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Welcome to Darling Pet Munkee on Season 4 of On Stage with Mantis Facebook Fan Page July 5th, 2012.

  • Michael J. Epstein - vocals/bass
  • Catherine Capozzi - guitar
  • Sophia Cacciola - drums

Sea-Monkeys, X-Ray Specs, and a necklace full of soil from Dracula’s castle are among the many bizarre items that were sold in comic-book ads of yore. Garage/surf rock supergroup Darling Pet Munkee aims to tell the tales of these lost items in song. In early 2012, the band released a 7-song EP, _Glows in the Dark!_ and on Halloween 2012 they released a second 7-song EP, _You Better Believe It!

The video for "X-ray Specs" has over 50,000 in part due to a debut on geek-culture blog boingboing: http://boingboing.net/2011/12/16/darling-pet-munkee-x-ray-sp.html

The band name is derived from both the sale of living squirrel monkeys via ads (“Darling Pet Monkey”) and the combination of Sophia Cacciola (drums, vocals) and Michael J. Epstein (bass, vocals) of The Prisoner-themed act, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, and Catherine Capozzi (guitars) of Axemunkee.

  • web: http://darlingpetmunkee.com
  • images of original ads for press use: http://donotforsake.com/dpm/ads
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/darlingpetmunkee
  • email: sophia@donotforsake.com
  • Blog/News: http://bit.ly/DPMnews
  • Axemunkee: http://axemunkee.com/
  • Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling: http://donotforsake.com/

About the band:
Catherine Capozzi is nothing less than a guitar goddess, a girl who can shred with the best of the boys. After being selected by Queen’s Brian May out of 104 guitarists to win a famed “Red Special” guitar, Catherine founded Axemunkee to highlight her original guitar-based compositions, blending a variety of musical styles including: majestic psychedelia, hard rock, surf music, Middle Eastern music, and Parisian swing. Axemunkee’s “Acid Django” has been featured multiple times in the History Channel’s hit program, American Pickers. Cathy, known previously for her work with the band All the Queen’s Men and the Edith Piaf tribute band, Ziaf, was even mentioned in the book: She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul by British rock writer Lucy O'Brien and, appropriately, was the basis of a character in Marvel Comic’s Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Dr. Capozzi, a “mad genetic scientist with a heart of gold.”

Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein together make up Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, an angular drums/bass duo performing songs based on the ‘60s spy-fi cult-classic, The Prisoner. The band is currently two EPs (April 2010's The New Number 2 and June 2011's Questions Are a Burden to Others) into a project to write and record 17 songs, each one based on/inspired by an episode of the series and has recently released a painstakingly accurate, music-video recreation of the opening sequence of the show, The Prisoner, for their song, “Episode 1 - Arrival.” The pair also perform in the library-themed baroque pop ensemble, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library and the intergalactic children’s band, Space Balloons.



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