It was the release of their first full-length album “Black Bee and the Flower” in 2002, which helped them win a niche of supporters and create a unique identity in Kathmandu’s rock music scene. Today, Monkey Temple has come a long way and gained the reputation for being one of the most popular alternative rock bands in Nepal.
The band has featured regularly in some of the most prestigious musical concerts and festivals that have been organized throughout the country like the Silence Festival and The Himalayan Blues Festival. These are the types of festivals which have featured renowned international musicians and bands from various countries. The band has grabbed all these opportunities with both hands and has consistently captivated the audience with their unique sound and energetic performances. From Pokhara to Bhairahawa to Butwal to Biratnagar, the band also has an extensive portfolio, touring most of the major cities/venues in Nepal. With their ever-growing fan base and popularity, the band has been experiencing an increasing demand for their live performances by the Nepalese diasporas living abroad and the band now wants to cater to these audiences.
In the year 2012, the band reached some remarkable milestones following the release of their second studio album Shades of Grey, which was recorded and mixed at the Rec. Records studio, Kathmandu, owned and operated by esteemed Nepali blues musician Mr. Sunit Kansakar. Besides having some of their singles top the charts of several acclaimed Nepali FM radio stations on numerous occasions, they also became the first ever Nepali band to have one of their music videos (for their song titled ‘Anumati’) air played on MTV South Asia. The members of the band were recognized for this achievement at a ceremony held by the Nepal Music Center Trust (NMC), undoubtedly one of the best music education institutions in Nepal. If that was not enough, the song ‘Anumati’ also bagged the prestigious HITS FM award for the ‘Best Rock Composition’ category in the beginning of 2013.
The band comprises of Sareen Deoja (vocals), Deepak Moktan(guitars/vocals/back vocals), Srijan Bikram Gewali (guitars), Prateek Baniya (bass) and Pratap Risal (drums), all of whom hail from Kathmandu. Although the band is mostly categorized as an alternative rock outfit, the current band members like to think of their band as “experimental” and “progressive” also.