The first thing that should be clarified about The Monks of Mellonwah (MOM), is that they are neither. Not a monk amongst them, with no one from Mellonwah in sight, Mellonwhat? The award winning Aussie band, that actually hails from Sydney, has been making quite the impression here Stateside. Last week they signed to A&R Worldwide (Muse, Coldplay) winning the 'Best International Rock Band' at both the LA and AIM Music Awards. So, no great surprise that this summer's tour will be their 3rd visit to the US, finding them back once again in Los Angeles. Hint, they have been very well received here.
Harnessing the full force of their driving riffs, the group has somewhat catapulted to global success. Taking the preeminent sounds of psychedelic rock and 90s alternative, and blending them together into something fresh and new for 2014. A creative collision of four musical personalities, consisting of lead vocalist Vikram Kaushik, guitarist Joseph de la Hoyde, bassist (and brother) John de la Hoyde and drummer Joshua Baissari. The Monks' have been together for little over four years, but needless to say they have been very busy during that time. "The last few years we've developed both as individual musicians, but more importantly, collectively as a band" pronounced one of the de la Hoyde brethren. They've evolved fast, over a short period of time. Gleaning international airplay, awards and accolades along the way. Already performing at legendary LA haunts, Whiskey A Go Go and The Avalon Theatre. With licensing deals being coveted by Bunim/Murray Productions, MTV Networks, Discovery Channel, and FOX Sports. They remain fueled by one cumulative creative goal, to deliver original music in its purest form, that can't be categorized by just one genre.
In 2012 it was the release of Neurogenesis, a five-track EP, which led to those multiple agreements and mass press exposure. Garrnered mainly via the EP's title track and the single Neverending Spirit (see video). In 2013, proving their stylistic diversity once again, M.O.M released a cinematic trilogy entitled Sky and the Dark Night. A film-inspired project epitomizing what genre-busting is all about. By interweaving multiple styles and sounds, into one elongated track, with an eight minute run time.
Their first full-length album, Turn the People was also a three-parter, released in its entirety this year. Volume 1: Ghost Stories (with title music video directed by by Bruno Kataoka), followed by V2: Afraid to Die and V3: Pulse. With Grammy winning producer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne) taking the helm for five of Turn the People's tracks. The start of their US/European tour kicks off in June, with their first LA gig at the Viper Room (tickets here).
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US Tour dates:
(Passport Approved - A&R Worldwide Tour, Monks of Mellonwah headlining
w/guests Lime Cordiale, Hamish Anderson & Giorgi + Leo)
June 9th - Viper Room, West Hollywood, 8 PM
June 10th - The Standard, Fresno, 8 PM
June 11th - The Atrium @ The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA, 9 PM
June 12th - The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA, 8PM
June 13th - Doug Fir, Portland, OR, 8 PM
June 14th - Bodega Nightclub, Reno, NV, 8 PM
June 17th - Crocodile, Seattle, WA, 8 PM
June 20th - Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
June 21st - The Emporium, Patchogue, NY
June 24th - Latitude Live, Pittsburgh, PA
June 25th - The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
June 28th - The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
June 29th - Buster's Billiards & Backroom, Lexington, KY
July 1st - Gillioz Theatre, Springfield, MO
July 2nd - Neumeier's Rib Room & Beer Garden, Fort Smith, AR