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Monks of Mellonwah

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
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"Monks Of Mellonwah’s New Single ‘Even When It Burns’ Is Blazing"

Australian rock quartet Monks of Mellonwah will be dropping their brand new single, ‘Even When It Burns’, on June 15. The multi-award winning alternative band received much acclaim with their debut album, ‘Turn The People‘, and after coming off an impressive US tour with the likes of Scott Stapp of Creed and Sevendust, MOM intends on capturing the attention of even more listeners with this latest hot single.

When you cross a less aggressive MC-less Linkin Park with a friendlier Fall Out Boy and then add a dash of Panic! At The Disco for good measure, you get the unique style of edgy, but still radio-friendly MOM. Behind the Timberlake-like vocals of Vikram Kaushik with bandmates Joseph de la Hoyde on guitar and John de la Hoyde on bass, MOM churns out tunes that embrace the millennial’s can do spirit with just a touch of hipster attitude.

The Michael Jackson ‘Smooth Criminal’ sounding single ‘Even When It Burns’ with its spaced out soundscape and sing-a-long ready lyrics is an enjoyable listen that’s poised to take the charts by storm in 2015. The 2012 LA Music Awards International Band of the Year delivers this 21st century electro-rock pop song with ferocious precision and pristine production that has a fast paced staccato rhythm that’ll make you want to pop-lock out your seat. MOM’s previous release, ‘Never Been Good’, was better lyrically than ‘Even When It Burns’, but what the song lacks lyrically is more than made up for with its frenetic pace and tightly woven drum track.

MOM definitely deserves a place on your playlist, but don’t just take my word for it. Check out the single ‘Even When It Burns’ come June 15 here and decide for yourself.

Tavon Perkins is a Senior Writer for Rant, Inc. Follow him on Twitter @TavonPerkins or add him to your network on Google. - Rant Hollywood


Get ready for your next summer jam. Monks of Mellonwah are here from Australia with pop-rock music so catchy and powerful that you might have to stop and find your breath. Check out their new single “Even When It Burns” above to see what I mean. The pacing, the lyrics, the melody backed by waves of electronic sounds paired with perfectly timed piano — it all comes together to create a sound as big as that of Imagine Dragons or Coldplay, but with a sincerity that propels them into their own unique category.

The track comes from an EP set to be released in August, titled Disconnect, which continues the vibes of “Even When It Burns”, but also moves seamlessly along the emotional spectrum. Loving that single? Let me give you a taste of what’s to come. Various degrees of piano and electric guitar play against each other and fight, pleasingly, for dominance throughout. The album opener, “Never Been Good” is a perfect hook, welcoming the listener to “enjoy the circus” and providing a fun house of alternative rock for our amusement. Halfway through the EP comes the shockingly orchestral “Interlude” which breaks the album in two. “Disconnect” continues this shift from pop and would fit well during the low point of a film, striving for change with an honest streak impossible not to be drawn to. Truly, the album is cinematic. The pace picks up again with “Look at Me”, which is absolutely fun, and the album closes with “Feel it Coming”, a track moving back into the territory of the heartfelt and powerful. “Someday, the end is coming,” Monks of Mellonwah announce, but hopefully not too soon.

Monks of Mellonwah are quickly gaining international success after wins at both the LA Music Awards and the AIM awards, as well as a successful three month tour of the US last year. Check out the band on their website, Facebook, and SoundCloud pages for more news and music, and for more about the release of Disconnect. - New Sick Music

"Monks of Mellonwah - "Never Been Good""

The latest Aussie talent to make waves on an international scale is alternative-pop quartet, Monks of Mellonwah. The success earned off the back of their debut album “Turn The People” saw the band supporting the likes of Scott Stapp (Creed) and Sevendust on a three-month tour of the USA, as well as snagging awards for ‘International Rock Band Of The Year’ (LA Music Awards 2012) and ‘Best Indie Rock Band’ (AIM Awards 2012). Currently in the studio recording the follow-up to “Turn The People” (set for a mid-2015 release), Monks of Mellonwah have dropped their first teaser of the new album, “Never Been Good”.

“Never Been Good” is an outrageously catchy single, filled to the brim with sleek modern-pop hooks and a pinch of alt-rock grittiness to take the edge off. The track grooves with funky guitars and bass buzzing hungrily below the surface, and given a fresh lift with sporadic injections of breezy synthesizers. As it builds and drives with intensity, the song moves away from alternative-pop and instead crosses into alternative-rock territory, but never strays far enough to abandon its radio-friendly skin.

If this track is any indication of what’s to come, Monks of Mellonwah have an album well-worth your while on their hands.

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"Monks of Mellonwah – “Never Been Good” by Wendy Redden"

Monks of Mellonwah are an alternative rock/pop outfit hailing from Australia. The band formed in late 2009 in Sydney and include band members Vikram Kaushik (vocals and guitar), Joseph de la Hoyde (lead guitar), Joshua Baissari (drums) and John de la Hoyde (bass).

They have released a few EPs in the past couple of years (Stars are Out, Neurogenesis and Sky & The Dark Night) including a very nice debut album last year titled Turn The People.

The band has a myriad of influences including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their sound encompasses an upbeat rock/pop vibe with a hint of electronic tones as well.

Monks of Mellonwah are now working on new material and they have a new single. We are sharing their energetic new track titled “Never Been Good”. It has the perfect balance of rock, pop and synth so you just want to hit repeat. With the release of “Never Been Good”, we embrace their evolving sound and we look forward to new material from this band and an upcoming album release sometime later this year. If you want to hit repeat like we do, you can purchase the single on i-Tunes.

They also have a pretty cool video for “Hide Away” we need to share which is from their debut album Turn The People. - The Revue

"Monks of Mellonwah -Never Been Good -Single Review"

Monks of Mollonwah are emerging stars. With their highly acclaimed debut, “Turn To People,” the band has been celebrated beyond their hometown in Australia as they were bestowed two awards, International Rock Band Of The Year (LA Music Awards 2012) and Best Indie Rock Band (AIM Awards 2012). Now back in the studio recording their follow up, the band has given us a teaser by way of the single, Never Been Good. With a synth heavy groove, the band blends soul, hip hop with just enough guitar to slot them into the alternative rock genre.

The band returned to the U.S. to perform in April 2015, to perform showcases at the highly regarded and acclaimed music conferences – The Rock Summit and Musexpo which are both being held in Los Angeles. Never Been Good is a stellar track which finds the band in familiar territory and I’m personally salivating as I wait for the next album. - FanFloapp

"Manny Pacquiao Is Listening To Some New Music To Beat Mayweather"


Thee guys are pretty chill for being a rock group. They are very relaxing, so it's easy to see how a song like this can Pacquiao in a meditating mind set. Remember, atheletes do have visuals before big performances. - Blkmnds


If you need a new song to chill out and relax to, then look no further than Monks of Mellonwah‘s “Never Been Good”. The track starts off the same way it ends–with a spacey, laid-back beat and lulling vocals that will wipe away any negativity or stress from your life. In between you’ll find yourself surrounded by layered vocals, funky beats, and even a sweet guitar solo. The four-piece based out of Sydney has already made a name for themselves down under and are coming stateside to do the same. Jam out to “Never Been Good” above, and try to catch them on their U.S. tour! - The Wild Honey Pie


Karl Nicolas July 10, 2015 Alternative, Featured, Pop, Reviews, Rock

The Monks of Mellonwah are a Sydney-based alternative rock band that is influenced by such timeless chart toppers as Pink Floyd, Muse, and the Arctic Monkeys (a grand lineup, should I brace myself?). Bandmates Vikram Kaushik, Joseph de la Hoyde, John de la Hoyde, and Joshua Baissari, were all initially just “schoolmates” who found a common interest and decided to make a band. If you’re sceptical of such archetypal beginnings, you should know that the Monks have already won awards for International Rock Band of the Year (LA Music Awards 2012) and Best Indie Rock Band (AIM Awards 2012) since their inception in 2009. They follow up these successes with the subject of this review: a seven-track album they’ve titled Disconnect which will be dropping this August.

The first track on the album is “Never Been Good”, which starts things off with some unabashed drums and filtered vocals from Vikram, the lead singer. The effect is reminiscent of turn-of-the-century rock, infusing us early on with a wonderful dose of nostalgia. Next up is “When It Burns”, a high octane song which really speeds through the three minute runtime (relatively speaking). The rapid sticking and singing forces the listener to focus in order to keep up with the band’s lyrics and really enjoy the entire track (something I wasn’t able to do).

The band then wisely elects to turn it down a notch with “Show Me Something”, where the atmosphere the Monks create is dreamier, more tempered. In my opinion, they sound much better when their lyrics are unhurried and audible, and when the vocals and instrumentals seamlessly interchange into the limelight. There is no real competition for center stage, and in this track specifically, the band showcases an advanced, impressive ability to find equilibrium between the audio foreground and background to create a rather sophisticated, polished sound.
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The next song on the album is “Feel It Coming” which sounds a lot more hard rock. It was fantastic to hear the masterful licks and riffs really being used to punctuate the track along with a more prominent presence from the drums. The lyrics aren’t as memorable on this single (although this can probably be attributed to the more powerful instrumental which really drives the song home) except for the line: “Someday the end is coming”. This was the perfect repeating lyric, both because of its isolated meaning in relation to the track itself, and for being the track which precedes the last song.

The record ends with “Look At Me”, which is a hundred percent more “pop” than what I expected to hear going into the album. A bit of a British mod sound hovers over the track this time around, as Vikram’s extraordinary voice once again impresses me with its adaptability. Much like Adam Levine really adds that special spice to Maroon 5, so too does Vikram Kaushik add that special spice to the Monks of Mellonwah. This is something more tangible than just an idea or metaphor, because this is what truly allows the band to tackle the unique sounds in each of the six tracks (interlude doesn’t count) on Disconnect.

The Monks of Mellonwah are an alternative pop/rock band through-and-through, but I was still thoroughly impressed in the manner by which they conjured up sounds and styles which could be from different genres entirely. The most impressive thing about the quartet is their ability to hang on to the common thread running through all their songs: a gritty frenetic sound coupled with some versatile, volatile vocals. The Monks have all the makings of an up-and-coming mainstream band, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take the charts this coming year considering the level of talent they showcase on Disconnect.

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"Monks of Mellonwah Sonic Circus Review"

The EP, which has the awesome title of “Disconnect,” opens with the track “Never Been Good.” As soon as the lead singer Vikram Kaushik began signing, “I’m not a serious kind of person, hardly working, it’s a sonic circus,” I was hooked. Kaushik has a great voice that can stand with the likes of many pop rock acts today, including The Neighbourhood, which is who I was immediately reminded of.
“Even When It Burns” is the next song and the lead single from the 7-track EP. The song has a spacy/airy kind of feel to it that is complimented well by the drums and Kaushik’s vocals. While I liked the predecessor better, as it had a faster feel to it, this song definitely is hooky as well. The only complaint I had with it is that sometimes the lyrics were a bit hard to decipher, but that may have been a stylistic choice by the band. You can check out this song exclusively here.
“Show Me Something More,” which appears next, truly showcases the range on Kaushik’s voice and truly has me convinced that if this band gets some radio play, they will be huge. I particularly liked the piano that the band used here, which was again well complimented by the guitar and the drums. In addition, the thought provokingt lyrics kept my interest, especially when Kaushik intelligently questioned, “I wonder why we’re happy wasting time?”
“Look At Me,” which appears later on the EP, changes things a little stylistically and has a bit of a Maroon 5 sound. Again, the thing that truly shines is Kaushik’s voice, and making a comparison to Adam Levine here would not be unwarranted. The lyrics were also emotionally driven again, especially when they opened with, “I feel alive when you look at me.”
Other songs featured on the EP are the piano-driven “Disconnect,” and the chilling closer “Feel It Coming,” which asks, “Can you feel it in your bones that someday the end is coming?”
Overall, with “Disconnect,” Monks of Mellonwah showcase their talent and prove they are a band that deserves to be heard. I would highly recommend picking up their EP when it drops this August. If you are a fan of Maroon 5, The Neighbourhood, or any other modern, good pop-rock music, you will surely not be disappointed. - The Real Mr Housewife

"Monks of Mellonwah: Turn the People"

The Monks of Mellonwah have been generating global buzz from their hometown of Sydney, Australia and that buzz is now primed to reach American shores with their debut LP Turn the People. The alt-rock quartet has a guitar-driven sound that blends well with electronic and orchestral flourishes to generate one of the more ambitious albums to drop in some time.

The band’s sound recalls influences such as Muse, Incubus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, yet with a classic rock sensibility as well. The album is partly self-produced but also features five tracks produced by Keith Olsen, renowned for working with artists as stylistically diverse as Ozzy Osbourne, Fleetwood Mac, and the Grateful Dead. There’s a high level of production value on the album and the Monks have a songwriting ambition that demands it.

Vocalist Vikram Kaushik has a voice with a dynamic range that oozes with emotional urgency. There’s times when he sounds kind of like Kansas’s Steve Walsh singing classic rock from the ‘70s, and other times where he sounds quite a bit like Brandon Boyd or Matthew Bellamy. But those are three great vocalists, so Kaushik is keeping some strong company. Guitarist Joe de la Hoyde has driving riffs and chops to burn, but layers the songs with an expert skill rarely seen on a debut LP. Rounded out by a tight rhythm section of John de la Hoyde on bass and Josh Baissari on drums, the Monks of Mellonwah are poised to make a big splash in 2014 with this release.

Lead single “Tear Your Hate Apart” opens with some melodic synths and symphonic vocals that sound a lot like Muse at first. But then the track spins into a more original sound with an adventurous sonic landscape that blends the synths with a tight beat. Album opener “Ghost Stories” features a similar vibe with deeply emotional vocals and a wicked guitar-hero break at the end.

“Pulse” opens with a trippy oscillating synth and then builds into a dynamic rocker with furious percussion. “Alive for a Minute” develops in a similar fashion, starting slow and then building into a compelling prog-rocker with psychedelic synths in a big chorus and intense guitar riffage down the stretch. “Escaping Alcatraz” highlights the cinematic flair that the band delivers across the album, with a swirling mix of guitars and synths for an urgent vibe that sounds like it could be part of the soundtrack from The Rock with Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery.

The band ups the ante on “Sailing Stones”, adding some Eastern-flavored orchestral flourishes to create a majestic sound. The title track starts as a piano ballad, then builds slowly but surely into another bold rocker with pulsing synths, psychedelic guitar and an epic vibe. “Afraid to Die” is one of the top tracks on the album, as the band puts it all together with some “Kashmir” type riffs over a dynamic progression that has a little more sonic space than most of the album. This allows the parts to sink in a little deeper with compelling results.

It’s not hard to imagine most of these tunes sounding much heavier in a live setting, depending on the band’s approach. But there’s also an infectious melodic quality that runs throughout the album, suggesting the band has the potential to crossover to reach multiple audiences. If there’s one flaw, it might be how most of the songs occupy a similar emotional vibe and sonic space. But that’s something that challenges many young bands on their debut albums. The Monks of Mellonwah clearly have loads of talent and sonic ambition, making Turn the People one of the top releases in the first quarter of 2014. - Pop Matters

"Monks of Mellonwah - Turn the People Reviewed by: Craig Manning (01/13/14)"

If I had made a list of the most promising artists of 2013, Monks of Mellonwah, a four-piece alternative rock band hailing from Australia, would almost certainly have been near the top. Rather than simply unleashing a full-length album and trying to earn buzz for it with live shows and different single releases, the Monks went an interesting route, breaking their full-length record into three different EPs. From my angle, it was a genius move on the band’s part. When the first EP – a slim, three-song collection called Ghost Stories – arrived in my inbox last summer, I was taken with the grungy, 1990s garage rock feel of the songs. The material felt classic in a way that I don’t think most alternative rock has in years, and it was aided in its impact by the outstanding voice of frontman Vikram Kaushik, a gifted individual who recalls both Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis and Incubus’s Brandon Boyd in vocal tone and delivery. I was hooked.

Autumn brought another – and arguably, better – EP to my inbox in the form of Afraid to Die. The songs on that collection were darker and slower, losing some of the straight-ahead 1990s rock ‘n’ roll feel of Ghost Stories in favor of more potent and powerful classic rock sounds. Yet again, I was hooked, though I found myself wondering how Monks of Mellonwah were going to be able to translate these EPs, both of which had very distinct styles and feels, into a single cohesive full-length. Simply listening to the two records back to back, I was at a loss for how they would ever be able to truly fit together.

Yet here we are: another season, another email with new Monks of Mellonwah songs waiting to be heard. I currently have the final version of the full-length record, titled Turn the People, pouring out of my computer speakers, and suffice to say that I now understand fully what the band was going for when they decided to break their vision into three separate parts. I’ll never have the benefit of hearing the third EP – named Pulse, after one of Turn the People’s finest tracks – as a standalone as I did with the other two. If I had, I would probably have gauged the new material – including the piano/synth slow-burn of the title track, the brass-burst bombast of “Escaping Alcatraz,” and the ringing grandiosity of album closer “Sky and the Dark Night” (which, without blinking, features both a cinematic string section and a scathing centerpiece guitar solo) – as yet another step toward darker, more experimental territory.

Hell, “Tear Your Hate Apart,” the album’s harrowing first single, feels more like something that would have appeared on the second part of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience than it does like a classic rock song. In general, these new songs find more basis in percussive rhythms, soundscape synthesizers, and chilly piano chords than they do in walls of guitar, though there are certainly exceptions to that rule. See the symphonic layers of distorted guitar that chime in halfway through the title track and continue to build toward a breaking point throughout the song. This is the kind of territory Muse was aiming for (and mostly missing) on their last record.

Interestingly enough, the new songs reside mostly in the middle of the record, serving as the adhesive that glues the Ghost Stories songs and the Afraid to Die songs together. The record begins exactly as the first EP did – with the raucous one-two punch of “Ghost Stories” and “Vanity” – and groups three choice cuts from Afraid (the pyrotechnic “Downfall,” the sludgy Bond-esque “Afraid to Die,” and the stirring blues-folk ballad “I Belong to You”) into the penultimate slots before making a deep dive into glorious self-indulgence with “Sky and the Dark Night.” The other two songs from the introductory EPs – the road-trip southern rock of “Sailing Stories” and “Alive for a Minute,” still the band’s catchiest song and best bid for mainstream success – are grouped into the middle of the record with the newer material.

Ultimately, Monks of Mellonwah do a remarkable job of balancing their disparate styles (their 1990s grunge elements, their guitar-heavy classic rock songs, their dark synth-based experimentalism, and their horn-laced Bond themes) and putting them all together for a single full-length record. Only “Sailing Stories” and “I Belong to You” stick out of the texture, the former because its bright, harmonic style feels at odds with the darkness of the rest of the disc, and the latter because it’s the record’s lone true ballad. While Monks of Mellonwah excel beautifully at bringing the wild guitar displays and the foot-pounding rhythms, “I Belong to You” is an unqualified success in slower tempo, sparer arrangement, and more restrained performance. The band might consider exploring that haunting folk style a bit more on a future EP or something. For now, however, Turn the People is a fantastic set of songs that makes good on a pair of 2013’s finest EPs. I didn’t find room for these guys on my “Best of 2013” list, mostly because I couldn’t pick which EP to put on the list, but suffice to say that I don’t think I’ll be making the same mistake come the end of this year.

8.0/10 - Absolute Punk

"CD Review: Turn The People by Monks of Mellonwah"

Good, solid Aussie rock rarely lets you down, and Monks of Mellonwah have delivered a debut full-length album of real quality with “Turn The People” (released March, 2014). This four-man band from Sydney has become a tight unit through lots of touring around the world in just the few years they’ve been together. Vikram Kaushik’s expressive vocals and the band’s ability to channel their influences into something original see them ahead of the game.

At the bottom of the world, Vikram, Joseph, Joshua and John tuned their collective antennae to the dramatic theatricality of Muse, the quirkiness of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the jazz groove of Incubus. This has been distilled into 13 immaculately produced tracks. “Turn The People” is a mature piece of work, its pure rock enhanced by thoughtful arrangements, including imaginative use of strings. If you just want to accompany it on air guitar, it’s a good album to bounce off, but there are lots of subtle moments. Sometimes, they surprise you. Lyrics have a sense of drama and are downbeat, for the most part, but it’s not a depressing record.

Opening with “Ghost Stories – Intro”, it’s a very short instrumental and a gentle introduction for what is to follow. This band has an ear for a catchy guitar hook, and they have been getting lots of airplay. “Ghost Stories” and “Afraid To Die” hook you in easily, but heavy guitar does its job well too, as on “Escaping Alcatraz” and “Downfall”. Their admiration of the Chilies is nowhere more apparent than on “Vanity”. In an obviously deliberate tip of the hat, Vikram sings in the unmistakable style of Anthony Kiedis. “Pulse”, which zings with tremulous keyboards, is also Kiedis-like in the verses. “Tear Your Hate Apart” is Muse-ish, with a soaring vocal and an epic feel.

Many rock bands have shared the magic with string sections over the decades. Here, the strings are not grafted on but are woven into songs as if they belong. “Alive For A Minute” has pleasing, complementary pizzicato strings, and the string arrangement on “Sky And The Dark Night – Part 2 – Control” forms a melodic undercurrent against the fret-busy guitars.

However, my favourite track is the most simple. “I Belong To You” is a beautiful acoustic ballad and a real treat. It’s different from everything else here, but you’ll be glad it’s there. With affecting lyrics and a great vocal, it really is a thing of beauty.

This is the kind of band you want to see live and the kind whose live performances will further cement their reputation. Meanwhile, this record will do sterling work in the quest to keep rock alive.

Score: 8/10 - Rebel Music

"Australia's Monks of Mellonwah Set to Tour U.S."

Australian alternative rock band Monks Of Mellonwah are set to visit the United States for the third time in their brief career.

The Sydney-based band, who are signed to A&R Worldwide, won Best International Rock Band at the LA Music Awards and AIM Music Awards.

Their 2014 album, Turn The People, which Popmatters called "one of the top releases of 2014 so far," can be heard/shared at Bandcamp or Soundcloud. - Guitar World

"Monks Of Mellonwah New Music by David Duran"

When this band's name first came in front of me, I was expecting to hear some type of new music involving chanting monks from a far away land. The Monks of Mellonwah, are from far away, Sydney, Australia actually, but they are far from monks. Instead of chants, I was pleasantly surprised to hear some great alternative/progressive rock with what could be described as boy band like harmonies.
The Monks of Mellonwah consist of; lead vocalist Vikram Kaushik, guitarist Joseph de la Hoyde, as well as drummer Joshua Baissari and bassist John de la Hoyde. They stand more as a quadrangle than a quartet, with each facet reflecting their cumulative creative goal, to deliver all-original music in its purest, untainted form. Guitarist Joe de la Hoyde elaborates: "We want our music to be an emotive journey that takes the listener to the heart of their own inner selves -- in the hope that the discovery of their demons can lead to the discovery of themselves."

Stylistically, the band has evolved dramatically over a short period of time, impossible to be boxed into any genre. There's a variety of subtle hints of musical influence that arise from each band member, which include Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, as well as bands such as Muse. There was also a subtle nod to more SoCal based bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and 311.

Brought together in October of 2009, it was the inherent and collective love of performing live that melded the members Monks of Mellonwah into what they are today. They've already had the opportunity to perform at venues around the world, which include the world-famous Whiskey A Go Go and the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, the Mercury Lounge in New York, as well as Sydney Australia's Metro Theatre and the Factory Theatre.

In 2013 they released their first full-length album, Turn the People in three-part volumes, with the album in its entirety to be released in March, 2014. Volume 1: Ghost Stories was released in June 2013, followed by Volume 2: Afraid to Die in October. The final Volume 3: Pulse is scheduled for release, along with the full album, in March, 2014. Grammy-winner producer and sound engineer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, Grateful Dead) produced five of the tracks on the upcoming Turn the People album. In 2014, the band plans on touring both Europe and the U.S.A. in support of the album.

The highs for the Monks are that they are bringing back a familiar sound from a couple decades ago, but fine-tuning it creatively to create a new sound that is all theirs. The only lows for this band is that they are not based stateside. This type of originality belongs in a place where more smaller venue shows can be played and fans acquired. Nothing wrong with Australia, I guess I just need to book tickets next time they are in town.

To preview the entire album prior to its release, click here.

Watch the music video for "Ghost Stories," directed by Bruno Kataoka here. - Huffington Post


2015 - Never Been Good - single release

2014 - Hideaway (Pulse) - single release

2014 - Turn The People - debut album, released March 6th 2014

2014 - Pulse - Vol 3 of 3, released January 9th 2014
2013 - Afraid To Die - Vol 2 of 3 vol, released October 4th 2013
2013 - Ghost Stories - Vol 1 of 3 Vol, released June 28th 2013
2013 - Sky And The Dark Night – 3 track trilogy + full trilogy mix - Released March 2013
2012 - Neurogenesis EP – 5 track EP – highlight tracks Neurogenesis and Neverending Spirit – multiple sync licenses and direct syncs to popular TV shows - Released August 2012
2011 - Kyoto – single – triple j play
2010 - Stars Are Out – 5 track EP – focus track ‘Swamp Groove’ top 10 most requested songs on community radio



Monks Of Mellonwah Bio


“ of the most impressive rock groups immersing the world of alternative music.” – Kyle Jarmon,


Monks of Mellonwah (MOM) is a dynamic alternative rock quartet based in Sydney, Australia, who is quickly establishing themselves on the international rock and alternative music scene.

Formed in late 2009 by school friends Vikram Kaushik, Joseph de la Hoyde, Joshua Baissari and John de la Hoyde, MOM represents a collision of musical personalities, creating a timeless fusion of alternative, indie and film-inspired rock, drawing from a diverse range of core musical influences which include Pink Floyd, Muse, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

After releasing a trio of EPs -- Stars are Out (2010), Neurogenesis (2012) and Sky & the Dark Night (2013), Monks of Mellonwah teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne) and acclaimed engineer Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) for their long-awaited debut album Turn the People (released March 2014 via Gatcombe Music Pty Ltd.)

Since its release, the album has received critical acclaim, including press reviews and features in The Huffington Post, Guitar World, Music Connection Magazine, Pop Matters, Absolute Punk Technorati, as well as significant radio play in the USA, Australia, UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Russia, Peru, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa on stations such as BBC2, Amazing Radio, HKGFM, XFM, 95 WIIL Rock and KROQ as well as through syndicated shows such as Passport Approved.

Additionally, the band’s 2013 single “Ghost Stories” peaked at #60 on the mainstream rock charts, as well as in the top 20 for Independent releases in the US.

The band have received recognition beyond their Australian borders, winning awards for International Rock Band Of The Year (LA Music Awards 2012) and Best Indie Rock Band (AIM Awards 2012).

Having completed a 3 month tour of the USA in 2014, supporting the likes of Scott Stapp (Creed) and Sevendust, the Monks are returning to the USA in April 2015, to perform showcases at the highly regarded and acclaimed music conferences – The Rock Summit and Musexpo which are both being held in Los Angeles.

The band is currently in the studio, recording the follow-up to Turn The People, to be released mid 2015. The first single from this album, Never Been Good, was released digitally on April 3rd and will be followed in quick succession by a second single, Even When It Burns, which will hit the airwaves late April. The album, produced by Joseph de la Hoyde, has seen the band work with Grammy nominated Mix Engineer Slavic Livins, A&R Worldwide’s Monte Malone and Sat Bisla, as well as Mastering Engineer Steve Hall.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Chris de la Hoyde – Gatcombe Music +612 9654 0706

FOR PUBLICITY PURPOSES: James Moore – Independent Music Promotions –

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