Monnone Alone Circa 2020
Although the name may suggest otherwise, Monnone Alone are a bona fide pop group based around the sagacious songwriting of Mark Monnone (ex-Lucksmiths bassist) and featuring members of A-grade pop tinkerers Architecture in Helsinki, Mid-State Orange and Aleks & the Ramps. That’s almost as bona fide as it gets.
Misnomered as they may be, this hasn’t stopped Monnone Alone from re-entering the studio to construct album number-two entitled Summer of the Mosquito – a record as bold and beatific, as vivacious and volupt, as wobbly and as warm as the storied history of this solo artist-cum-duo-cum-trio-cum-quad-piece…
Having toured the US and Europe with a rotating line-up on the back of first album 2013’s Together at Last (which was recorded in Brooklyn’s Marlborough Farms studio and featured performances by members of The Ladybug Transistor, The Clean, The Aislers Set, Crystal Stilts and Love is All), Mark Monnone eventually got to work back home solidifying the group’s line-up with some of his favourite local players: Joe Foley on bass, Louis Richter on guitar and Gus Franklin returning to the throne having played drums on (and co-produced) the first album.
This was to be a more sonically-driven line-up with Richter’s 12-string riding high in the mix and Monnone’s growing collection of fuzz pedals finding their place among the glorious racket. All the while, as ever, the pop song wins out and Monnone’s proclivity for a winsome turn-of-phrase and bruised-but-beautiful melody shines on through.
Having spent the last few years caressing their new vibe (one that owes as much to sweaty Aus Rock à la Hoodoo Gurus and Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls as it does to Television Personalities and The Kinks), Monnone Alone have sought out the bright lights of the studio, along with the expertise of producer Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals), and Summer of the Mosquito is now ready to set your ear a-buzz all night!
“One could fit Summer of the Mosquito right next to the best work of Matthew Sweet, Velvet Crush, or Teenage Fanclub and not notice any drop in quality. It’s that good. A batch of songs that punch through the speakers with vigour and imprint their melodies like a tattoo of the sun.” – All Music
“This is where power-pop is meant to hang out, bursting with melody and lightly jangling guitar chords. This record is great. It’s every thing I needed in my life at this very moment.” – Austin Town Hall
“’Cut Knuckle’, a gorgeously catchy jangler filled with 12-string strums and a chorus that seems ready to poke through the sky. The song stands alongside new cuts from The Chills and The Bats as an extension of the Aus/NZ jangle-pop prominence that bubbled over between ’86 and ’90.“ – Raven Sings The Blues
“It is no accident that Monnone, who had a strong hand in some early century summer radio hits, has a sturdy set of melodic chops when fronting his own outfit.” – X-Press Mag
“Listening to this record I’m wondering if this guy was the unheralded genius of The Lucksmiths.” – Dagger Zine
Monnone Aloners past, present, future:
James Ausfahrt, Bongo Ger, Drew Cramer, Neil Erenstrom, Joe Foley, Kyle Forester, Gus Franklin, Brian Girgus, Darren Hanlon, Hotdog, Hotrod, Stephanie Hughes, Matt Jones, Hamish Kilgour, Isobel Knowles, Utrillo Kushner, Charlie Layton, Linton, Ryan McPhun, Lara Meyerratken, Geoffrey O’Connor, Gary Olson, One Happy Island, Connal Parsley, Julian Patterson, Stanley Paulzen, Louis Richter, Bec Rigby, Gabe Saucedo, Lehmann B. Smith, Alicia Vanden Heuvel…
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