Hard at work on their sophomore effort, Aussie rockers Monks of Mellonwah release brand new single from their upcoming album.
â€œNever Been Goodâ€ 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, â€œNever Been Goodâ€ 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 â€˜new kids on the blockâ€™ 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 â€œSwamp Groove.â€ Released in 2011, the video received airplay on ABC1â€™s Australian music video program Rage and also won an award at video night at Haroldâ€™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 â€œNeverending Spiritâ€ 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 â€˜International Artist of the Yearâ€™ award. They also took home the Artists in Music award for â€˜Best Indie Rock Bandâ€™ 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 â€œGhost Storiesâ€ 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 Bislaâ€™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 â€œPulseâ€ from Turn the People. Naming it â€œHide Away (Pulse),â€ 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 â€œNever Been Goodâ€ and also as a pre-cursor to MOMâ€™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.