Drawing influences from bands like The Strokes, Oasis, and Twin Peaks, San Diego indie rockers, Stray Monroe, have carved out their niche in the indie community by standing out from other bands.
Formed in 2016, Stray Monroe is Blake Imperl (vocals/guitar), Brett Kelly (bass), Colin Croft (drums). Gigging all around Southern California and Mexico, the band prides itself on its energetic live performances and humble nature. The band has been featured on Spotify’s "Fresh Finds" and "Release Radar" Playlists, 91X FM, NBC SoundDiego, and 94/9 FM.
Stray Monroe has been described as, “Strokes meets Television” by 94/9 FMs Timothy Joseph and, “A punk band on one of their cheerier days”, by Michael Brummet of Impose Magazine. In March of 2017 the group released theirdebut EP, “The Stray Monroe Show”. This was a period of firsts for the band, scoring their first TV appearance as well as their first radio play with their songs, “Muddy Soles” and “Take It Fake It”.
They released a pair of singles, “Happy Accidents” and “Forever After”, in the Fall of 2017 which introduced a more mature sound and demonstrated their growth as musicians. They released their second EP, “Momentary Vertigo”, on March 23rd, 2018. The EP has received over 10,000 worldwide Spotify streams in less than 3 weeks and it has been picked up by several Spotify curated playlists.