Archive for September, 2010

Introducing: Mona

We’ve been put on to Mona, a new-ish band from Nashville in the last week or so, and can’t stop listening to their current hard-hitting single Listen To Your Love.

Comparisons to Kings Of Leon and The Features are inevitable, given geography, a penchant for impassioned rock ‘n’ roll and a vocal delivery not entirely dissimilar to Caleb Followill’s – however it’d be unfair to dismiss them as mere coat-tail riders. There’s a power and passion in this track reminiscent of early Springsteen, and let’s face it, it’s been a long while since KoL churned out anything which could be described as such. In any case, there’s always going to be room for new music with hooks as convincing and well executed at this – the chorus here, while pretty obvious in a U2 kind of way, seems designed for late evening festival slots and campfire sing-alongs of the future.

The band are over in the UK this week to play a handful of introductory shows, including an appearance at The Flowerpot in Kentish Town this Wednesday night. They’ve just put pen to paper with Island Records too, which should mean some heavy exposure for them in the next six months or so. If this means there’ll be some meaningful, heart-on-sleeve rock music back in the charts, we say bring it on.

listen to your love -MONA by MONA-

Half a dozen wolves

So we’re really into Let’s Buy Happiness at the moment, and it seems the rest of the music press share this sentiment. Forget your Being A Dickhead’s Cool affiliated synth pop – it appears shoegazey, ethereal MBV / Cocteau Twins style songwriting is back in.

After playing their debut London show for us at The Windmill a couple of Fridays back (17 September) to a substantial crowd, they’ve gone on to – in the space of about a week – pick up plaudits from The Guardian, Record Of The Day and BBC 6Music, where their forthcoming single Six Wolves was made “Record Of The Week” last week. It’s all hotting up for the amiable Geordie quintet, who we feel will soon join the list of LFC alumni who go on to heady things (see The Wombats, Mumford & Sons, Micachu, Anna Calvi, We Have Band and Dansette Junior before them).

This is the track that’s causing all the fuss. It gets a general release on Monday 18 October – copies are limited and can be reserved through the band’s website. The video was directed by their lead singer Sarah Hall, the same person behind the rather charming artwork – showing everyone the DIY spirit in independent music is still very much alive and well…

Lets Buy Happiness – Six Wolves from Corona Films on Vimeo.

Past LFC performance