Monoculture is a Dallas psych/jazz-fusion four-piece. What once started as aimless jams between founders and longtime friends Olan Mijana and Nick Leibold became something with a little more purpose when the two completed a four-track demo while living 300 miles apart. This demo was the catalyst to the two’s completion of Monoculture’s full-length, debut album “Heavier Daze,” an eclectic take on psychedelic rock.
Fast forward a few years, and Monoculture have added to their original lineup in the form of Jason Trevino on bass and John Valentine on keys. Besides trekking across the US on several regional tours, Monoculture has held opening slots for psych legends The Brian Jonestown Massacre and other national acts such as Mild High Club, L.A. WITCH, and Ceramic Animal, and in the process, have received nods from nationally-recognized Afropunk. In addition, they have built a solid home base in their hometown of Dallas, earning the Dallas Observer’s acclaim as the city’s Best Rock Act of 2018, receiving mentions from other local publications such as D Magazine and Central Track, as well as founding Dallas’s first psychedelic music festival, Paisley Maze.
While their first record left the impression that there was still some soul searching for them to do, their second, titled Blueprint for Dysfunction, sees Monoculture truly finding their form with something more cohesive, conceptual, unique — and jazzy.