Monarch is an American indie electro-pop band based in Los Angeles, California. The members of the band are Brennan Strawn, Brent Kutzle, Brian Willett and Joel Plotnik. Originally from Pittsburgh PA, Monarch signed to Northern Records of Orange County where they released "The Grandeur that was Rome" in 2003 and "lowly" in 2007. The band later dissolved and reformed under the direction of Brennan in Seattle with the addition of Brent Kutzle of OneReublic. and other new members. The inception of Monarch began out of a love of vast soundscapes and soundtracks from movies of the 80s and 90s. The band's music has been dubbed "melodic-driven indie pop", Monarch is often compared to bands like Elbow, Sigur Ros, Keane, and Denali. Monarch's songs are inspired by an independent approach to a melodic pop sound, including elements of urban grooves and hints of cinematic themes. Strawn adds, "We usually start with a key line, mumble in a few melodies and let our imaginations get the best of us." Lead vocalist has also explained that the band is still in development of their sound, but their love for half time, heavy synth bass and big melodies will never change.