Receiving the Evcharist: Redbait and Monkey Shoulder

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Redbait’s Cages and Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whiskey.  

The Metal: Redbait’s Cages

redbait cages

St. Louis, MO’s Redbait have made quite a name for themselves since their debut demo dropped last April. And coming on the heels of festivals, appearances on the lauded hate5six channel, and signing to New Age Records is the band’s second release, Cages.  While Redbait’s signature short and sharp bursts of musically frantic, lyrically scathing hardcore punk are present on Cages, the differences between last year’s Red Tape EPand Cages are astounding to see; even though Red Tape only pre-dates Cages by a year, the band clearly spent that time wisely honing their craft, as evidenced by tighter performances and a wealth of new influences folded into the mix.  “Our Town” propels itself forward with guitar lines that scream crossover thrash (alongside an airtight rhythm section), “Forever Ends Now” sees the band incorporate space and quiet interludes into their songs to staggering emotional effect, but it’s on the melodic crust meets light black metal of “Bred For The Knife,” easily one of my favorite songs I’ve heard all year, where you really see that growth taken to its full potential, and you know in your gut that this band has the potential to become huge.  Godzilla huge.  Mount Everest huge.  ‘Do yourself a favor and get on board now because they’ll be a household name next year’ huge.

Midwest Proletarian Crust forever.

The Booze: Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whiskey

monkey shoulder
New camera, who’s this?

Today we’re taking another break from beer so I can tell you about one of my other biggest alcohol related passions: Scotch.  Whiskey.  A spirit I grew up with thanks to my family’s love of the stuff, scotch has always been a sign of special occasions and good times, and my favorite non-beer adult beverage bar none.  Because of its higher price point, though, it was always something relegated to those special occasions, not something I would routinely stock.  That is, until I found Monkey Shoulder.  While scotch is generally a ‘you get what you pay for’ item, Monkey Shoulder is a rare and delightful exception to that rule, drinking as good as things that are twice its price point.  As blended scotch whiskey, it has the prefect balance of highland and island styles of scotch, with just enough of the peaty smokiness that I crave.  The body is rich and the taste pleasingly lingers on the tongue, growing more complex as it fades.  All together, Monkey Shoulder isn’t just the best scotch for its price, it might just be one of my favorite scotches I’ve had.

Cheers, and be good to each other,

– Vincent

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