They play what I'd call "rock and roll." What? You not familiar with that type of music? Unfortunately, U.S. music fans and music labels have in large part turned their back on rock and roll these days in preference for hip-hop, dance music, country (or what passes for it these days), diva singers, pop songs and similar fluffy genres. So, that's pretty much all you see and hear on the radio, packaged up for you to buy on iTunes or (where they exist any more) featured in music stores. You have to go out of your way to find good rock and roll. And indeed, bands like Mona have to go to the U.K. to get gigs, build up a reputation, make some money and get an album produced.
However, they took time out from trying to make it in the U.K. to play as the opening act for a short portion of a U.S. tour by a band called The Airborne Toxic Event. One of the stops was Seattle, so me and a buddy went to go check out Mona at the Showbox SoDo Wednesday evening. You know, a chance to see a new band up close. We weren't disappointed. (Below: Mona on stage in Seattle.)
see and hear some of Mona over at their Web site media page.
(Left: Nick Brown (l) and Vince Gard (r) of Mona on stage in Seattle.)
You can check out a few more pictures I took at this gig over on my Flickr Photostream HERE and HERE.
The set list as I can reconstruct it here a day later was...
- Trouble On The Way
- A song that I do not know the name of
- Cloak And Dagger
- Lean Into The Fall
- Taboo Lights
- Say You Will
- Listen To Your Love
- Shooting The Moon