Monks of Mellonwah – Sky and The Dark Night EP

Monks of Mellonwah are back with a brand new EP release, Sky and The Dark Night. The release comes after their previous EP Neurogenesis which was released last May. Neurogenesis received hundreds of reviews and features worldwide including coverage on MTV, Big Takeover Magazine, CMJ, Kings of A&R, Noise 11 and Tone Deaf. The media attention earned them licensing spots through a number of production companies in the US including Discovery Networks and Bunim Murray. The Monks successfully toured for Neurogenesis throughout Australia in Summer 2012 working with Tone Deaf and continued their outreach with a United States tour organized by President Entertainment.

Monks of Mellonwah EP artwork

Monks of Mellonwah EP artwork

After the success that Neurogenesis brought the band, the four piece alternative indie rock band from Sydney may receive similar attention when the new EP is released.

Having been compared to the likes of Incubus, Muse and The Black Keys, Monks of Mellonwah are definitely a band to watch. While the vocals by Vikram Kaushik are very similar to that of Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, Monks of Mellonwah do have their own unique musical style that cannot be compared.

Their new EP Sky and The Dark Night is progressive and experimental. The EP is an emotionally charged, heavy offering showcasing the band’s new direction that was hinted at with Neurogenesis. Sky and The Dark Night is in the form of one composition. The four tracks eventually come together to make the final trilogy mix. The whole EP combines a filmic score with electro and rock influences. Track one Breakout provides the filmic score while track two Control lends the rock influences heard in previous EP Neurogenesis. Track three Condition introduces the idea of electro rock into the band’s style. Eventually, track four sees all three songs transformed into one mind-blowing number.

Joe de la Hoyde (bass) explains the inspiration for Sky and The Dark Night. He says: “We are each riddled by our own curses and battle our own demons. There are diseases and syndromes and many things that we can’t understand let alone hope to control. Sky And The Dark Night, to me, is the journey from the beginning of our battles to their fruitless ends; the ups and downs, the triumphs and the failures. It is the undying hope that maybe somewhere along the way, we might find ourselves.”

Monks of Mellonwah performing live

Monks of Mellonwah performing live

Monks of Mellonwah have toured nationally and travelled to the United States twice, winning awards for Best Indie  Rock Band (2012 AIM Awards) and Best International Act (2012 LA Music  Awards). Their two previous EP’s (Stars Are Out and Neurogenesis) and subsequent music videos have gained them  worldwide critical acclaim, airplay on MTV’s network and extensive  radio play. The band are also now celebrating their new  development deal with A&R Worldwide.

Sky and The Dark Night is being released on vinyl and digital only on April 1.

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