Feature: Music Monday

The Monks of Mellonwah: Coming to Your City!

Author: Kate Derringer Barclay
Published: November 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Australian alternative rock group Monks of Mellonwah have announced that they will be traveling to the U.S.A for a 2nd time to perform at the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards, (where the band has received 3 award nominations including 'Best International Artist'), tour the California and New York regions, and 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 consists of: Vikram Kaushik (vocals), Joe de la Hoyde (backing vocals/guitar), John de la Hoyde (bass), and Josh Baissari (drums). Vikran Kaushik recently took over the lead vocals from Bill Maher, former lead singer and possibly the best looking man on the planet. However, the Monks of Mellonwah definitely haven't lost their touch!

While their music has changed a lot since they first burst onto the indie music scene in 2010, the Monks of Mellonwah seem to be doing one thing most bands fail to do: improving upon their music through experimentation. With the 2010 "Stars are Out" EP having more undertones of the Blues, 2012's "Neurogenesis" definitely saw a darker departure into a more mysterious, serious alternative rock sound. So, what will 2013's album bring?

According to the "Strider" track on their Soundcloud page and the preview of some of their new work that was released on Facebook, I would say it will be much more edgy. I would predict that it would venture into more of a hard rock song- a cry from the dark and somewhat mysterious "Neurogenesis" and the youthful, light Blues sound of "The Stars are Out". Since the "Strider" track on their Soundcloud page is only instrumental, I can't tell much about how Vikram Kaushik's voice will effect the music. However, I'm sure the Monks of Mellonwah will continue to blow their audiences away one crowd at a time.

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Article Author: Kate Derringer Barclay

Kate Derringer Barclay is the pseudonym of a freelance writer and blogger. For as long as she can remember, she has loved to write! She is a student who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with her chinchilla, guinea pig, and rat. …

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