“…one of the most impressive rock groups immersing the world of alternative music.” – Kyle Jarmon, Examiner.com
Monks of Mellonwah (MOM) is a dynamic alternative rock quartet based in Sydney, Australia, who is quickly establishing themselves on the international rock and alternative music scene.
Formed in late 2009 by school friends Vikram Kaushik, Joseph de la Hoyde, Joshua Baissari and John de la Hoyde, MOM represents a collision of musical personalities, creating a timeless fusion of alternative, indie and film-inspired rock, drawing from a diverse range of core musical influences which include Pink Floyd, Muse, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
After releasing a trio of EPs — Stars are Out (2010), Neurogenesis (2012) and Sky & the Dark Night (2013), Monks of Mellonwah teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne) and acclaimed engineer Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) for their long-awaited debut album Turn the People (released March 2014 via Gatcombe Music Pty Ltd.)
Since its release, the album has received critical acclaim, including press reviews and features in The Huffington Post, Guitar World, Music Connection Magazine, Pop Matters, Absolute Punk Technorati, as well as significant radio play in the USA, Australia, UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Russia, Peru, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa on stations such as BBC2, Amazing Radio, HKGFM, XFM, 95 WIIL Rock andKROQ as well as through syndicated shows such as Passport Approved.
Additionally, the band’s 2013 single “Ghost Stories” peaked at #60 on the mainstream rock charts, as well as in the top 20 for Independent releases in the US.
The band have received recognition beyond their Australian borders, winning awards for International Rock Band Of The Year (LA Music Awards 2012) and Best Indie Rock Band (AIM Awards 2012).
Having completed a 3 month tour of the USA in 2014, supporting the likes of Scott Stapp (Creed) and Sevendust, the Monks are returning to the USA in April 2015, to perform showcases at the highly regarded and acclaimed music conferences – The Rock Summit and Musexpo which are both being held in Los Angeles.
The band is currently in the studio, recording the follow-up to Turn The People, to be released mid 2015. The first single from this album, Never Been Good, is being released April 3rd and will be followed in quick succession by a second single, Even When It Burns, which will hit the airwaves late April. The album, produced by Joseph de la Hoyde, has seen the band work with Grammy nominated Mix Engineer Slavic Livins, A&R Worldwide’s Monte Malone and Sat Bisla, as well as Mastering EngineerSteve Hall.