Nashville-based, highly energetic and guitar-driven band, MONA, have announced the completion of their second album, Torches & Pitchforks on June 28. The album is due for release on July 23 on Mercury Records. The first single from the record, “Goons (Baby I Need It All)” plays on Frank Sinatra’s famous quote, “Rock n’ Roll smells phony and false. It is sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons.” This quote was made by him during a 1958 Congressional Hearing on the relationship corresponding teenage behavior and rock and roll music. The release of MONA’s new album coincides with their upcoming headline tour, opening July 9 at the Basement in Columbus, OH and ends on July 29 at the Milestone in Charlotte, NC.
Two nights later, MONA will have a six-show tour as support for Silversun Pickups, beginning July 31 and ending on August 8. Their touring concludes with their second annual Nashville homecoming gig at the Basement club, August 10. Their tour dates are listed at the conclusion of this article.
Renowned music and culture magazine, Rolling Stone, signified their new single, “Goons” as “Mona Taunt Frank Sinatra in ‘Goons'”. Check out the single as debuted on Rolling Stone HERE.
Check out the official music video for “Goons (Baby I Need It All)” by clicking the arrow to play on the left side of this article.
Torches & Pitchforks was self-produced by the band at their basement studio, as was their self-titled debut album (released in February 2012). Their upcoming album was mixed by Mark Needham of the Killers, Imagine Dragons, and the 1979. The band released several tracks, including “Listen To Your Love,” and “Lean Into the Fall,” which garnered them a loyal following throughout the U.S. and the UK. The band performed on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to support their debut album, which also marked their television debut. The guys of MONA performed three sold-out weeks of U.S. dates with fellow label-mate, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in March through April of 2012. They have received critical praise from SPIN, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times, among many others.
Check out clips of Mona’s performances at the 2011 SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas. Click HERE and HERE.
Making up Mona are:
Nick Brown- lead vocals, guitar, songwriter
Jordan Young- guitar
Zach Lindsey- bass
Nick Gard- drums
Grab Mona’s new single, “(Goons) Baby I Need It All” on iTunes. Get yours today! Click HERE.
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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Source: Press Release