The Monks of Mellonwah from the land down under is beginning to stake their claim to audiences in the US. The Monks formed in 2009 and are another in a long line of sibling indie bands. Brothers John and Joseph de la Hoyde form the nucleus of the band and have just released a new single from their forthcoming album, the follow up to 2014’s “Turn the People”. The band toured extensively during 2014 supporting the album and rode the wave of accolades such as being named International Rock Band Of The Year at the LA Music Awards in 2012 and Best Indie Rock Band at the AIM Awards, also in 2012. They were invited to perform at The Rock Summit and Musexpo both in April of this year and wowed audiences at both shows.
The new song ‘Never Been Good’ is a delicate fusion of classic rock, 80’s indie pop with elements of electronica in the mix. It’s no accident that they have been mentioned in articles and reviews in The Huffington Post, Guitar World, Music Connection Magazine, Pop Matters, Absolute Punk Technorati among others. They have been singled out in one report as being “…one of the most impressive rock groups emerging from the world of alternative music.” The band is taking no chances with this their second full length album. They have enlisted the services of producer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne) and acclaimed engineer Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) to craft a record that builds on their impressive resume to date and should catapult them to the next rung up the ladder.
The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touched on the record which should be released later this year and I would expect them to be touring the US again soon to support the release. I have heard a number of the newer bands coming out of Australia and dare I say that Sydney is fast becoming “the” new spot for emerging bands and The Monks of Mellonwah are certainly helping to bolster the claim.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.