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After conquering Ireland and parts of the UK, Los Angeles-based Saucy Monky returns with a series of EPs certain to make an impact on the U.S. Trophy Girl Part 2, the second in the series, is due out June 25 and showcase the band’s '90s influences, sounding akin to Garbage or Sneakerpimps, with the feminine vocal force of Alanis Morrisette. The band is fueled by dual front women Cynthia Catania (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Annmarie Cullen (vocals, guitars) and propelled by the rhythm section, with Steve Giles on bass and Alexa Brinkschulte on drums.

First single “Do I Have Your Attention” kicks off Trophy Girl Part 2 with a sultry guitar groove that lures listeners into the seductively smooth and soulful interplay of Catania and Cullen’s vocals. Driven by dancey electro-beats and synths, and off to an energetic start, the track certainly succeeds in its title’s intention. Acoustic guitar strums tiptoe along with dreamy piano lines that ebb and flow with impassioned vocal harmonies and introspective lyrics on “Sleepwalking.” The EP’s final track, “My Girlfriend Is Alcohol,” is an ode on the surface, but upon closer listen, it is a metaphor for lovesickness. Cheery melodies contrast the lyrics about drowning one’s sorrows while longing for love.

The longstanding bond between Catania and Cullen has had its share of ups and down, responsible for not only the band's 11-year career but also the group’s near breaking points. After bursting into the Top 40 AAA market with "Disco Ball (Boulevard Remix)" in 2005, Saucy Monky's music was soon being heard everywhere from Nickelodeon's iCarly to Blue Bloods and Alcatraz, as well as in films, including And Then Came Lola and Amexica. The band invaded Europe on tour and shared the stage with PJ Harvey, The Black Eyed Peas, P!nk, and Wilco. However, the eventual breakup of Catania and Cullen as a couple threatened to break up the band as well. Realizing their friendship and musical partnership was too valuable to let slip away, the pair powered through with support from their bandmates, and are stronger than ever now, a fact that is clear on the Trophy Girl series of EPs.

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I remember having a conversation with Annmarie a short time before our breakup, about how we would approach being gay in conjunction with our careers. I remember saying we should stay in the closet. At the time, we had a lot of activity overseas. We had a brand-new album. We...

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