Local rockers Thunderlip and Monkeyknifefight (MKF) unite forces, aiming to melt downtown Wilmington with their fast, loud, and live music. This is the seventh straight year that these friends, bound by immaturity, will play together. Their combination of punk-rock and old-school metal will bring forth watered-down morals and a sure-fire good time.
“I’m expecting [a] pretty wild night,” Charlie Smith, of MKF, sanctions. “What’s great is that with our music being a little different, it makes for a good mix.”
While sin, booze, and rock embody both MKF and Thunderlip, they still have two separate core fan bases, but with the help of a little alcohol, respective fans will get along well.
The name Monkeyknifefight was inspired by an episode of “The Simpsons.” While Urban Dictionary defines it as a deadly fight between two primates who have purchased knives, Wilmington knows them as four punk rockers who started their destruction circa 2001. The idea for the band began as a mere two piece set with Smith (drums) and Josh Pearson (guitar). Both musicians jammed together, recorded tunes on a four-track, and played some homegrown parties.
“It never really amounted to anything,” Smith says. But six years later, the duo decided to start again. This time around, Pearson swapped to bass, and Jaybee Bratz (lead guitar/vocals) provided some attitude. MKF worked well as a trio. Smith and Bratz took turns with the writing and singing. To bring more inspiration to the group, David Ware (rhythm guitarist) was added later. Ware helped write the newest material for MKF. Eventually, Pearson had to quit playing, and the guys brought in Mitch Jones (bass) to permanently solidify their lineup. MKF has stayed this way for five years now, but they still remain brash. They couldn’t care less what anyone thinks of them. Smith cements the band’s motto.
“We are a punk-rock band—period,” he notes.
“We have no interest in saving the world, being a part of a scene, or being sensitive to your feelings. We are, however, interested in punk-rock, beer, guns, bad television, world catastrophes, girls, drugs, girls on drugs, and breakfast.”