MONiKER is a mostly-Virginia band that lives in New York, making sometimes wordy, sometimes angry, sometimes dancy indie rock. After studying music theory at William and Mary, all the while nurturing a love of the studio-as-instrument music of David Bowie, Brian Wilson, and Talking Heads. Jordan Scott began working on new material, seeking to bring that same mix of pop songcraft and sound experimentation to a live band. He met up with a college friend, TD Crowley, who brought weird lead guitar (and advice on when to rein it in little bit). They then brought Jeremy Burke to write melodic bass lines and drummer Matt Shuham to supply the backbeat, and MONiKER was born.