Stony Sugarskull is the sonic project of Berlin/Los Angeles based, pioneering singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist Dr (PhD) Monika Demmler. With her innovative style, her unique voice that calls to mind the music of Mazzy Star or Nico, coupled with her boundless creativity, she transcends borders by blending punk, shoe gaze, electronica and psych in a very unique and captivating way - her second album “Princess” to be released on 18th November 2022 with a special show at the Victorian historical monument HM157 Los Angeles (Tickets)
The most distinctive thing about Monika Demmler is her unique vocal style and transcendent delivery: a collage of dreamy, playful, innocent, ironic, clever, earnest, at times even spiritual psychedelia. Her artsy sound blends shades of the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Marianne Faithful and Mazzy Star into its own new best. The music also functions in part to expand on aspects of her doctoral research in metaphysics and music philosophy: she has been credited as the first who combines the power of sound frequencies with rock ’n’ roll music (Louder than War). Currently, Stony Sugarskull finished her second album “Princess” (funded by Initiative Musik) with Kristian Bell (The Wytches, UK), mastered by Luke Oldfield (Tilehouse Studios London). In 2020, her debut album “Lioness” (funded by Initiative Musik and Musicboard Berlin) was released on her label Sugarskull Records, mirroring the socio-political downfall in the 21st century. She has also received scholarships by Gema, GVL and Musikfonds Germany.
Earlier releases include the single “Butterflies” (2018), the EP “Trust” (2016), the single “Bentley” Remix (2021), the single “Gaia” Live (2021) and the studio EP “Gaia” (2017). Monika Demmler has collaborated with bassist Ben Ellis (Iggy Pop), recording mastermind Thomas Stern (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave), the legendary photographer Martyn Goodacre (Kurt Cobain, Ozzy Osbourne), producer and filmmaker Mark Reeder (New Order, B-Movie), Franz Bargmann (Michael Rother/Neu!), the highly renowned filmmaker Judith Jerome (3 REMI), among others.
“The excellent fronted-female Stony Sugarskull” (Mojo Mag) has been touring the UK, the US (California) and all over Europe - at most prestigious venues with hundreds of gigs to date, appeared in live streams such as the Mondo NYC Festival (2020) or invited to Tim Burgess’s listening party on Twitter. Her music has been picked up by major radio stations like Soho Radio London (Naked Lunch, Soho Garage), Radio Citta Aperta Rome (Thursday the New Friday), or Alex Radio Berlin (Mädchenradio). Songs of her debut album, e.g. “House on Fire” have gained up to 30k plays on Spotify or been included in playlists such as “Harvey Specter Suits” or “360: The Best Indie Music.” Currently, she is preparing for her upcoming California/US tour in June 2022.
Stony Sugarskull are, on the evidence of this record, a force to be reckoned with. […] Her Mazzy-starish vocals switching between English and German as smoothly as her music transcends genres. Shot through with a distinctly Berlin ennui […] Lioness is a trip from start to finish. Classic Rock Mag
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