Brad and Joe first got together to put together a best man speech for Brad's friend George's wedding. That short speech/song writing session led to a long friendship and partnership of writing songs. The two began to meet regularly to perform new songs at Vaughan's Pub in Lakeview for Tuesday night open mics. Brad wrote folksy guitar parts, and Joe sang ironic politically driven lyrics over them.
Joe met Adam Balasco at a Skippin' Rocks jam and got to talking about Dave Brubeck and John Frusciante. The conversation led to further jamming: a lot of free jazz and R&B. Joe had been writing jazzy tunes that when paired with Adam's grove based drumming melded into it's own style.
After playing guitar on Jux's debut EP, Joe began to record his compositions at the MT Pocket on the west side. Joe, Adam, and Brad came together as Scotch the Filmmaker for the release of the EP. Jackie Alcåntara graciously hosted their release show at Chauntico Lofts for an intimate DIY setting. On April 16th,"Les Simply Put" was released to a select group of friends and family and the trio performed live together for the first time. Adam and Brad had never previously met.
Scotch the Filmmaker's debut album was a collaboration formed around Joe Monahan "to finally get out some songs that had been lying around for too long." The record bends and changes genre, which has become a staple of the Scotch recordings.