Monks of Mellonwah is a four piece alternative rock band from Sydney made up of Will Maher (vocals), Joe de la Hoyde (backing vocals/guitar), John de la Hoyde (bass) and Josh Baissari (drums).
They have won the “Best Indie Rock Act” award at the 2012 Artists in Music Awards in Hollywood and worked with Nirvana’s “Nevermind” engineer Howie Weinberg for their new EP titled Neurogenesis.
This EP was released in May this year and is an explosion of four tracks. Each member brings their own influences to every song making for a diverse listen in just four songs which is an achievement in itself.
With Richard Ashcroft-esque vocals and a unique rock sound, Monks of Mellonwah have produced a solid, interesting and original EP that will leave you wanting more. First track titled Neurogenesis kick starts everything off with a great melodic guitar riff and soft vocals before transforming into a fantastic alternative rock track. The drum beat is particularly appealing in this song when combined with the relaxing guitar riffs.
Second track Neverending Spirit is another track where no fault can be found as are third and fourth tracks, Kyoto and You Shine. In fact, Kyoto is the most punchy song in terms of it being the most melodic and rhythmic for a rock song. Kyoto will get you singing and dancing whereas the other tracks are interesting because they are different. Kyoto is a track most people will instantly like. The other songs may attract more of a niche audience.
Monks of Mellonwah are a fantastic alternative rock band and have produced an EP that will set their fans alight. Neurogenesis EP is available to buy/download now.