Underworld, London, UK - 21/5
Monks of Mellonwah
Written by: PP on 06/09/2012 03:15:34
Even though Australia is on the other side of the planet from this publication, every now and then their excellent music scene spills a hit band over that breaks through internationally as well, Wolfmother being the prime example. Monks of Mellonwah hail from Sydney, and while they may not be the next big hit even nationally, their latest EP "Neurogenesis" has some enjoyable qualities to it, which we shall now proceed to dissect.
Despite their retarded name, Monks of Mellonwah aren't all that into experimental music, and instead hang tight onto an alternative rock / pop rock platform with some minor altercations. It's an occasionally progressive sound that recalls A Perfect Circle in places, but oftentimes finds itself in standard, indie-alternative territory such as on "Kyoto", which has intricate guitars and vocals that immediately remind me of the first Foals album. There's a sense of intelligence and ambition to the music as well, which is probably why you'll be reminded of Muse's older, more alternative rock oriented past while listening to this record. In fact, try put those three bands together and you more or less have "Neurogenesis" EP. The catch, however, is that the band never come close to matching the success of any of the bands mentioned. Instead they are comfortable with experimenting on the alternative rock/indie rock sound slightly, which is okay, but won't push the band into new heights unfortunately.
For the fans of: Foals, A Perfect Circle, Muse
Release date 24.05.2012