|Years active 2008 (2008)–2012|
|Active until 2012|
|Labels Awesome Sauce Records, Warrior Records|
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States (2008)
Members Jackson Rathbone, Ben Graupner, Jerad Anderson, Lawrence Abrams, Ben Johnson
Albums Liquid Zoo, Monster De Lux, Live and Kickin, Part One, Grape (Parental Advisory), Creative Control, Grape
Similar New Jackson, Paul McDonald, Tinsel Korey, Nikki Reed, Booboo Stewart
100 Monkeys is an independent funk rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band name comes from the idea of the “Hundredth Monkey Effect” in which a learned behavior spreads instantaneously from one group of monkeys to all related monkeys once a critical number is reached. The current members of the group are Ben Graupner, Jackson Rathbone, Jerad Anderson, Ben Johnson, and Lawrence Abrams. The band has recently risen to fame due in part to the popularity of member Jackson Rathbone, an actor who plays the character Jasper in the Twilight Saga movie series. Rathbone has given interviews about his work as a musician on MTV and VH1.
The group came together in 2008 in Los Angeles, California, playing small shows at the 24K Lounge and other places in Los Angeles. Their first album, Monster De Lux, was entirely improvised and was done in one long take. Their second self-released album, Creative Control Sessions, featured popular songs "Sleeping Giants" and "Gus" and was produced by Scott Coslett. During a small tour from May through June 2009, the band played dates in PA and NY and in June released 3 singles of studio mastered songs - “Ugly Girl”, “Smoke” and “Wasteland Too”. their first studio album, “Grape” was released in 2009. The band then toured the West Coast. In 2010, the band embarked on a 100 City Tour across the United States, an effort which has greatly increased their audience.
The band’s sound has been described as funk rock by Spin Magazine. They have described the meaning behind their lyrics to be inspired by “drinking, the devil, death and women who cheat and steal.” Due to their recent fame the group has been interviewed by various music magazines and television networks. Their music is said to have a blues like feel, and their performances give off a '60s-like vibe, mimicking bands such as the Beatles. Their sound has also been described by MTV.com as a blend of “Iggy Pop with the Raconteurs.”
In 2010 the band also released Live And Kickin: Part Too, a documentary companion to their Live And Kickin: Part One live album.
The band signed with Warrior Records in 2011 and released their second studio album June 28, 2011, entitled Liquid Zoo. They will embark on a summer tour spanning all of North America and parts of Canada. The tour will be supported by Vancouver band The Bleeding Horse Express which has a forthcoming album produced by Rathbone. The Tour kicked off with an album release party in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will wrap up exactly two months later in San Diego, CA.
On March 4, 2012 100 Monkeys announced that Jackson Rathbone and Jerad Anderson would be taking a leave from the band. Anderson hopes to return eventually after working on some film projects for his company Wayne/Lauren Film Company, but Rathbone is suspected to be permanently replaced after the announcement of his girlfriend's pregnancy. The two members are being replaced and 100 Monkeys is touring the west coast during April 2012 in support for their new single, "City Of Bones" which will debut March 12, 2012.
On April 13, 2012 - Fans were told to click a link from 100 monkeys Twitter account, that lead them to the information that former bandmate Jackson Rathbone and his lawyers had informed the band that the name "100 Monkeys" can no longer be used by remaining band members. Since the news broke the official website for 100 Monkeys has been closed down and Lawrence Abrahms has left the band as well. Leaving Ben Johnson and Ben Graupner as the last two members of the original line up. Two new members have joined the band since it was announced that Jackson Rathbone and Jerad Anderson were leaving, Matt Black and Rob Coonrod join the remaining members to complete the lineup.
The group’s members vary from up and coming movie producers to excelling actors.
Ben Graupner plays just about everything from trumpet, guitar, drums, keyboard, and bass guitar, and sings vocals for the band. He was born in Dallas, Texas, on February 7. (band site) He has had small roles in a few movies including Trapped in the 5150 and Devolved. He is also the lead vocalist for the band Mechanical People, which also included Ben Johnson and friend Jake Miller.
Jackson Rathbone was born in Singapore City, Singapore on December 14, 1984. He later moved to Texas with his family where he pursued his love of music. He studied acting at Interlochen Center For The Arts, in Interlochen, Michigan, during high school. He is quickly rising to fame with the popularity of the hit movie series Twilight and the 2010 film, The Last Airbender. Jackson plays the guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, mandolin, trumpet, harmonica and is on vocals.
Jerad Anderson was born in San Diego, California, on June 4, 1981. He is a budding actor, having a guest role as Jonah Perkins in the hit ABC Family show Greek as well as several other movies and television shows. Jerad plays guitar and background vocals for the group. Like other members of the band, he also alternates between bass, keyboard, and drums. Jerad is owner of Wayne/Lauren Film Company which in 2010 produced the movie Girlfriend, starring Evan Sneider, which co-starred Anderson and Rathbone and was scored by the band.
Ben Johnson was born May 4, 1984, in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. He plays drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, and vocals for 100 Monkeys. He has produced several albums of music by Spencer Bell, a long time friend that passed from Adrenal Cancer in 2006. www.spencerbellmemorial.com
M. Lawrence “Uncle Larry” Abrams is the band percussionist, and plays flute, bass, saxophone, and occasionally vocals. Lawrence was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 5, 1953, but claims to be from Mars.
The band states that their greatest influences are David Bowie and Gary Busey.
100 Monkeys performs an improvised song at every one of their shows, building on an idea taken from the audience and chosen by Jerad Anderson. The lyrics are usually sung by Jackson Rathbone, and instrumentation varies. This song is never rehearsed beforehand, but written on the spot.
Titles for some 100 Monkeys improv songs are: *February 25, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - "Jello"
Ugly GirlLive and Kickin - Part One · 2010
Orson BrawlGrape (Parental Advisory) · 2009
KolpixLive and Kickin - Part One · 2010