Released album "Mona": 13.05.2011
There are things that you can not learn in 100 years. Rockstar for example. Either you have a sense of mission and Aura - or not. Nick Brown of Mona is a born rock star, that's for sure. The guitarist and singer looks like the young Joe Strummer, has a soft spot for bar fights, wearing sunglasses in closed rooms with saucer large glasses and says phrases like this one: "feelings of insecurity and fear are completely alien to me. In all my life I was not even a single time nervous, I do not know how that is. "
No question: Brown has the makings of a preacher. One type, which is known that it can electrify crowds, even before one has seen him for the first time on stage. The most important thing is that his band Mona also has the corresponding songs in stock. The appearing on May 13 album debut of the band, "Mona", contains so many potential hits that could be coupled out, in principle, the complete disc sequentially.
Accordingly euphoric are the reactions: In record time Mona ended up with only two in the UK published a preliminary singles and the ordinary Internet Fame on the longlist of the BBC for "Sounds of 2011", the most important trend barometer for the industry. In addition, they won an MTV Award for "Brand New For 2011". Hear those first tracks, you have to say: The colleagues are correct in this assessment. "Listen To Your Love", "Trouble On The Way" and "teenager" are pieces of weltumarmender correct size and brilliance, as you can write a few people.
Initially indicated not much attention to the future career of the little Nick Brown and his colleagues as Hitkomponisten. Born in Dayton, Ohio, grew Brown and drummer Vince Guard on in a strictly religious, provincial environment. got to know each both in the musical group of the Local Church. "I was looking for a drummer," Nick recalls. "Getting Personal we understood not as good at the beginning, at first it was all about the music. Real friends, we were only later. "
Similarities there was enough: The families of the two musicians are still active members of the Pentecostal-charismatic church of Dayton, according to religious Vince and Nick were educated. A biography, but neither of them as traumatic feels. On the contrary: In the Church as family Nick and Vince played music from childhood and so acquired the foundation of what they implement today with Mona. "The music in the church was the best school for us - a true rock'n'roll boot camp, although secular music has played no major role," Nick recalls.
So Nick learned not only to sing and play various instruments, but also the one or other primary virtue: "The Church has taught me people skills and humility. Music has a lot to do with faith. The belief in their own abilities and dreams namely. "Incidentally, the parents of the musicians rather than horrified about the future life of their charges in the alleged iniquity Rock'n'Roll, but on the contrary very proud.
And because his family and the history associated with it is very important for Nick Brown, he named his band unceremoniously by his late grandmother, the church musician Mona Brown. "She was a great woman," says Nick, and reveals a little secret: "I almost the band Roscoe, named after the name of my late grandfather. He was a pastor, his nickname was Brownie. A great guy, the all have respected and revered. "
Already in Dayton experiment Vince and Nick with various occupations and work on their musical vision. Really ride take Mona but only on when Nick Brown whose singer Caleb Followill met after a Kings Of Leon concert. Followill is excited about the demos of the young musician and invites him to come to Nashville to ask where his company in a more professional feet.
An encounter, from the results in a large band-friendship. To date, Nick Brown spends almost his entire time with Jared Followill. "The Kings Of Leon have helped us in the beginning," he recalls. "It's great to meet people who have a lifestyle-like and similar dreams like you." The fact that the parallels between the two bands extend over friendship and musical aspects, mindful explained of the like religious socialization of itself.
Now Nashville has indeed developed in recent years into a prosperous center of American indie rock. Mona, however, and should definitely be mentioned at this point, a band with an exceedingly strong own vision. The helping hand of Kings Of Leon was initially certainly important. As an adjunct of famous friends but Mona may be thought not. Generally Nick Brown is a man, the scenes and the associated codes are suspect: "We were in Nashville before Jack White or the Black Keys have come," he says. "Many come indeed only here because the now is considered a particularly cool."
Having tried for a long time all sorts of musicians, to the beginning of 2010 manifested the current Mona Cast: First bassist Zach Lindsey joined the band. As Nick and Vince comes also Zach from the province, from Bowling Green, Kentucky namely, where he has also been brought up strictly religious. the line-up was completed finally with Zach's old boyhood friend Jordan Young (guitar).
After Mona had long been a band in the waiting position, it could go at last: "For years we have composed, working on our music and endless occupations tried" Nick recalls. "I had from the beginning very specific ideas about how everything should work, so we never had any particular hurry. We waited for the right cast, a fitting to us recording company, the right management, a good publisher - and after we had collected all this, we were able to accelerate ".
The final mix of the album gave Mona but then in the hands of veteran professionals. Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Nine Inch Nails) gave the plate a mighty thump and the necessary pages Hall spaces that need the Mona music to breathe. To succeed one of the most remarkable debut albums of recent years. A plate that sometimes recalls the friends of the Kings Of Leon or the early U2: A similar idea of correct size and room, Extremely universal response and especially a knack for powerful melodies characterize songs like "Cloak Dagger "or" Lines In The Sand ".
Combined, this approach is at Mona with a certain Shoegazer moment, as we know it by British bands such as Glasvegas, and a designated and clearly audible preference for Rock'n'Roll of the 50s. FOr the music of that decade, then, in the refrigerators were as big as houses, cars and cruise ships resembled America's front yards were clean. Smooching, ice cream, drive-in movie - a sunken era whose aesthetics Mona resurrect on their debut. "We appreciate the golden American era," says Nick. I especially hear the second single Listen To Your Love ", whose melody of Roy-Orbison-like grandeur is - according to Nick Brown optimal entry fOr Mona newbies.
If you ask the singer to his other influences, so it is less concrete musical examples have influenced but rather the attitude and attitude of certain bands and movies. "Seeing how the types in Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs go 'in identical suits across the street! Or the early Beatles, which fascinated me, I wanted to have. U2, for example, were initially total punks. It has considered them, that they wanted to conquer the world - together, as a group of friends. So what you can actually achieve only as a band, not in sport or anywhere else. "
It's the old story that we want to hear and read again: The band as a uniform transition inseparable friends who conquered together with great music the world. As this concept increasingly rare find adequate representatives, we need bands like Mona now more than ever. And because Mona not only as a transitional occur, but actually close friends are, is also imbued their music from this narrow sense of community. Creative mind and accepted by all the mouthpiece of the band, however, is without a doubt Nick Brown. It defines the design of artwork and videos, so the entire appearance of the band. And of course he also writes all the lyrics, "I'm a can of those guys who sit for hours at the airport and watching others. And these observations I exchanger then on my songs. "
As befits this kind of music, most of the songs of Mona are not three minutes. this is good, the right length for a perfect rock song. Because beyond all other considerations and considerations Mona are above all: An outstanding rock and roll band with a uniquely talented singer and a surprisingly mature and deep popular debut. "The album will be released in May," said Nick. "Then we piss us overnight to Mexico and spend the rest of our days on the beach. Before we play, however, a tour, we call it, the end of the world tour '. "
Although one should perhaps not taken seriously this sentence: Listen Mona here and now, you will not regret it.
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