Track Review: Wild Tibetan Monks // Cartoons

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Sean (vocals/bass), Ringo (guitar) and Liam (drums) have been performing as a group for several years. They met in 2011 at college and since then have been spreading their brand of alt-rock meets indie-rock as Wild Tibetan Monks. After playing covers for a while, as well as original material, the lads decided to head over to Australia for a two-year journey of musical discovery. During this time, Wild Tibetan Monks toured Western Australia collaborating with various artists and recording music. The latest addition to their discography is ‘Cartoons’.



A well-arranged single, Wild Tibetan Monks transition from ambient verses to a defiant, “rockier” chorus demonstrating an ability to incorporate different styles with skill. Using the rises and dips in sound, the trio shows a juxtaposition between the languid verses and tension-releasing chorus, only to bring you back down to Earth with a soft bump. Sean’s throaty vocals effortlessly complement the guitars and drums with a bold prominence, but not overpowering the instrumentation.

“The song is about going through life doing all the things you feel you should have done, things people or society tell us to do… We also explore the pressures of modern life, the tension that builds and then becoming unstuck. We wanted to create a feeling, not just the lyrics, of longing to go back to a simpler time of sitting with someone and watching cartoons.” – Sean on ‘Cartoons’

The follow up to their upbeat indie-rock single ‘Liam’, ‘Cartoons’ is a smooth, flowing melody. Less forceful than their debut track, ‘Cartoons’ has a more alternative rock feeling showcasing the trio’s versatility and innovativeness as performers – and they’ve released only two songs to date! It’s clear that this band is not to be pigeon-holed.

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