MONA’s rise to prominence was meteoric, with their self-titled debut album making waves across the globe. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Nick Brown, the driving force behind MONA, channeled his passion for music into an electrifying sound that caught the attention of music enthusiasts and critics alike. The band’s name itself, a tribute to Nick’s grandmother, Mona Brown, carries a personal touch that resonates with the soulful essence of their music. Though there has been a revolving cast of band members, Nick has been the true keeper behind the band all these years.
Their debut album, released on May 16, 2011, introduced a fresh blend of rock and roll, infused with raw emotion and rebellious spirit. The album’s singles “Listen to Your Love”, “Trouble on the Way”, “Teenager”, and “Shooting the Moon” showcased MONA’s ability to craft anthemic tracks that resonated deeply with listeners. The album’s success was punctuated by their appearance on BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll and their victory at the MTV Brand New Act awards in the same year.
As the world faced unprecedented challenges, MONA’s resilience and creativity shone brighter than ever. The music industry’s pandemic-induced shutdown forced artists to adapt, and Nick Brown was no exception. Amid these challenges, he tragically lost his mother to cancer, adding another layer of complexity to an already tumultuous time. In the face of adversity, MONA returned with a newfound sense of purpose. Their latest single, “Nothing Is Dead”, showcases Nick Brown’s introspective songwriting and ability to tackle profound themes. The song’s exploration of life’s cycles, ego versus humility, and the ever-present struggle between desire and obsession speak to the human experience in a profound way.
As MONA prepares for more worldwide touring, including a significant role in Candlebox’s farewell tour, fans can expect to be captivated once again by their raw and rebellious post-indie approach to rock music. Make sure you don’t miss any upcoming gig here.