Mona (band)

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OriginDayton, Ohio, Bowling Green, Kentucky (now based in Nashville, Tennessee), United States
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock
Years active2010–present
MembersNick Brown

MONA is a project started by Nick Brown. Though there has been a revolving cast of band members, Nick has been the sole driving force behind the band. He began in Dayton, Ohio, though he is now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Brown revealed the band's name refers to his grandmother, Mona Brown.[1]

The band rose to fame appearing as part of the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll; which was revealed on 5 December 2010.[2] The band was also crowned the Brand New for 2011 title at the MTV Awards.[3] Their debut album was released on May 16, 2011 in the UK through Zion Noiz Recordings/Island Records[4] and was released on February 28, 2012 in the US through Zion Noiz Recordings/Mercury Records.


Nick Brown (2009-2010)[edit]

In April 2009, Brown was introduced to Saul Galpern, creator of Nude Records by a mutual friend. Soon after their online introduction, Galpern flew to Nashville to meet Nick. Having been very impressed by him, Galpern signed a management contract with the band which led to a record deal with Island Records and Mercury Records in September 2010.[5]

MONA (2010–present)[edit]

Nick Brown at the Eurockéennes de Belfort 2011

On November 20, 2010, the band appeared on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland, in which they performed the songs "Teenager", "Listen to Your Love" and "Lines In the Sand".[6] On December 6, 2010, it was revealed that Mona had been longlisted on the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll, which predicts artists that will become successful in the year ahead. It was also revealed that month the band had made the longlist of MTV Awards' Brand New for 2011. On February 3, 2011, it was announced Mona had won the title.[3]

The band released their debut single "Listen to Your Love" in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2010 through their own independent record label Zion Noiz Recordings.[7] Second single "Trouble On the Way" was then released through Zion Noiz Recordings/Island Records on December 13, 2010.[8] Mona released their third single "Teenager" on February 7, 2011.[9] Their fourth and final UK single, "Shooting the Moon", was released on July 31, 2011.[10]

In February 2011 MONA announced the release date of their self-titled debut album which was self-produced by Nick in their basement in Nashville and mixed by producer Rich Costey (Foo Fighters, Muse, Arctic Monkeys).

European album release (2011)[edit]

The official album artwork was released on March 21, 2011.[11]

Mona was released in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2011. They also released the "Listen to Your Love - EP" the same day. Following the album's release the band embarked on a world-spanning tour which saw them play most of the world's largest and most prestigious festivals; including Glastonbury Festival and Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, Summer Sonic Festival in Japan and Splendour in the Grass in Australia. As well as touring the festival circuit they supported fellow Nashville band Kings of Leon on selected dates of their summer tour, including shows at Slane Concert near Slane, County Meath, Ireland on May 28, 2011 and Hyde Park, London on June 22, 2011.

They also headlined their own tour of the United Kingdom and Europe in the summer and early fall of 2011 culminating in a sold out show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

U.S. album release (2012–present)[edit]

MONA released their debut album in the United States on February 28, 2012. On that day they made their national television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno performing "Lean Into The Fall", they also appeared on the Conan show on March 2, 2012, playing lead US single "Lean Into The Fall".

Torches & Pitchforks (2013)[edit]

On 12 June 2013 MONA announced that they would release their second album, Torches & Pitchforks, on Mercury Records July 23. The band also announced new tour dates, starting in Columbus, OH on July 7. Their 2013 single Goons (Baby, I Need It All) now serves as the goal song for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL.[12]

In the Middle EP (2016)[edit]

On September 23, 2016, MONA announced that they would release their new EP In the Middle on October 28, on Bright Antenna Records. This will be the first release from the band in 3 years. The band also announced a string of fall tour dates with labelmates The Wombats, followed by a late fall run with July Talk kicking off on Nov 3 2016.

Soldier On (2018)[edit]

MONA's third album Soldier On was released in the summer of 2018. The band toured the U.S. in support of the record, before going to Europe to tour as the opener for Kings of Leon in the winter of 2018-2019. In March of 2019 MONA began an extensive 4-month run as the opener on both North American legs of Blue October's King tour.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions

Mona 39 20
Torches & Pitchforks
Soldier On


Year Single Album
2010 "Listen To Your Love" Mona
"Trouble On the Way"
2011 "Teenager"
"Listen To Your Love" (reissue)
"Shooting the Moon"
2012 "Lean Into the Fall"
2013 "Goons (Baby I Need It All)" Torches and Pitchforks
2016 "In the Middle" In the Middle
2018 "Kiss Like a Woman" Soldier On
"Not Alone"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2010 "Listen To Your Love" Jordan Noel Mona
"Trouble On the Way" Jordan Noel
2011 "Teenager"
"Listen To Your Love" (reissue)
"Shooting the Moon"
2012 "Lean Into the Fall" Jordan Noel
"Lines In The Sand" Jordan Noel

Band members[edit]

Current members

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Nominated work Award Result
2010 BBC Sound of 2011 Mona Sound of 2011[2] Nominated
MTV Awards Mona Brand New for 2011[3] Won


  1. ^ "NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived January 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c [2] Archived January 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Mona (Limited Edition Digipack) by Mona: Music". Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  5. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  6. ^ "BBC Two - Later... with Jools Holland, Series 37 Live, Episode 10". 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  7. ^ "Listen To Your Love: Mona: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  8. ^ "Trouble On The Way (Original Mix): Mona: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  9. ^ "NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  10. ^ "Shooting The Moon: Mona: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  11. ^ "Mona: Album Art Revealed, New Video". MusicUnderFire. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  12. ^ "Monatheband.Com". Monatheband.Com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  13. ^ "MONA | Artist". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  14. ^ "Mona - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-10-21.

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