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Submitted by Johan Wippsson on 2013-06-27

Nashville-based, high-octane, guitar-driven band MONA has completed its second album, titled TORCHES & PITCHFORKS, scheduled for July 23rd release on Mercury Records.  The first advance single, "Goons (Baby I Need it All)" paraphrases Frank Sinatra's infamous quote, "Rock n' Roll smells phony and false.  It is sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons," which he proclaimed during a 1958 Congressional Hearing on the correlation between teenage behavior and rock and roll music.

The release of TORCHES & PITCHFORKS coincides with Mona's next headline tour, opening July 9th at the Basement in Columbus, OH, and moving through July 29th at the Milestone in Charlotte, NC.  Two nights later, Mona begins a six-show swing in support of Silversun Pickups, July 31st through August 8th.  Mona's itinerary concludes with their second annual Nashville homecoming gig at the Basement club, August 10th.  (Please see tour dates below.)

"Mona Taunt Frank Sinatra in 'Goons' - New clip shows Nashville band delighting in rock debauchery," declared today, as the site premiered the VEVO basement video at  "Now you can get a taste of the band's ragged rock jams with the new video for 'Goons,' wrote Jon Blistein.  "Mona proceed to shove Ol' Blue Eyes' words in his face with a raucous, joyous basement performance of their aptly titled howl-along cut."  Fans can also hear the "Goons" single at:

TORCHES & PITCHFORKS was self-produced by the band at their basement studio in Nashville, and was mixed by Mark Needham (whose credits include the Killers, Imagine Dragons, and the 1979).  The new album follows up Mona's self-titled debut, MONA, on Mercury (which was also self-produced in their basement), released February 2012.  The debut turned out several single tracks in the U.S. and UK, among them "Listen To Your Love," "Lean Into the Fall," and "Trouble On the Way."

Mona supported their debut album release with a performance of "Lean Into the Fall" on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the band's U.S. television debut.  The show came during their first headlining North American tour as a Mercury records group.  Mona followed up with three sold-out weeks of U.S. dates with fellow Mercury artist Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in March-April, which concluded at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California.

The roots of Mona - Nick Brown (lead vocals, guitar, chief songwriter), Jordan Young (guitar), Zach Lindsey (bass), and Vince Gard (drums) - are in Midwestern Dayton, Ohio, where Nick and Vince got their first taste of the stage at a Pentecostal church that banned secular music.  Relocating to Nashville, they hooked up with Kentucky natives Zach and Jordan, and soon began writing and recording in the garage of their Nashville home.

After winning the MTV/UK VMA as Brand New For 2011, Mona impressed UK rock audiences when they traveled there in the spring to support the release of "Listen To Your Love."  Clips of Mona's 2011 SXSW Music Conference showcase in Austin, Texas, may be viewed at: and   Their summer festival schedule included Summer Sonic in Japan, and UK heavyweight destinations Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds.  Road-testing new material from their [then] upcoming debut album, Mona earned early praise from the New York Times, Spin and Rolling Stone, among others.  They were also nominated on the BBC's influential Sound Of 2011 poll.

Mona's style is a nod to Elvis Presley's swagger, Johnny Cash's grit, and James Dean's cool, but it's impossible to deny their unbridled talent and ability to write stadium bound rock songs.  "At the end of the day, we're just four dudes making some noise in a garage and just having fun."

Get Mona's new single Goons (Baby I Need it All)" on iTunes now!


Date              City                             Venue                    

July      9          Columbus, OH            The Basement

            10        Bowling Green, KY    Tidball's

            13        Louisville, KY            Forecastle Festival

            15        Cincinnati, OH            MOTR Pub

            16        Chicago, IL                 Subterranean

            18        Milwaukee, WI           Shank Hall

            19        Detroit, MI                  Magic Stick Lounge

            20        Buffalo, NY                The Waiting Room

            22        Boston, MA                Brighton Music Hall

            24        Philadelphia, PA         Ortleib's

            25        New York, NY           Studio at Webster Hall

            27        Washington, DC         DC9

            28        Myrtle Beach, SC       House of Blues Deck

            29        Charlotte, NC             Milestone

            31        # Memphis, TN           Minglewood Hall

Aug.    1          # Greenville, SC          The Handlebar

            2          # Raleigh, NC             Red Hat Amphitheatre

            5          # Port Chester, NY     The Capitol Theatre

            7          # Huntington, WV      The Paramount

            8          # Cleveland, OH         Agora Theatre

            10        # Nashville, TN           Basement

# indicates opening for Silversun Pickups.


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