Timothy Monger is best known for his work with Michigan rock group Great Lakes Myth Society (GLMS) which he co-founded with his brother James. The two brothers had played together previously in a similar folk-rock ensemble called The Original Brothers and Sisters of Love, releasing two well-received records for now-defunct Brooklyn indie The Telegraph Company (Stew, Kelley Stoltz, Jim Roll) before disbanding in 2003.
Just prior to forming GLMS, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts in 2004. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year. Plans for a follow-up, however, would have to wait as GLMS began to take off with the arrival of their self-titled debut in early 2005.
The success of GLMS's literate folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet was released in 2007 to glowing reviews. The two years that followed included several national tours, multiple appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras and The Hold Steady among others.
In 2010, with the members of GLMS taking a mutually agreed upon hiatus, Monger finally began recording his second solo album and started performing regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park.
Monger's sophomore album The New Britton Sound is a beautiful melding of elegant pop, and lyrical folk-rock named for the small rural town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. Released in June 2011 on his own Northern Detective record label, the album was a stylistic leap forward for Monger, moving away from the orchestral leanings of his debut in favor of a more organic, rural pop sound.
Monger is currently writing material for his third LP and is set to begin recording in early 2014.