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If you haven't heard Portland's Monarques then you're missing out on the great music that good times are made of. Monarques play their take on fifties influenced jangle-pop rock n' roll that breathes new life into the feel-good music that gets every foot tapping and every mouth singing along. Their music harks back to a time when coke was just a sweet soda, Saturday nights were made for dancing and sweet songs could catch you your love. Monarques frontman Josh Spacek writes songs with the sensibility that a good pop song can fix a broken heart, even if for just one night. Monarques started when Spacek was riding in the tour van with his former band, Oh Captain, My Captain, on the New Jersey Turnpike somewhere between Philadelphia and nowhere when he wrote down the words, "my cold, cold heart melts away with every passing day.” He recalls, "writing it down and knowing that it would be the first song of the next phase." Meaning the previous phase of the partying, going nowhere lifestyle he was leading before was at the beginning of its end. Josh knew the songs he was starting to write had no place in the band he was playing in so he stepped out of Oh Captain, My Captain and started fresh with a whole new band and a whole new approach to making music, altogether. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.