London, Ontario’s Mononegatives are known for their genre-bending, raw punk-meets-new wave sound. They’ve just released the latest single, “Cro-Magnon” – a bass-driven post-punk song that sheds a little honest light on human intelligence. We caught up with Mononegatives to chat about the song, their musical influences, and the best and worst parts of being musicians.

From The Strait: Tell us about the new single, “Cro-Magnon”.

Mononegatives: Lyrically it is about how humans think we are smart but in the end we are not. Musically it was one of the first songs we wrote for the record and it helped influence the rest of the songs we wrote for this record. 

FTS: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences, and how have they helped to shape your sound?

Mononegatives: We are very influenced by a variety of underground music sounds, for example the post punk/industrial sounds of the Reducers or the drumming on Interstellar Space. We take our influences and try our best to mix them together in the hope that the results are good

FTS: What’s your favourite – and least favourite – thing about being a musician?

Mononegatives: Being able to express ourselves through our music is definitely the best part of being a musician. Through the music community we get to see new bands and sounds emerge and that is a very nice thing to experience. When real world responsibilities encroach on us as musicians, that can often be seen as a negative but with the support we have been shown they are much easier to navigate.

FTS: What’s one album you can’t get enough of right now?

Mononegatives: Recently we have been enjoying Multi-Task by Omni, Foliage III, and Dark Well by Running For Cover.

FTS: What was the coolest (and/or weirdest) live show you’ve ever played?

Mononegatives: Playing at a skate park 4,040 km away from home in Oregon was an incredible experience. After years of playing in various punk and noise groups we have quite a few weird stories, many we could list off and some we maybe shouldn’t.


Check out “Cro-Magnon”, the latest single from Mononegatives!

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