Hard at work on their sophomore effort, Aussie rockers Monks of Mellonwah release brand new single from their upcoming album.

“Never Been Good” is the first single of 2015 for Monks of Mellonwah (MOM) and a first look into their new up and coming album set for release later this year. With its deep infectious bass groove, powerful vocal hooks and sparse but enigmatic guitars, “Never Been Good” is an exciting glimpse of good things to come.

MOM are a dynamic alt-rock quartet based in Sydney, Australia. School friends Vikram Kaushik (vocals/guitar), Joseph de la Hoyde (guitar/keys), John de la Hoyde (bass) and Joshua Baissari (drums/vocals) came together in 2009 and quickly established themselves as the ‘new kids on the block’ in the international music scene.

Citing musical and film influences across different genres, eras, and movements, MOM are bringing their unique and dynamic brand of alt-rock to the global music circle with core influences from Muse, Pink Floyd, the Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Gorillaz, as well as many others.

Their first EP, Stars Are Out, from 2010 received significant radio play across Australia. The band followed with a video for the song “Swamp Groove.” Released in 2011, the video received airplay on ABC1’s Australian music video program Rage and also won an award at video night at Harold’s Shorts Short Film Festival.

It was their second EP, Neurogenesis, from 2012 which started to earn the band international radio play. MTVs The Real World St. Thomas used the song “Neverending Spirit” in an episode which helped propel the band to tour across both Australia and the United States in support of Neurogenesis.

A second US tour saw the band performing at the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards where they took home the ‘International Artist of the Year’ award. They also took home the Artists in Music award for ‘Best Indie Rock Band’ at the 2012 AIM Awards.

After releasing a third EP, Sky & the Dark Night, in 2013, the band teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac and Ozzy Osbourne) alongside acclaimed engineer Mark Needham (The Killers and Imagine Dragons) for their long-awaited debut album Turn the People.

This critically acclaimed debut album has garnered worldwide radio play with its lead single “Ghost Stories” receiving ongoing support from commercial mainstream rock stations here in the US. Turn the People has also enjoyed growing support through US college and tastemaker radio such as Sat Bisla’s Passport Approved radio show.

The Monks came back to the US in 2014 where they completed a 3-month tour supporting Scott Stapp, Saving Able and Sevendust, as well as performing for the radio sponsored Passport Approved Live showcase on an eight date west coast tour.

Also in 2014, the band remixed the song “Pulse” from Turn the People. Naming it “Hide Away (Pulse),” the band released a video for it earlier this year.

Since returning from the US last September, MOM has completed a one-month residency at the Oxford Art Factory, as well as continued touring in Australia. They are now set to perform showcases at the iconic Music Conferences Rock Summit and MUSEXPO to follow with a June residency at the Moonshine Bar in the Steyne Hotel in Manly, Australia. They are also planning a national tour in support of “Never Been Good” and also as a pre-cursor to MOM’s second album release.

If 2015 continues with the momentum brought from 2014, then the Monks of Mellonwah just may end up a household name here in the United States.

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Erik's interest in music began at an early age. In high school, he was the co-host of the underground metal show the Social Mutilation Hour, on 89.5 WAHS, under the name of Neurotik Erik. During this period of his life, he independently promoted shows under the name of Ding Dong Ditch Productions. Erik would rent out local VFW Halls, use space at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus, or simply throw basement parties around the Detroit area. While at college at Ferris State University, he became head of the student run organization, Entertainment Unlimited, and continued to promote shows, but on a larger scale. He also helped start an underground magazine, 'Outpunk', where he interviewed bands and wrote music reviews. Additionally, Erik joined the staff at the Ferris State University Torch and wrote on a larger scale.

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