Disturbing the Peace

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Monkey Rhythm
This Must Be the Place EP (1985)


image courtesy Graham Clarke

Howie Klein's ongoing commitment to nurturing emerging talent -- even if it didn't attract the major labels -- was again demonstrated in the form of the last independent release on 415 Records. Monkey Rhythm's This Must Be the Place would be an early highlight in the long (and still thriving) music careers of band leader Adam Gates and producer Matt Wallace.

Bassist, vocalist and songwriter Gates was a sophomore at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California when he formed Monkey Rhythm with guitarist Graham Clarke and drummer Chuck Risby in 1981. Clarke and Risby had been jamming with another mutual friend, and Gates came by to listen. "The next week," he says, "I came over and started playing with them without our other friend, and it just started working."

Disturbing the Peace's chapter on Monkey Rhythm is based upon interviews with band members Adam and Graham Clarke, plus insights and memories from producer Matt Wallace, Joel Selvin and 415 Records foudner Howie Klein.

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