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Channeling the spirit of Lou Reed in 8-bit form, Mark Denardo put together Graffiti Monsters to blend videogame sounds with pounding drums, twangy guitars, and bluesy vocals for an electrifying and frenetic aural concoction. Mixing elements of punk, noise, blues, art-rock, and chiptune music, the group continues to tear its way through the Brooklyn underground music scene.


Above: Graffiti Monsters at Blip Festival ‘07

Building tunes by adding in instrumental and vocal layers, the band drapes its sonic accompaniment on a branching chiptune foundation laid out by a Game Boy running Little Sound DJ. With two drum kits, a small piece of gaming hardware, a battered guitar, and a strong set of pipes, Graffiti Monsters musters up a formidable 8-bit howl.


Above: The band’s fifth member


Above: Graffiti Monsters live at SXSW

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