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Hoodang w/ Timothy Monger – October 27, 2023

October 27, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Founded in 2003, Ann Arbor-based, genre-busting Hoodang has been tapping into that gleaming vein of sonic gold that travels back into the early part of the last century. Drawing inspiration from the tradition of English murder ballads, hardcore country music, and careful-you’ll-cut-yourself acoustic blues, Hoodang plays a rich amalgam of strikingly original American roots music that is alternately pensive and seriously rocking. Hoodang is David Rossiter, Sophia Hanifi, and Dave Keeney. 

Singer, songwriter, guitarist David Rossiter has been the guiding light behind Hoodang since the start. He founded The Songs In You Songwriting School in 2021 to share his unique approach to the craft with others.

Sophia Hanifi joined Hoodang in 2013 contributing powerful lead and harmony vocals to the mix. Sophia previously played pivotal roles front and center for the bands Map of the World and FUBAR.

Long respected as a stellar instrumental heavyweight, Dave Keeney joined Hoodang in 2011 and began writing and singing songs that time and again morph into audience favorites.

Timothy Monger is a musician and writer living in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He has recorded four solo albums ranging in style from lush baroque pop to pastoral folk and harmony-driven indie rock. He first established himself in the mid-2000s as a member of the cult classic Ann Arbor band Great Lakes Myth Society which he co-founded with his brother James Christopher Monger. The roots of this band lay in another pioneering ensemble the brothers had previously helmed called the Original Brothers and Sisters of Love. Under that name they released a pair of wildly eccentric folk-rock LPs for Brooklyn indie the Telegraph Company (Kelley Stoltz, Stew) before disbanding in 2003.

Prior to launching Great Lakes Myth Society, Monger issued his solo debut, Summer Cherry Ghosts, in the summer of 2004. The lush chamber pop song cycle earned comparisons to the Beach Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year by the Trolley Bus label. By early 2005, Great Lakes Myth Society had emerged with their self-titled debut. Fusing elegant XTC-inspired pop with a distinctly Midwestern rock sensibility, the band soon signed to Michigan indie Quack! Media which issued their acclaimed sophomore effort, Compass Rose Bouquet, in 2007. The three years that followed included a run of national tours, annual appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, the Hidden Cameras, and the Walkmen among many others.

In 2010, with Great Lakes Myth Society entering a hiatus, Monger completed sessions for his solo follow-up and formed the first edition of his band, Timothy Monger State Park. Released in the summer of 2011, The New Britton Sound combined rustic-toned indie pop with lyrical folk-rock, taking its name from the rural farming town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. The inaugural release on his own Northern Detective imprint, the album was a stylistic leap forward for Monger, moving away from the orchestral leanings of his debut in favor of a more organic, yet still sophisticated sound.

Monger’s fourth album leans heavily into his accumulated hodgepodge of quirks. Bits of psychedelia, ’70s pop, folk, French chanson, and even Celtic are represented amid its 12 songs. He handled all of the instruments himself and the few parts he couldn’t manage he farmed out to friends including Kalamazoo fiddler Samantha Cooper, his Great Lakes Myth Society bandmates, and New York composer/activist Jesse Paris Smith. Joyful in its eccentricity, it’s an album that celebrates literature, nature, offbeat characters, and an abiding love of the arcane. Of all his releases, it is the one most representative of Monger’s personal philosophy and bears only his name for a title. Monger’s eponymous fourth album was released in June 2023.


October 27, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


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