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Mona

MonaAudio CD
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Devotion. Faith. Abandonment. The ecstasy of salvation, the salvation of ecstasy…
There’s a thin line between rock ’n roll and religion, and nowhere thinner than in the intense, sharp, sweat-drenched, dueling-guitar euphoria of Mona. The Nashville four-piece band – or family, or gang, or band of brothers – are young, charismatic punk preachers. They’ll ... Read more in Amazon's Mona Store

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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B005IQ56SW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lean Into The Fall
2. Cloak And Dagger
3. Listen To Your Love
4. Teenager
5. Lines In The Sand
6. Taboo Lights
7. The Tally
8. Say You will
9. Shooting The Moon
10. Pavement
11. Trouble On The Way
12. I Seen

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Devotion. Faith. Abandonment. The ecstasy of salvation, the salvation of ecstasy... There's a thin line between rock 'n roll and religion, and nowhere thinner than in the intense, sharp, sweat-drenched, dueling-guitar euphoria of Mona. The Nashville four-piece band - or family, or gang, or band of brothers - are young, charismatic punk preachers. They'll testify to the thrill they get from hunkering down in their basement and writing and recording the best debut album of 2011. They'll hymn the praises of visceral rock with heavenly fireworks in its soul. They want to convert everyone they come across. This, by the way, isn't the old God-and-the-devil schticky music-biz hyperbole. Three-quarters of Mona did learn their music - how to play, how to perform, how to work a crowd - in church: frontman/guitarist Nick Brown and drummer Vince Gard in a Pentecostal Charismatic congregation, bass player Zach Lindsey in a Southern Baptist congregation. For all three, while they were growing up, secular music was frowned upon, and transporting an audience - the congregation - was paramount. For all four - guitarist Jordan Young completes the line-up - imbuing secular music with honest passion and true grit is what Mona are all about. Mona keep the faith, "but it's definitely our own brand, we've had to walk away from a lot of the bullshit of church," says Nick, as verbally forthright offstage as he is forcefully charismatic onstage. We're all family people. We're all mamas' boys. We all try to be good brothers, to be good sons. The same thing with the band - we're a family. But obviously with the band we're more like a family in the Mafia sense. We're a fucking gang as well. It's all hugs and kisses on the cheek - but if you fuck with us, we're vicious," adds the singer who dispensed with the services of his previous lead guitarist by "breaking my fist on his face". With in-band fraternalism this zealous little wonder, perhaps, that "Mona's never lost a bar fight." Mona are Sun Studio's Million Dollar Quartet (Presley, Perkins, Lewis, Cash) rebooted 54 years on. They're rock revivalists, in the sense that they like, as Nick puts it, "the golden age of the United States - the James Dean, Marilyn Monroe type stuff." This iconography and idealism, he says, informed the writing of Listen To Your Love - and the reasons why it became their first single. "It felt kinda reminiscent of some of the old stuff," he says of the song, released on already-rare and already-pricey seven-inch vinyl only. "Even Roy Orbison-type melodies. But still, a little bit of a punk thing in there. It just felt like a good first introduction, a first impression." Nick and Vince grew up in Dayton, Ohio. They met via their church musical group. Says Nick, "I needed a drummer and Vince needed an outlet. We didn't even get along as people, as friends, at all, it was more of a musical connection at first. The friendship thing developed much later. But at first, growing up in church and having a little bit of a chip on your shoulder, you want someone that's gonna play aggressively and have fun with it. And both of us were very zealous, even in the church, very passionate people. He beat the shit out of the drums and I used to break pianos." As musical "support act" to the pastor, they learnt how to improvise, and jam, to follow the flow of the service. "That's kinda how we view rock 'n roll now. I know there's a lot of stuff that's about scheduling - with radio and TV and the market now, they want you to fit in to a thing. But we've always prided ourselves on the timelessness of the experience. Just let it happen. Even when we write we don't book writing sessions or schedule time to write. We just get together and whatever happens, happens." Zach Lindsey is from the dry county of Bowling Green, KY. Whereas for Nick and Vince non-religious music was banned (Vince: "but my mom would play me Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Police and tell me not to tell my dad..."), in the bassist's church non-religious music was tolerated. "I was born listening to The Beatles." With musical options dead in the water in Dayton, Nick and Vince moved to Nashville. Why? Nick: "It was five hours' drive away as opposed to 14 hours to New York or 26 hours to LA. And way cheaper. We're a bunch of poor kids." Once relocated to Music City, they ran into Zach on the local gig scene. He in turn introduced them to Jordan Young, an old Kentucky friend who had grown up in the farm town of Breeding. Having gone through serial line-up upheaval - including the bust-up with the unfortunate guitarist with the broken face - Mona was complete. "Now we're four horses pulling the carriage," says Nick, who's worked on the "idea" for Mona for years - not least because the band is named after his grandmother. "There's a lot of people that wanted to be in this band. There's a lot of people that locally support this band. But as far as having people that understand their roles, and being happy with their roles, it's chemistry, man. It's just like a relationship. It's a marriage." Nick's top-to-bottom vision for Mona encompasses everything from the archive pictures picked to feature on the largely monochromatic design of their MySpace; to only making the odd song available, and briefly ("too many people have artistic bulimia," he spits, "eat and puke it up and they're onto the next thing. So we made people savor it"); to creating their own label Zion Noiz; to hammering out a major record company deal that, unusually, stacks things in the band's favor. In 2011, Mona won't be hard to find. They caused a rumpus in the UK last fall and brought their rock back home to an excited and receptive audience. Playing a few select dates in the US, the band was reviewed by the likes of The New York Times and SPIN.com who called them "a hot new band that's quickly turning into a phenomenon abroad and is poised to do the same back home too." Mona released their first US single, "Listen To Your Love", to iTunes on February 15 which was followed by electrifying sets at SXSW in Austin and their US TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly. The only thing slick about Mona is their hair. The rest is arm-pumping, vein-throbbing, knee-jittering, raw-throated, sing-along rock 'n roll. Mercury Records will release Mona's debut self-titled album on September 6, 2011. Nick says of their music: "It's pretty self-explanatory - there's a sound on the horizon and the volume's gonna grow. And even though we are full of ambition and very grandiose, at the end of the day it's about having our own voice and our own career. And we wanna do this for the rest of our lives. And at the end of the day, despite that huge, dramatic claim," he says with a grin, "we're just four dudes making some noise in a garage and just having fun."

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Debut studio album by the American Alternative Rock band. Devotion. Faith. Abandonment. The ecstasy of salvation, the salvation of ecstasy... There's a thin line between Rock 'n Roll and religion, and nowhere thinner than in the intense, sharp, sweat-drenched, dueling-guitar euphoria of Mona. The Nashville four-piece band - or family, or gang, or band of brothers - are young, charismatic punk preachers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm still deciding if I like them November 24, 2013
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This cd is great driving music, I heard one of the songs on t.v. And fell in love with the sound. To be perfectly honest, I haven't listened to it beyond the first two or three times when I first got it. The album just didn't pasture me like others do. Mona is plenty talented and musically interesting, but it didn't haunt me, so I forgot about it completely until a few weeks ago when I saw it in our cd binder. I shall give them another go, and if that doesn't do it, then I'm going to call this band a tad bit bland and boring... Just to be clear here, I haven't completely decided on them yet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Filling A Void March 8, 2012
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Since Kings of Leon appear to be on a sort of indefinite hiatus, Mona is more than capable of filling whatever void they've left. This album was strangely released in the UK almost a year ago, but is just now available here in the US. Why this is, I don't know, but the UK is generally quicker to recognize true talent than we Yanks. This has been true of many bands who made it big in Europe before blowing up in the US. For example: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Kings of Leon among others.

These four guys look like they just stepped out of "West Side Story" but they rock like they were born and raised on a steady diet of rock and roll. The songs are tight and well structured and they seem to be competent musicians. On first listen it seemed like I was hearing something really good, but on the second and third times through, the glow wore off.

The lead singer has a voice that is similar to Caleb Followill of King of Leon, but more rock and less soul. He has some really fantastic melodies but nothing that stood out or rang in my mind after turning the album off.

I feel like I should be really impressed with this band, and in some ways I am, but this debut album sounds to me like it was written to be big, and it probably will be. But I think it lacks something that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's a lack of urgency and passion. I think of Oasis' debut album "Definitely Maybe" and how it came blazing onto the scene with all the swagger and melody of the rockstars they weren't but would soon become.

This is a solid debut from a solid band, but I feel that too many bands, Mona included, write songs they think will get played on radio, as well as films and television.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Promising debut album, and even better in concert April 1, 2012
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Mona hail from Nashville, and have already broken in the UK, where this albm was released last year. If this tale reminds you of Kings of Leon (who also broke into the UK years before they became big in the US), by all means, don't hold back, as the music on Mona's in fact will remind you of KoL as well. Now Mona's debut album has finally been released in the US.

"Mona" (13 tracks; 41. min.) kicks off with an epic-sounding "Lean Into this Fall". Mona's lead singer Nick Brown sounds uncannily like Bono. Track 3 is "Listen to Your Love" (1st UK single), the song that brought the band so much attention in the UK, and indeed a great track. It is followed by "Teenager" (3rd UK single), a hard charging track sounding like it could've been on Kol's "Only By the Night" album. "Shooting for the Moon" (4th UK single) is my favorite track on this album, an irresistable (if dangerously close to bombastic) song. "Trouble On The Way" (2nd UK single) is another highlight on the album. Please note that track 13 is uncredited in the liner notes. With 13 songs in just about 40 min., the band blazes from one song to the next, and before you know it you find yourself playing this album again and again.

In all, this is a promising debut album for sure. Perhaps a little too reminiscent of KoL-meets-U2, but I guesa the comparisons could be worse. I had the good fortune of catching these guys in concert earlier this week, opening for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC. Great, if short set, in which the band gave its all and playing as many songs from this album as they could in their alloted 35 minutes. Very enjoyable indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mona! March 23, 2013
By Niecey
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This band is AWESOME! Me and my boyfriend like nearly every song on this CD. The price is absolutely worth it!
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