Monet Poe is a figment of Scott Dence's imagination
Charleston-based indie band the Green and Bold released a video this month for "When You Wake" off the duo's new record, Minor Works in Major Keys.
Out last week, the album was recorded at Hello Telescope with Josh Kaler and Jay Clifford at the helm, while Kaler also contributed drums and other instruments to various tracks.
Minor Works in Major Keys has been in the works for a while, with members vocalist/keyboardist Randy Cox and guitarist/vocalist Richard Hussey recording songs intermittently over the past three years. Lead single "When You Wake" was written by Cox a couple years ago and recorded with Punks&Snakes’ Jack Burg on congas.
Cox says the song was inspired by bicycle rides through the horse country in Landrum, S.C. "There's a tiny church out there that was established in 1875 that my wife and I are in love with," he remembers. "So that sets you thinking about God, the afterlife, what happens to love. The bad dreams in the song could be death omens, and waking up beside the one you love is merciful, temporal though it may be. There's a Sonic Youth reference and the end sounds like Yo La Tengo, so clearly this a 40-somethings-type operation."
Monet Poe and Scott Dence star in "When You Wake"
Former band member Kevin Hanley and his creative firm The Business Company produced the video, which sees DUMB Doctors' Scott Dence seemingly lose his mind when his video game obsession, featuring a KISS-faced character, bleeds into his everyday life. Early Bird Diner, Monet Poe, artist Proton, and, ahem, yours truly also appear in the video.
Minor Works in Major Keys is ready for your ears now on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.