'The record reminds me of At The Drive In's masterpiece 'relationship of Command'.'The Smartest Monkeys' is over in 20 all too short minutes, not a moment drags, not a moment outstays it's welcome. Here we have an EP that is a rush of excitement and stuffed full of nagging melodies and instant hooks.' - Nick Collings Alternative Rock Review London UK Who are the Smartest Monkeys?........... Asher - Sings, plays guitars, writes songs. How smart is this monkey? From about 6th grade, Asher would write a song, perform and record it by himself onto his PC computer, mix it and burn CDs which he then sold at middle school. This monkey had a following at age 13. Now at 18, music industry veterans on both coasts are buzzing over his amazing songwriting ability and clever cutting lyrics. Asher's influences are primarily XTC, Incubus, Deftones, At the Drive-In and Far. Matt - Sings, plays ANYTHING on guitar and writes songs. How smart is this monkey? Matt has been making records since he was 12. At age 18 he has been a veteran of two successful touring rock bands. With one band he recorded a very well received album on which he sang and wrote and played guitar. Matt's influences range from Led Zeppelin and Yes to XTC and Stone Temple Pilots. He is a multi-talented singer songwriter guitarist and a monkey. Having joined forces late in 2001 and worked out how deep the influences would go (and who was Lennon and who was McCartney), TSM put together a fun, catchy demo, self produced and recorded in the attic. This led to the forming a fantastic live band with local friends. Steven - The most musically diverse monkey, you may find anything from Dylan to Tower of Power to XTC in his CD player. Dubbed the 'conscience' of the band, Steven is a multi- talented multi- instrumentalist and a hot political debater. Brandon - Plays drums, piano and perc as well. The way elder statesman of the group at 22, Brandon brings the fire to the kit and keeps the monkeys funky. Originally from Birmingham Alabama his roots are from Thailand where his father hails from. TSM has been gigging around Nashville to rave reviews since late 2002 and have now begun regional shows including being asked to open for National acts like OK Go and The Donnas. TSM has now released their self titled EP, and will be performing regionally and internationally this summer. Quotable Quotes about The Smartest Monkeys - 'The record reminds me of At The Drive In's masterpiece 'relationship of Command'.'The Smartest Monkeys' is over in 20 all too short minutes, not a moment drags, not a moment outstays it's welcome. Here we have an EP that is a rush of excitement and stuffed full of nagging melodies and instant hooks.' - Nick Collings Alternative Rock Review London UK 'The Smartest Monkeys have a mission. Listen to their debut album and you can tell that something powerful is brewing here. The music drives forward, propelled by the kind of smart rock riffs that the Gang of Four, My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies were putting out when these kids were still playing in the sandbox. Somehow though, the ghosts of musical gods past have settled on the Monkey's shoulders. Where they are right now, is a lap ahead of most of the competition. Find out about TSM now, before their next album comes out and some rock magazine has to tell you how cool they are. ' - Conor McCreary (rock music review) Toronto CAN 'The station's phone lines were flooded after The Smartest Monkeys' debut on The Buzz. My listeners literally went ape over 'Prozac Winter!' I always knew they had great taste in music! The Smartest Monkeys are hip, fresh, ball-bustin' rock and roll at it's best! How's that for a quote for your press kit? And it's the truth, too. I got many enthusiastic emails and phone calls after I debuted that song. People love it. And, I have to admit, I spinned the CD all weekend on my personal CD player. I can't wait to see these guys live! ' - Natalie The Rock Chick 102.9 The Buzz Nashville 'The essence of Rock and Roll. Simply unbelievable energy' - Peter Collins Record Producer UK (Rush, Queensryche) 'High energy, kick ass rock and roll with and edge that cuts like a razor. It's fun to listen to, and delivers an energetic vibe that is enough to make anyone go nuts. The live shows must be intense!' - Michael Allison, Music Dish.com 'This is my absolute favorite record right now - more than Queens of the Stone Age or Foo Fighters even. I think people that see this band now will end up thinking of it like those who saw Nirvana on the Bleach tour' - Richard Williams founder Spongebath Records Murfreesboro, TN ( SELF ) 'This must be what it was like to have seen the sex pistols when they started' - Adam Wirdzek PK Pictures Nashville 'Seeing them live is like watching someone turn on a blender with the lid off. It's so much fun it's like going to Disneyland' - Kevin Cyka Popdrop/EMI Music Nashville.