Mona's bombastic sound, which takes its cues from stadium kings like U2 and Kings of Leon, made waves in the U.K. after their 2010 appearance on Later...with Jools Holland, resulting in the Dayton, Ohio-born indie/alt-rockers' first taste of success. Named in honor of frontman Nick Brown's grandmother, the band's rise from D.I.Y. indie upstarts to arena and festival faves began with the release of their acclaimed 2011 eponymous debut, but they really caught fire in 2018 with their triumphant third outing, Soldier On.
Mona had formed several years earlier in Dayton, Ohio, where they played out for three years before moving to Nashville in 2007. Despite receiving attention from several record executives -- including Rick Rubin, who flew the band to L.A. two months into its Nashville residency to play a show at the Roxie -- Mona remained independent. The group eventually partnered with former Suede manager Saul Galpern and began releasing a slow trickle of melodic, anthemic rock songs, relying on the Internet to spread the music while maintaining a relatively low profile. Mona began to gain traction in the U.K. after their Later...with Jools Holland gig, and with their stock on the rise, they went into the studio the following year with Muse and Foo Fighters producer Rich Costey. Their full-length debut arrived later that year, and included the hits "Listen to Your Love" and "Teenager." In 2013, the band returned with its sophomore effort, Torches & Pitchforks, and made their national television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A series of line-up changes preceded the release of 2016's In the Middle EP. In June 2018, the band issued their third studio long-player, Soldier On. ~ Andrew Leahey
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