could stop me from popping my head in and having a proper listen.
When I got the track to listen to I was in a state of transition, I’d just started college and I was moving house and his music provided the 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 his song (Red Doors) and he 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”
If you’re going through some big changes in your life and you need something that can sympathise with you and sound great while doing it then Red Doors might be the song for you.
Before I was given this review to listen to I’m sad to say I’d never heard any of his work before. That’s a mistake a plan to rectify as soon as possible. In fact (and I promise this is unpaid promotion) he has a gig on the 27th September at Nice N’ Sleazy in Glasgow and I plan to attend to hear him first hand. I advise that you do the same if you can.
Alongside Red Doors I also listened to another track entitled ‘Greetings from Nowhere City’ which is actually an acoustic version of a previous single and I loved it almost as much as Red Doors. In Benny’s own words, Nowhere City is a metaphor for Edinburgh and being disheartened with your surroundings.
“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 like it used to. In my opinion it’s a bit like that old hoodie that you know you’ve outgrown but have too much of an attachment to let go off or for those of you less stunted emotionally than me it’s like an old lover who you never quite got over. As they say, home is where the heart is but while my heart is wandering down old streets I’d rather forget the rest of me is moving on and going wherever life takes me.
First Published on: www.newhellfireclub.co.uk