Written by Jacqui James

ON MYSPACE SOME GREAT ARTISTS have contacted me, but Rod Davitt has always been genuinely friendly. So it’s a real pleasure to review his band Monkeytin’s album titled Brave.


Brave captures Monkeytin’s pub-rock sound with raw drum beats and guitar twangs. On the flipside, it’s the perfect album to take away to your favourite beach spot and chill.

With honest lyrics such as in the titled track Brave you know that Monkeytin are a real Aussie band who have experienced the highs and lows in life. Listening to Brave I kept getting a Powderfinger vibe with the raw, not heavily produced sound. I love Crash And Burn; this bluesy rock tune made my toe tap, but my favourite track is Fuck It All because it basically is about saying just that when you have had enough!

Monkeytin are unsigned but are constantly touring. You can check out their tour dates and more importantly purchase Brave from their Myspace page


I give Monkeytin’s Brave three frangipanis out of five!

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at

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