The Monks of Mellonwah are a four-piece Alternative Rock band based in Sydney. Strongly influenced by rock artists including but not limited to Led Zeppelin, Muse, Pink Floyd and the Chili Peppers, the Monks? music displays a masterful yet unique blend of intense space, driving riffs and sharp metaphors. Their first EP, Stars Are Out, is a testament to such a unique blend, and has been highly praised since its release in 2010.
“Stars Are Out” found the Monks receiving significant radio play across Australia on community radio. The band released their first music video ‘Swamp Groove’ in April 2011 and enjoyed airplay on ABC’s music program RAGE. Swamp Groove also claimed first prize at a music video night at Harold’s Shorts short film festival, receiving great reviews and the award from legendary music historian and personality Glenn A Baker.
The Monks released their second EP “Neurogenesis” in May, 2012, along with a new video for “Neverending Spirit”, to an overwhelming response. In addition to international and national radio play, College Radio in the US and Canada, “Neurogenesis” received hundreds of reviews and features worldwide, including MTV, Big Takeover Magazine, CMJ, Kings of A&R, Noise 11 and Tonedeaf. The media attention earned them licensing spots through a number of production companies in the US including Discovery networks and Bunim Murray for use in their TV show productions. “Neverending Spirit” has since been synced to MTV show `The Real World St. Thomas Ep.9′ which aired on August 22, 2012. The video to “Neverending Spirit” also received 31 high profile adds in the US including MTV Networks, and the College Music Journal (CMJ) featured the track on their MixTape for May along with a feature of the band in their magazine.
With their debut album in production, the Monks are building their audience by touring domestically in Australia as well as making preparations to tour the USA in November/December 2012 and again in February/March 2013 to support their album release.
Australian alternative rock group Monks of Mellonwah have recently travelled to the U.S.A for a 2nd time to perform at the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards, (where the band received 3 award nominations including ‘Best International Artist’), tour the California and New York regions, including a show at the iconic Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles and the Mercury Lounge in New York City. The Monks will also record some new tracks that will feature in their up and coming debut album.
The Monks have had a whirlwind of a year since their “Best Indie Rock Band” win at the 2012 Artists in Music Awards earlier in 2012 and the Summer release of their new EP “Neurogenesis”, which received very positive reviews. The music video for “Neverending Spirit” landed the
Monks airplay on the MTV network and a heightened popularity worldwide.
The band recently completed an Australian national tour and are excited to be heading to the U.S.A for a more in-depth visit. “We are so pumped to be returning to the US and playing at the LA Music Awards. Being able to tag a tour and some recording on the back of the awards show is just fantastic and a dream come true.” Explains Monks lead guitarist Joe de la Hoyde.
The new full-length album will find them working with famed producer Keith Olsen for 3 tracks, and self-producing the rest. The album is due for release in early 2013. Monks of Mellonwah tour dates are below (dates subject to change.
Visit www.monksofmellonwah.com for updated dates:
Nov 25 @ Whiskey a Go Go, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 29 @ Garage Inc, San Bernardino, CA
Nov 30 @ TRIP, Santa Monica, CA
Dec 01 @ Jose’s Underground, Monterey, CA
Dec 02 @ Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA
Dec 03 @ Old Ironsides, Sacramento, CA
Dec 06 @ LIT Lounge, New York, NY
Dec 07 @ The Room, Brookfield, CT
Dec 08 @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, NY
Dec 09 @ TBA
Dec 10 @ Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Dec 11 @ TBA