In a Buzzing Boston Music Scene, Sea Monsters are Queen Bee


Bringing together some of Boston’s finest players and blending musical styles and backgrounds that include rock, soul, punk, roots, folk, funk, blues and jazz, Christian McNeill and Jesse Dee originally started the Sea Monsters collective as a Sunday night jam session. The stage at Somerville’s Precinct would serve as a platform for the Irish-born punk rocker and R&B throwback to craft and fine-tune each others songs while having a great time playing music with a very talented group of friends.


That was 2007. A 3+ year residency in front of a packed Precinct every Sunday night and a 2010 Boston Music Award for “best ongoing residency” later, the Sea Monsters movement has organically grown into one of the city’s most desired live acts to see with Christian McNeill at the helm. Joining McNeill (guitar, vocals) on stage on most Sunday nights is the aforementioned Jesse Dee (guitar, vocals), Tom Arey (drums), Michael Miksis (bass, vocals), Lyle Brewer (electric guitar), Ben Zecher (keys), and Boston’s hardest working horn section, brothers John (sax) and Scott (trumpet, vocals) Aruda. And on any given Sunday night, keeping in the anything-goes-spirit of the Sea Monsters movement, an honorary guest will sit in to join the musical orgy, undoubtedly providing a unique songwriters-in-the-round style of set that will blow your mind. It may even be the first time some of the musicians on stage have played that guest’s songs, but you can put MY house on it that the execution will be tight and the band will offer a fresh approach to the tunes of one of your favorite Boston songwriters. Such honorary Sea Monsters have included Tim Gearan, Dwight Ritcher, Nicole Nelson, Reva Williams, Ryan Montbleau, Will Dailey, Dennis Brennan, and Jimmy Ryan just to name a few.


With their Sunday night residency coming to a close in early 2011, Christian McNeill led the troops into the studio to embark on a new challenge – to translate their live sound and McNeill penned tunes to record. Through January and February at Q-Division Studios in Somerville’s Davis Square, the band recorded 10 songs for their debut album which is slated for fall. However, the first single, a 7” vinyl of the frenetic “Zero”, was released on May 19th on Q-Dee Records and can be streamed and purchased with its b-side, “Don’t Make Me Wait”, below for your listening pleasure. 

Sea Monsters – “Lucky” Live from their debut single release party at Q-Division Studios

Posted on by sandmanmusic in New Music Mondays

One Response to In a Buzzing Boston Music Scene, Sea Monsters are Queen Bee

  1. Nicole

    ahhh…. good times!!!!

Add a Comment