The road for Nashville based throwback rock outfit Mona has been anything but smooth, they’re a band that’s always had to earn everything they have. They’ve seen both sides of the music industry, beginning completely independently booking their own tours and doing grassroots, boots on the ground promoting of the band. Mona’s start came in the early days of online music publications before the hype machine blogs were out there hunting for the “next big thing.” But they quickly the garnered attention after being signed to Island Records and releasing their major label debut self-titled album.
All of Mona’s music is self produced, under the leadership of frontman Nick Brown of whom Mona is the brainchild of. After releasing two albums, a self-titled record and the album ‘Torches & Pitchforks' Mona went quiet for a little bit, while not officially breaking up or even going on a ‘hiatus’ - and even while still playing shows - they put in work on what would eventually become their EP “In The Middle” released in October of this year.
Speaking with Nick of Mona he told me about adding the two newest members of the band, Alex Lindsey, the brother of bassist Zach Lindsey is the newest guitarist, while Justin Wilson, a lifelong friend of the Lindsey brothers took over on drums. Brown joked about being the “outsider in the band” now as he is from Bowling Green, KY and the remainder of the band members are from Ohio. Brown went on to say how “the chemistry in the band has never been better, with two siblings who have plenty of their own inside jokes” and that the newest members are learning new things every day.
The latest product from Mona is the aforementioned “In The Middle EP”, lead by the single of the same name. Brown talked about the single saying it “is the perfect balance between old Mona, and new Mona, bridging the gap between the music they were making before and now.” Brown also joked about wishing he had chosen a different title for the song because of how often the phrase “In The Middle” comes up during the day and the jokes have become more than common.
As far as what’s in the works for Mona in the near future, the group have dates booked into early next year in the UK and Europe. Beyond that, Brown told me that they already have enough material written for a new album and it’s just a matter of time before they’re ready to put it out. While Brown stressed that this does not exactly feel like a re-start for the band, it’s clear that Mona as a band are in a place where the future is bright as it’s ever been for them.
Mona plays Great Scott in Allston, MA with July Talk and The Devil's Twins on July 14th at 9:00pm Tickets are $13 and available HERE