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Monika Fikerle
Background information
Born 1974
Origin Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Noise rock
Indie rock
Black metal
Hardcore punk
Associated acts Love of Diagrams
Sea Scouts
Baseball
The Grimm
Jihad Against America
Surgery
1001101

Monika Fikerle is an Australian musician and multi-instrumentalist, most noted for her "energetic, quirky"[1] drumming style.

Fikerle began her music career in Hobart in 1995, becoming Sea Scouts' drummer after having taken up the drums 'about a week' earlier[2]. She later played in Surgery[3] and 1001101[4] before rejoining Sea Scouts in what would become the classic line-up. Fikerle's drumming style during her early years in Hobart featured a lot of tom work, and used cymbals only to accent the end of the bar, creating a thunderous wall of tribal pounding[5]. Fikerle's later work re-introduced more traditional rock kit elements such as snare and cymbals.

Since relocating to Melbourne, Fikerle has continued to work in more than one band concurrently, including her current projects Love of Diagrams, Baseball and Miniature Submarines, and her previous projects The Bites, The Grimm, and Jihad Against America. Although Fikerle is best known for her drumming, she has contributed to bands on bass, melodica and piano accordion[6], and has also featured as a vocalist.[7] Love of Diagrams signed to Matador Records for the release of Mosaic, becoming the first Australian act to appear on the Matador label.[8]

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Tours

Fikerle has also toured internationally with several of the bands that she has contributed to, including Sea Scouts[9], Baseball, and Love of Diagrams. The tours have encompassed several locations that are not widely visited by Australian bands, such as Eastern Europe and the Middle East.[10]

Discography

Sea Scouts Beacon Of Hope 1998
Sea Scouts Pattern Recognition 1998
Sea Scouts Word as a Weapon/Destroy Your Local McDonalds 7" 1999
The Bites Fired e.p. 2003
The Bites My Heart, Your Heart e.p. 2003
Jihad Against America Self titled 7" 2003
The Bites White Lines And Runways 2003
Love of Diagrams The Target is You 2003
Baseball Gods and Stars, Priests and Kings 2003
Love of Diagrams We Got Communication 2004
Love of Diagrams No Way Out 7" 2005
Baseball Taiwan-Japan Tour e.p. 2005
Jihad Against America Live After Deth 2006
Ninetynine 180 Degrees 2006
Love Of Diagrams Mosaic 2007
Love Of Diagrams Self titled 2007
Baseball Animal Kingdom 2008
Love Of Diagrams A Part Of You 7" / split with Songs - Its Dry (sic) 2008
Love Of Diagrams Forever/With Your Instinct 7" 2009
Love Of Diagrams Nowhere Forever 2009

On compilations

  • Puppet Show, 1998: Sea Scouts - Inbuilt Obsolescence
  • Make Mix Tapes Not War!, 2003: Love Of Diagrams - La Violencia; The Bites - Eno; Baseball - Gods & Stars, Priests & Kings; Jihad Against America - Terrorism Is The New Black
  • Melbourne Water 2, 2006: Accidents With Magnets - Twig

Videography

  • Sticky Carpet (2006): with Love of Diagrams (live footage); with Baseball (live footage and interview)
  • Live at Bar Open (2006): with Baseball (live footage)
  • The Super8 Diaries Project (2008): with Love of Diagrams (live footage); with Baseball (live footage and interview)

References

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