|Genres||Rock and Roll and Pop|
|Instruments||Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele, cello|
MonaLisa Twins are a pop rock band, fronted by twin-sister singer-songwriters Mona Wagner (vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion, harmonica, flute) and Lisa Wagner (vocals, lead guitar, ukulele, cello).
They are originally from Austria (born in Vienna, on June 16, 1994) and are currently based in the Liverpool area, in the United Kingdom. Known for their YouTube video covers of songs by The Beatles and other 1960s bands, many of which have been issued on a series of albums, they also have released two albums of original songs, inspired by the music of the 1960s. They have toured with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, performed at the Glastonbury Festival, collaborated with American musician John Sebastian, and held a two-year residency at the Cavern Club.
The band's producer is the twins' father Rudolf Wagner, who also plays the bass and piano, and co-writes and arranges their music, which is recorded in the Wagner family's own music studio. Rudolf's wife and the twins' stepmother, Michaela Wagner, is the band's manager and assistant. The family lived in a small village in the Groß-Enzersdorf municipality near Vienna, Austria, until 2014, when they moved to a suburb of Liverpool.
The band typically has a 4-person line-up for live concerts, with Mona and Lisa Wagner mostly playing guitars (and some harmonica and ukulele, respectively) on stage, while being backed up by different bassists and drummers. In 2012 and 2013 (while they were still based in Austria) those were usually Michael Mozeth (bass) and Philipp Wolf (drums). Since 2014 (including the two-year residency at the Cavern Club) they have been backed by several local British musicians.
Musical Style and Development
The Twins started interpreting Rock and roll hits from the 60s and 70s, and with some folk songs, throughout their career, they brought their original songs in the style of Rock and Roll, and Rock Pop, also bringing ballads, some of their songs copyright has their clips. Each one works helping the other, forming a teamwork, during the audio and video recordings.
The MonaLisa Twins have a lot of influence from the British band The Beatles. They are known for their covers of Beatles hits, but they also have Rock influence from other artists and bands of the time. Their copyrighted music has a lot of influence from Rock and Pop from the 60s and 70s, always having the presence of the electric guitar in their covers and copyrighted songs.
- 2007 - MonaLisa & Band, Live in Concert
- 2008 - California Dreaming (EP)
- 2012 - When We're Together
- 2014 - Play Beatles & More
- 2017 - Orange
- 2018 - Play Beatles & More Vol.2
- 2018 - Play Beatles & More Vol.3
- 2019 - Christmas
- 2020 - The Duo Sessions
- 2020 - Live at The Cavern Club (Double CD)
- "MonaLisa Twins Biography", MonaLisa Twins, retrieved August 30, 2019
- UK band MonaLisa Twins talk background, ’60s style songwriting, and new album ‘ORANGE’, Guitar Girl Magazine, retrieved August 30, 2019