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Villebillies Put A Lot Of Work Into Their Musical Stew

Of the Oakland Press

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Derek “Child” Monyhan likes to describe his band, the Villebillies, as “just a bunch of people that really love music and all different types of music.”

And that’s certainly reflected in the Louisville, Ky., 10-piece’s sound, a brew of Southern rock, pop, punk, rap and dance styles.

“We go over someone’s house and say, ‘Let’s try to record a track,’ ” says Monyhan, 24, who’s one of the Villebillies’ fi ve vocalists and MCs. “ ‘What’s it gonna sound like?’ ‘I dunno. Let’s try this guitar line.’ ‘OK, I can rap over to of that.’ ... It’s almost like a formula.

“And we’re all like producers, in a way. We have a good knack for agreeing what needs to go where, and we know what’s gonna work together in a song.”

The Villebillies are actually the confl uence of two groups playing from the Louisville scene that came together nearly three years ago. The band’s manager knew producer

Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn), who not only produced the group’s just-released debut album but also hooked it up with a label deal — with Universal Motown, an association Monyhan says the Villebillies are happy to have, even if they don’t exactly sound like the Four Tops or the Temptations.

“Being on (Motown) is absolute bliss, like dreams come true for us,” he notes. “It’s a ‘the stars are all aligned’ type of feeling. We love the old school Motown stuff, definitely. It’s great to be part of that history.”

The Villebillies and Jo Caine perform Thursday (October 5th) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut, Mount Clemens. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $12. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit

Web Site: www.emerald theatre.com

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