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22 Aug

RCA Records has announced the upcoming release of EP1, the debut EP from Smoke & Jackal. The six-track collection arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on October 16.

EP1 marks the first collaboration between Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) and Nick Brown (Mona). Smoke & Jackal were revealed to the universe earlier today as BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe debuted the EP’s electrifying first single, “No Tell,” officially declaring it to be the “Hottest Record in the World.” A companion video clip for “No Tell” is currently in post-production, with a premiere date to be announced soon. “No Tell,” will be available via iTunes and all digital providers on August 28. Take a listen to it below:

Followill and Brown began recording as Smoke & Jackal earlier this year, fueled by multiple bottles of red wine and a shared fascination with timbre, rhythm, and aural adventure. They set to work at Brown’s Nashville home studio and before the first evening was through, the duo had crafted both “No Tell” and the stunning psychedelic slow jam, “Fall Around.” The two musicians immediately understood they had created something special, an evocative and original melding of oceanic rock with bottomless grooves and hypnotic dub textures. Just over one week later, EP1 was complete. Defined by Followill’s liquid bass lines and Brown’s soaring and expressive vocals, songs like “Road Side” and the closing “Safe Face” are both ingenious and accessible, their surprising soundscapes counterpointed by indelible melodies and haunting hooks. Smoke & Jackal’s EP1 is the sound of two talented friends allowing their music to freely go places no one could have anticipated.

“It was all about tone and vibe and what felt right in that moment,” Brown says. “Not second guessing, just having fun in that moment.”

“Coming together just worked,” says Followill. “I think it’s because we took such an easy approach to it, we didn’t bring any egos to it. We just talked about each other’s ideas, neither one of us got our feelings hurt. It just worked.”

EP1 was produced by Smoke & Jackal, and engineered by Nick Brown. All songs were written by Smoke & Jackal.

Release Date: October 16, 2012

Fall Around
No Tell
You’re Lost
Road Side
Save Face

Smoke & Jackal is Jared Followill & Nick Brown
All Songs Written by Smoke & Jackal
Recorded at Zionnoiz Studios in Nashville, TN
Produced by Smoke & Jackal
Engineered by Nick Brown
Mixed by Nick Brown with Jared Followill

02 Mar

Mona performed “Lean Into The Fall” on Conan.

Watch the video below and pick up their newly released self-titled album on iTunes.

29 Feb

Mona performed “Lean Into The Fall” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video below and pick up their newly released self-titled album on iTunes.

28 Feb

By Michel Dussack

It seems that everywhere these days, people constantly have to remind us that rock is not dead in 2012 – that it is alive and well thank you very much, and no place was this truer on February 21st than at New York City’s Mercury Lounge. Rarely do I walk away from a concert impressed by all the openers; however this night was an exception.

First up were Philly’s Cold Fronts who played a thirty minute set of straight up garage rock. They were impressive, and from their website they pride themselves on playing loud instruments and not fitting in with today’s generation of dubstep and loops. The crowd seemed into them, especially during a couple of covers they performed.

Next were CHAPPO who play an “an electric blend of psychedelic pop that carries a natural warmth and carefree, youthful reminiscence”. Their music is accompanied by feathered costumes and headdresses, sequins and lots of confetti. Having being totally unfamiliar with their music (despite them having a song in a iPod touch commercial), I left impressed by their set and look forward to hearing a lot more from these guys.

New York’s own The Rassle followed and were the first band I was familiar with. Their set was, like Cold Fronts before them, very straight forward rock, and it’s easy to see why they’ve been tapped to share the stage with numerous famous artists. Them being in the direct support slot was the perfect warm-up for the madness that would ensure during Mona’s set.

While the crowd was spacious and relaxed during the openers sets, as soon as The Rassle began to pack up their gear, the crowd surged forward and crowded the stage in eager anticipation for Mona. The band and their blend of southern rock have developed a massive following in the UK, and America finally seems to be catching on to just how good they are. Their 50 minute set encompassed numerous songs, with every song crafted in such a way that each could very well be a radio single. At one point, vocalist and guitarist Nick Brown gave a speech about not trusting anything that blows up too quickly, but noted that their seemed to be a lot more people at Mercury Lounge this time than the last time they played. “Rooms like this are where rock and roll is born, and from the bottom of our hearts we truly thank you for coming out tonight” he noted.

Standouts from the night included “Teenager”, “Lines in the Sand”, “Listen to Your Love” and “Shooting The Moon”. Nearly every song was sung along loudly by the audience in the front, quite an accomplishment considering the bands LP isn’t even out stateside. A song called “I Seen” which will be on the US version of their self-titled album was written as a tribute to Johnny Cash was played with an extreme passion despite Nick looking under the weather to say the least. When the band did leave the stage after playing their first single “Lean Into The Fall”, no one was ready to get let them leave with coming back for at least one more song, and after an rather lengthy break the band did return. Nick explained that there were a few people in the crowd that came from Europe for the U.S. tour (I told you they were big there) and that they requested this next song. What came next – a blistering cover a The Cranberries’ “Zombie” was initially a shock to people who’ve never seen them before, but had everyone head banging along with them after a few seconds. After an invitation to hang out at the bar with the band and Nick noting that he wanted to get to know everyone (despite saying he probably wouldn’t remember anything from that night), the band disappeared again, but not without proving that indeed, rock and roll is still very alive.

Mona’s “Shooting the Moon” is iTunes Free Single of the Week. It’s off of their newly released debut album. Buy it here




24 Jan

Mona will play their very first headline tour of the US & Canada in celebration of their long-awaited eponymous debut album.

The album, ‘Mona’, will finally released in the States on February 28. The US version will include exclusive new tracks ‘I Seen’ and ‘The Tally’ mixed by Rich Costey and re-designed artwork. Get a taste of the record right now – Watch ‘Lean Into The Fall’ on Vevo (or below).


Thu 02/16/12 – Atlanta, Masquerade
Sat 02/18/12 – Washington, DC, Rock and Roll Hotel
Sun 02/19/12 – Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda’s
Tue 02/21/12 – New York, Mercury Lounge
Thu 02/23/12 – Boston, Brighton Music Hall
Fri 02/24/12 – Montreal, Club Lambi
Sat 02/25/12 – Toronto, Mod Club
Mon 02/27/12 – Detroit, Magic Stick Lounge
Tue 02/28/12 – Indianapolis, Radio Radio
Wed 02/29/12 – Chicago, Subterranean
Fri 03/2/12 – Nashville, The Basement

29 Nov

High-octane, guitar-driven band MONA, who won this year’s MTV VMA as Brand New For 2011 – after also being nominated on the BBC’s influential Sound Of 2011 poll – has set February 21, 2012, as the release date in the U.S. for their long-awaited self-titled debut album on their own Zion Noiz label, through Mercury Records, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group. The 11-song album was produced by the band’s Nick Brown and mixed by Rich Costey (credits: Muse, Interpol, Audioslave).

“Lean Into the Fall,” the newest single from MONA, was blasted to Alternative Rock, Alternative Specialty and Active Rock radio formats. The song follows up MONA’s previous U.S. single “Listen To Your Love,” which can be heard on the band’s website, (along with video and other tracks off the album).

Nashville-based MONA is currently on tour with Airborne Toxic Event through the end of November, following two weeks of co-headlining dates with the Funeral Party. (Please see tour dates below.) This comes on the heels of a busy summer festival schedule, including Summer Sonic in Japan, and UK heavyweight destinations Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds.

Earlier in the spring, MONA showcased at the SXSW (South By Southwest) Music Conference in Austin, Texas, clips of which were shown on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. Check out those performances here and here.

Dubbed “the breakthrough rock act we’ve been wishing, hoping and praying for” by the Huffington Post, MONA made quite an impression on UK rock audiences when they traveled there in the spring to support the UK release of their debut single, “Listen To Your Love.” They returned to the U.S. and began road-testing new material from the album, earning early praise from the New York Times, Spin and Rolling Stone, among others.

MONA – Nick Brown (lead vocals, guitar, chief songwriter), Jordan Young (guitar), Zach Lindsey (bass), and Vince Gard (drums) – have their roots in midwestern Dayton, Ohio, where Nick and Vince got their first taste of the stage at a Pentecostal church that banned secular music. Relocating to Nashville, they hooked up with Kentucky natives Zach and Jordan, and soon began writing and recording in the basement of their Nashville home.

While MONA’s style is a nod to Elvis Presley’s swagger, Johnny Cash’s grit, and James Dean’s cool, it’s also impossible to deny their unbridled talent and ability to write stadium bound rock songs. It’s evident that MONA is bound for greatness, but they don’t forget what drives them, “at the end of the day, we’re just four dudes making some noise in a garage and just having fun.”

MONA “Lean Into The Fall”

18 Aug

MONA will be hitting the road this fall in support of their upcoming debut album release (ZionNoiz, Mercury). Recently dubbed the “breakthrough rock act we’ve been wishing, hoping and praying for” by the Huffington Post, the Nashville band will be performing with Funeral Party as well as opening for The Airborne Toxic Event on select dates. After kicking off at Austin City Limits Festival they will be making stops in cities across the country including performances at Atlanta’s Music Midtown, LA’s Roxy Theatre and a return to New York City for a show at Terminal 5. Tickets for dates with Funeral Party on sale now!

MONA made a splash in the UK with their first-ever single “Listen to Your Love” and have received an outpouring of praise from the likes of The New York Times, Spin and Rolling Stone. Their self-titled EP is available now on iTunes and Amazon. The band was voted MTV UK’s Brand New in 2011, included in the BBC Sounds of 2011 poll and made their US TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly – check out their performance HERE.

WATCH the official video for “Listen to Your Love” HERE

Fall Tour Dates In Full:
* co-headlining with The Funeral Party
^ opening for The Airborne Toxic Event

9/18- Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
9/23- Huntsville, AL @ Big Spring Jam
9/24- Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
10/2- San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
10/4- West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre *
10/5- San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill *
10/8- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
10/9- Seattle, WA @ The Tractor *
11/9- Chicago, IL @ The Riv ^
11/10- Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave ^
11/11- Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont ^
11/12- Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue ^
11/13- Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall ^
11/15- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix ^
11/18- New York, NY @ Terminal 5 ^
11/19- Boston, MA @ Orpheum ^
11/20- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory ^
11/22- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
11/23- Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore ^
11/29- Tampa, FL @ Ritz ^
11/30- Orlando, FL @ Beacham ^

19 Jul

Today marks the U.S. release of the new Mona EP. Loaded with four Mona classics, the EP is sure to make fans happy and get them excited for the band’s full length due out later this year.

1. Listen To Your Love
2. Teenager
3. Lines In The Sand
4. Trouble On The Way

You can download the Mona EP from iTunes or Amazon right now.

Official Page:



12 Jul

Nashville rockers MONA will host a live acoustic performance and chat with fans on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT. The band will visit the Livestream Studio to play new songs and fan favorites, while answering questions live via Facebook and Twitter. Fans are invited to tune in ans submit questions at You can also watch the whole thing below.

MONA will also be performing tomorrow night at the Studio At Webster Hall in New York City. Tickets are available here

Watch live streaming video from monatheband at
24 May

Nashville 4-piece Mona made quite a mark on the UK when they travelled across the pond and released their first-ever single “Listen to Your Love” on their label, Zion Noiz, which sold at Rough Trade. A few short weeks later the band snagged a US record deal on Mercury Records and have just announced that their self-titled debut full-length will be released on September 6, 2011. The 11-song collection is a high octane, guitar-driven, melodic adventure which will feature two exclusive tracks and star Nick Brown, the band’s resplendent front man and chief songwriter. The album was produced by Brown and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol, Audioslave).

In the winter of 2011, the band came stateside to perform their new material for the first time and were greeted with an outpouring of praise from the likes of The New York Times, Spin and Rolling Stone. The buzz surrounding Mona in the US quickly solidified into utter fact. In March, they performed electrifying sets at SXSW and made their US television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly with only one single to their name. The song, “Listen To Your Love” was released on February 15th on iTunes.

Named after the lead singer’s grandmother, Mona’s music is best understood when you take a look at their upbringing. Nick (lead vocals, guitar) is the visionary behind Mona and is all heart, personality and brawn. He and Vince Gard (drums) learned how to play their instruments and got their first taste of the stage at a Pentecostal church in Dayton, OH where non religious music was banned. The pair set out to Nashville to find musicians to complete their band. They met Bowling Green, KY native Zach Lindsey (bass) on the local scene, who soon introduced them to Jordan Young (guitar), another Kentucky native. The group shacked up together and wrote and recorded their music in the basement of their Nashville home. Mona’s style is a nod to the 50’s classics; with Elvis Presley swagger, Johnny Cash grit, and James Dean suave, it is impossible to deny their unbridled talent and supreme ability to write stadium bound rock songs. From their breakout single “Listen to Your Love” to the raw intensity of Nick’s vocals on early Springsteen-esque “Lines in the Sand” about the bands perseverance, and the fist pumping anthem “Teenager,” Mona’s fearless approach to their music is wildly apparent.

“Listen To Your Love,” will premiere at specialty radio on May 20 – check out the official video HERE. The track has also been secured for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority summer TV campaign, “Life is short, summer is shorter” which premiered during the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night and will run through the end of August. Check out the commercial HERE. Additionally, the band has announced a handful of US Summer shows supporting The Airborne Toxic Event plus select dates across the pond supporting Kings of Leon and Morrissey. They will also be hitting the stages at some of the summer’s biggest festivals including Summer Sonic in Japan, Glastonbury Festival, and Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK.

It’s evident Mona are bound for greatness, but they don’t forget what drives them: “at the end of the day, we’re just four dudes making some noise in a garage and just having fun.”

- Official SXSW showcase performance of “Listen to Your Love” on Last Call with Carson Daly HERE.
- Official SXSW showcase performance of “Trouble on the Way” and “Lean Into the Fall” on Last Call with Carson Daly HERE.
- Official video for “Listen To Your Love”
- Official video for “Trouble On The Way”

North American Tour Dates:
*Supporting The Airborne Toxic Event

June 7 Vancouver, Canada @ Commodore Ballroom *
June 8 Seattle, WA @ Sodo *
June 9 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
June 11 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
June 12 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues *
June 13 Chandler, AZ @ Showroom Theatre *
June 14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
July 13 New York, NY @ Webster Studio at Webster Hall
July 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
September 18 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits *