For years, Corey Fry listened to nothing but rap. You wouldn't know it from the conceptual art-rock performed by his band, Monolithic Cloud Parade.

For years, Corey Fry listened to nothing but rap. You wouldn't know it from the conceptual art-rock performed by his band, Monolithic Cloud Parade.

Inspired by indie rockers like Wolf Parade and Neutral Milk Hotel in college, Fry bought a guitar in 2006 and taught himself to play.

"I wanted to do music just to see if I could," Fry said.

Soon after, his girlfriend moved out and his father moved away, providing ample inspiration for the lively gloom of debut "Children With Wolf Heads." Fry recorded most of the dark, dense collection alone before recruiting his bandmates through Craigslist last year.

They instantly went on a tear, performing more than 60 shows between March and December. All that stage time helped the musicians cohere in time to contribute significantly to "The Sea and Setting Sun," MCP's sophomore album to be released Saturday at Skully's.

The record's hazy, neurotic epics aren't a far cry from the debut, but they're a steep departure for trumpet player Brandon Isabell, who played jazz, hip-hop and R&B before joining MCP.

"As long as you have a stable bass line and a good drummer," Isabell said, "everything kind of falls into place."