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Mona
OriginDayton, Ohio, Bowling Green, Kentucky (now based in Nashville, Tennessee), United States
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock
Years active2007–present
LabelsBright Antenna
Zion Noiz Recordings
Island Records
Mercury Records
Websitewww.monatheband.com
MembersNick Brown
Alex Lindsey
Zach Lindsey
Jordan Young
Justin Wilson
Past membersVince Gard

Mona is an American rock band from Dayton, Ohio and Bowling Green, Kentucky who is based in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The band rose to fame appearing as part of the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll; which was revealed on 5 December 2010.[1] The band were also crowned the Brand New for 2011 title at the MTV Awards.[2] Their debut album was released on May 16, 2011 in the UK through Zion Noiz Recordings/Island Records[3] and was released on February 28, 2012 in the US through Zion Noiz Recordings/Mercury Records.

Contents

  • 1 Career
    • 1.1 Early career (2007–2009)
    • 1.2 Mona (2010–present)
      • 1.2.1 European album release (2011)
      • 1.2.2 U.S. album release (2012–present)
    • 1.3 Torches & Pitchforks (2013)
    • 1.4 Adding members (2014-2015)
    • 1.5 In The Middle EP (2016)
  • 2 Discography
    • 2.1 Studio albums
    • 2.2 Singles
    • 2.3 Music videos
  • 3 Band members
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early career (2007–2009)

Mona, consisting of Nick Brown (lead vocals, guitar), Vince Gard (drums, percussion), Zach Lindsey (bass, backing vocals) and Jordan Young (guitar, backing vocals), originated from Dayton, Ohio and Bowling Green, Kentucky respectively, though they are now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Brown revealed the band's name refers to his grandmother, Mona Brown.[4]

In April 2009, Brown was introduced to Saul Galpern, creator of Nude Records by a mutual friend. Soon after their online introduction, Galpern flew to Nashville to meet the band. Having been very impressed by them, Galpern signed a management contract with the band which led to a record deal with Island Records and Mercury Records in September 2010.[5]

Mona (2010–present)

On November 20, 2010, the band appeared on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland, in which they performed the songs "Teenager", "Listen to Your Love" and "Lines In the Sand".[6] On December 6, 2010, it was revealed that Mona had been longlisted on the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll, which predicts artists that will become successful in the year ahead. It was also revealed that month the band had made the longlist of MTV Awards' Brand New for 2011. On February 3, 2011, it was announced Mona had won the title.[2]

The band released their debut single "Listen to Your Love" in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2010 through their own independent record label Zion Noiz Recordings.[7] Second single "Trouble On the Way" was then released through Zion Noiz Recordings/Island Records on December 13, 2010.[8] Mona released their third single "Teenager" on February 7, 2011.[9] Their fourth and final UK single, "Shooting the Moon", was released on July 31, 2011.[10]

In February 2011 Mona announced the release date of their self-titled debut album which was self-produced by Nick in their basement in Nashville and mixed by producer Rich Costey (Foo Fighters, Muse, Arctic Monkeys).

European album release (2011)

The official album artwork was released on March 21, 2011.[11]

Mona was released in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2011. They also released the "Listen to Your Love - EP" the same day. Following the album's release the band embarked on a world-spanning tour which saw them play most of the world's largest and most prestigious festivals; including Glastonbury Festival and Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, Summer Sonic Festival in Japan and Splendour in the Grass in Australia. As well as touring the festival circuit they supported fellow Nashville band Kings of Leon on selected dates of their summer tour, including shows at Slane Concert near Slane, County Meath, Ireland on May 28, 2011 and Hyde Park, London on June 22, 2011.

They also headlined their own tour of the United Kingdom and Europe in the summer and early fall of 2011 culminating in a sold out show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

U.S. album release (2012–present)

Mona released their debut album in the United States on February 28, 2012. On that day they made their national television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno performing "Lean Into The Fall", they also appeared on the Conan show on March 2, 2012, playing lead US single "Lean Into The Fall".

Torches & Pitchforks (2013)

On 12 June 2013 Mona announced that they would release their second album, Torches & Pitchforks, on Mercury Records July 23. The band also announced new tour dates, starting in Columbus, OH on July 7.[12]

Adding members (2014-2015)

Following the band tour promoting Torches & Pitchforks along 2013/2014, the band called Pierce Alexander Lindsey (Zach Lindsey's brother) to replace Vince Gard on drums since MONA's gig at New Year's Eve at Tidballs, Bowling Green, Kentucky. In April 2015, MONA moved Pierce Alexander Lindsey to a third guitar and added a new drummer, Justin Wilson.

In The Middle EP (2016)

On September 23, 2016, Mona announced that they would release their new EP 'In The Middle' on October 28, on Bright Antenna Records. This will be the first release from the band in 3 years. The band also announced a string of fall tour dates with labelmates The Wombats, followed by a late fall run with July Talk kicking off on Nov 3 2016.

Band members

Current members
  • Nick Brown – lead vocals, guitar, piano (2007–present)
  • Zach Lindsey – bass guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Jordan Young – guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Alex Lindsey - guitar (2014–present)
  • Justin Wilson - drums (2015–present)

References

  1. ^ a b [1] Archived January 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c [2] Archived January 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Mona (Limited Edition Digipack) by Mona: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  4. ^ "NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Crazedhits.com". Crazedhits.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  6. ^ "BBC Two - Later... with Jools Holland, Series 37 Live, Episode 10". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Listen To Your Love: Mona: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  8. ^ "Trouble On The Way (Original Mix): Mona: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  9. ^ "NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  10. ^ "Shooting The Moon: Mona: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  11. ^ "Mona: Album Art Revealed, New Video". MusicUnderFire. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  12. ^ "Monatheband.Com". Monatheband.Com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  13. ^ "MONA | Artist". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  14. ^ "Mona - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Mona's BBC Sound of 2011 page at BBC Online
  • Interview with manager Saul Galpern, HitQuarters, Oct 2011
  • Interview with Nick, Jordan, Zach, & Vince
   

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