If you’ve lived on Long Island for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the hook-laden music of The Mondays.
The Hauppauge-based band will once again be bringing their feel-good rock to the in Mattituck, playing the on Saturday at 6 p.m. In existence since 1996, the four-piece now has four albums under their belt and continues to enjoy playing fairs, festivals — and even marathons. The Mondays have recently opened for the likes of Maroon 5, Train and REO Speedwagon.
One reviewer described their music like this: “It’s fun and it’s potent and it’s everything rock and roll used to be...you know, like back in the early 80’s when artists got popular for making you feel better instead of making you want to run the car with the garage door closed.”
Patch chatted with lead signer Ken Carmen before the show.
Patch: Where did you guys meet?
Carmen: Craig’s List, actually. We were all kind of spread out across Long Island, Hauppauge to Great Neck. I went to high school with the guitar player. We all lived in the same house in Nassau County for a while when we first started out — called it the castle.
Patch: Did you start out as a cover band like many do?
Carmen: In the very, very beginning. But the more covers we played the more I realized I wanted to be an independent songwriter.
Patch: You guys make a living off the band?
Carmen: It’s very much a hobby — I’m a full-time computer tech guy — but we’ve been lucky with the gigs we’ve gotten. We stay away from the bars and play the higher-profile festivals — we’ve been with GreenFest since day one. Albums sales are excellent there, and yes the is great too. To be in this group, you have to set your alarm clock to do a gig.
Patch: Who are your influences, and do you agree with the common thread in reviews that you retain that feel-good New Wave ‘80s feel?
Carmen: My top influence hands-down is Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20 — I’ve been following his career from the beginning. And yes, I do agree with what everyone says about our music. The Mondays take simplicity to the extreme — more vocals and drums than instruments. Short songs, two-and-a-half minutes, keep it simple, fun, keep people dancing. For me, making music has always been more about the journey that the destination. And I’m fortunate to still be on that journey.
The is an outdoor celebration of green living with green vendors and live music on a solar powered stage on Strawberry Fields in Mattituck. The hours are: 9/14: 5 to 9 p.m., 9/15: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 9/16: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 9/17: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for the entertainment line-up.