Hey Monea
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Hey Monea

Canton, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

Canton, Ohio, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Pop Americana





“In what’s being called the largest international battle of the bands ever, a group from Cleveland has won the right to appear on Hard Rock Calling’s main stage at London’s Hyde Park July 14. Say hello to Hey Monea!” - Jay Smith

"The Daily Star UK"

“RISING guitar outfit Hey Monea! have scored their big break at this year’s Hard Rock Calling. The trio, from Canton, Ohio, beat more than 12,000 in a Battle Of The Bands competition to land their place opening the main stage next Saturday in London’s Hyde Park.” - Kim Dawson

"Akron Beacon Journal"

The band’s second full-length album, Cheap Souvenirs contains 10 short, catchy, primarily piano and acoustic-guitar-driven indie-pop tunes, punctuated by the trio’s tight vocal harmonies. Tunes such as the lead single Adeline, with its layered hand-claps and strumming mandolin, and Never Gonna Take You Back, which features an earworm-worthy “whoa-oh” filled chorus, dovetail with the popular unison choruses of indie-folk bands that are populating hip commercials.

Truthfully, pretty much every song on the album has AAA single potential, and the band’s members, unabashed fans of melodic pop music, like it that way. - Malcolm X Abram

"Dan Kane"

Hey Monea's new 10-song album, “Cheap Souvenirs,” is addictively listenable; commercial and pop in the best way and a major leap forward for Hey Monea! - Canton Repository


2009 - Wine Women and Song

2013 - Cheap Souvenirs

2015 - The Fifty



Dan Monea (guitar, piano, vocals)
Nate Monea (percussion, vocals)
Adam Orin (bass, mandolin, steel guitar)

For brothers Dan and Nate Monea and longtime friend Adam Orin, their time is meant to be spent doing what they love – writing, recording and performing music. “Even though Nate was just 13 and I was 16 when we played our first show, I knew music would be our life”, says Dan. That passion was affirmed in 2012, when this childhood trio from Cleveland, Ohio were selected to open for Bruce Springsteen to perform in front of 60,000 fans during Hard Rock Calling’s summer music festival in London’s Hyde Park. The band secured this opportunity by winning Hard Rock’s worldwide battle of the bands, besting over 12,000 other bands from around the world.

Since then, Hey Monea has shared the stage with many of their musical heroes: ranging from the Bare Naked Ladies and the Goo Goo Dolls to the Doobie Brothers, Lady Antebellum, and Kid Rock. These influences resonate deeply in their music and was captured efficiently by legendary Grammy winning producer Dennis Herring (Counting Crows, Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse) on the bands' major label debut, Cheap Souvenirs, in late 2013.

The band spent two years living on the road in support of Cheap Souvenirs, playing club dates and festivals across the country, as well as opening Bronze Radio Return’s entire 2014 Summer tour. On the heels of all of that activity, Hey Monea elected to seclude themselves away in a cabin in Florida to write, record and self-produce their newest release, entitled “The Fifty.” The record is meant to serve as a hearty homage to the United States, as Dan Monea offers "not only is the American landscape the backdrop for our lives, it's the inspiration as well. With every new city comes different food, different culture, different nature, and most importantly different people who live entirely unique lives.” Nate Monea adds “it’s our privilege as a band, being able to travel and see new and diverse parts of the country. We try to use that inspiration, and this new album reflects that.”

Hey Monea doesn’t consider themselves patriots in a traditional sense – as Dan puts it, "We love America for the greasy spoons, farmers’ daughters, and fishing holes. For the people we meet along the way and for the freedom we all enjoy…”

The songs on “The Fifty” reflect that love deeply on tunes like “Honey, Do”, a devotional love song that, according to Adam Orin, “takes a few risks and doesn’t fit into a specific mold”. America is the land of opportunity, and on “Filthy Rich”, the band laments “late model cars and paper plates” and the other trappings of a band who aspires to break through. The calypso-tinged “Buenos Noches” addresses how love might, at times, bridge the language barrier in our diverse country.

“The Fifty” will be released on October 23 on independent imprint Noble Steed Music, and the band intends to tour with all of the enthusiasm reflected on this new, youthful batch of recordings.

Find out more at http://www.heymonea.com/ and on social media.

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