For a band who only formed four years ago, Monks Of Mellonwah have an impressive number of accolades under their belt. Voted ‘Best Indie Rock Band’ at the 2012 Artists In Music Awards and ‘International Rock Artist Of The Year’ at the 22nd Annual LA Music Awards the same year, they’ve proven even before releasing their first full-length record that they very much mean business.
That debut album, Turn The People, is due for release in March of this year and is actually composed of three separate EPs released over a period of months. Grammy-winning producer and sound engineer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, Grateful Dead) is at the helm, occasionally even assisting lead singer Vikram Kaushik on the songwriting front, helping to hone and perfect his already taut and classy progressive indie-rock tunes.
The Monks’ sound has that magic quality that makes it a serious contender for widespread commercial success - there’s just enough about it that’s familiar, and just enough about it that’s distinctive and original, to make it ripe for global consumption. Fans of Muse and the Chili Peppers will have plenty to get excited about here, but make no mistake about it - the Monks Of Mellonwah have crafted their very own brand of cinematic, melancholy alt-rock, and it’s poised to catapult them to international acclaim.
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