Formed in March 2009 with a combination of various musicians with diverse backgrounds and musical exposure from Kolkata and other parts of the country, India.
“Eclectic” is the word that comes to mind when trying to define the sound of Kolkata based band “the Monkberries”. A typical set list of the band includes songs from artists like Gavin Degraw, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Snow Patrol, Collective Soul, Rascal Flatts, INXS, Beatles, RHCP, Eagles, Bo Bice, Cliff Richard, Ben Harper, Poets of the Fall and Nil Langdrens Funk Unit just to name a few. The band also excels at giving old songs a new twist so that they sound relevant today just as they did back in the day.
This diverse genre of songs is due to the varied musical inclinations of the band members. Besides making for a unique listening experience, it also challenges the band members to learn different techniques, appreciate different styles and helps them grow as musicians. A lot of time is spent deciding upon the setlist as the aim of the band is not only to entertain an audience but also open up new musical portals for the average listener for Kolkata and for the world.