The Mono Jacks

The Mono Jacks

 Bucharest, Bucureşti, ROU
BandAlternativeRock

The Mono Jacks are four-piece hailing from Bucharest, Romania. Their seductive and incendiary post-rock rhythms carry traces of ‘90s alternative and the band's contagious live chemistry makes for some of the best gigs in Romania today.

http://themonojacks.bandcamp.com/

Biography

Management:
Cristian Busuioc
info@one-group.net

Booking:
Cristian Busuioc
info@one-group.net

The Mono Jacks are four-piece hailing from Romania. Their visceral, indie-inflected wall of sound brings to mind Interpol, Editors and White Lies. Based in Bucharest, The Mono Jacks exploded onto the Romanian music scene two years ago with exciting and intense live performances, which defied expectations, grabbed the imagination of fans and critics alike, and made them one of the most acclaimed new Romanian acts.

The Mono Jacks line up consists of Doru Trascau (vocal/guitar), Florin Vasile (guitar/back-vocal), Alex Voicu (bass) and Dorian Cazacu (drums). They have recently completed the first recording sessions of the debut material they wrote and self-produced. Their first outing includes ‘Maria’, the first single, future-disco monolith ’Push The Pedal’ or ‘Come Back Girl’, a track that flirts with melancholy and despair.

Their seductive and incendiary post-rock rhythms carry traces of ‘90s alternative and the band's contagious live chemistry makes for some of the best gigs in Romania today. Not to mention that a few of the band’s songs topped local alternative charts.

This summer, The Mono Jacks took to the road for a series of festival appearances around Europe, including B’Estfest, Sziget and Exit, and they shared the stages with the likes of Suede, No Age or Abe Vigoda. You don’t want to miss them if they come through your neck of the woods.

As interest mounts among music lovers around the country and after sequestering themselves in the studio for several months in 2010, the digital edition of 'Now in Stereo', the band's debut album, is out on March 12, 2011, at http://themonojacks.bandcamp.com/

“(…) and within a couple of songs they have played something that sounds like it could have escaped from one of the Interpol’s earlier albums, the better ones, with that combination of solid bass, rattling drums, sweeping guitars and energetic tension. (…) And if their own songs wear their influences boldly – which they undoubtedly do: not just the Chameleons via Interpol axis but early U2, or from more recent times the dramatic drum-driven mini-anthems of The Twilight Sad – then it doesn’t matter. I’ve seen most of the British bands ploughing this particular furrow, and The Mono Jacks have better songs than pretty much all of them. This is a band who could more than hold their own on a British festival stage or support tour, and with the right backing could be the first Romanian band to break out internationally”. Cath Aubergine – LouderThanWar.com

“The Mono Jacks is definitely a band I intend to keep an eye on. If this foursome continues to develop their obvious talents, they have a future as the massive radio band they aspire to be.” FR. Jones – FakePlasticTunes.com

“The Mono Jacks are on everyone’s lips when they talk about the new ‘new wave‘ of Romanian music, and if you attend any of their performances, you can surely understand why. A group that hails from the fame of another history-making Romanian group, AB4 (both Doru Trascau – vox and guitar, and Dorian Cazacu – drums are involved in both acts), the Mono Jacks are resplendent, energetic, and, of late, you do not have to go to far to look for one of their performances: eagerly awaited by their public, and welcomed by venues, they are pretty much everywhere. In their relentless 1-hour opening, they chose a mighty set of their English songs, which included “Maria”, “Come Back, Girl”, “Push the Pedal” or “We’re All Getting Older”, getting the gradually increasing audience into an enthusiastic crowd, just the feel you need in order to enjoy the Suede concert.” Octavian Logigan – darkwane.ro

Lyrics

When I Was Gone

Written By: Doru Trascau

When I Was Gone
The reason you came here, my love
Is my sufferance
You’ve made all the way here
While I was praying for it
I’ve paid the price, and so have you
But honey we’re back
We can’t escape, neither forget
You can’t forget, I can’t forget,
We can’t forget the past

I don’t have an answer, for now
I feel I’m alive
Embrace me with passion
Come on; let’s dance for a while
I’ve paid the price, and so have you
But honey we’re back

Honey we’re back
Into this dream
Stars came out
Let’s start a dance
And keep it serene
Don’t stop now

Come Back Girl

Written By: Doru Trascau

You were there round the corner
Did the rain make you run?
Come back girl, come back

I could buy an umbrella
Walk you home if you want
Come back girl, come back

For a while,
Let's pretend we are lovers
Freeze the time
You're so beautiful tonight

You were there round the corner
Did the rain make you run?
Come back girl, come back

I got distracted a moment
Turned my head you were gone
Come back girl, come back

For a while,
Let's pretend we are lovers
Freeze the time
You're so beautiful tonight

Pour the wine
And let's pretend that we are lovers for a night
Freeze the time
I want to know you're mine

Come back girl, come back

We're All Getting Older

Written By: Doru Trascau

On a race to nowhere
On a crazy ride
Fight the fire with fire
Searching for the light

Land without borders
Like the promise land
We are tired of scouting
So come give us a hand

Aiming for perfection
But we're losing sight
Now all the angels are gone,
It's not so right

We're all getting older
Reaching out to GOD!

How much more we'll get along
How much more we will try
We'll be questioning everything
Till the end of time

On a race to nowhere
On a crazy ride
Now all the angels are gone
It's not so right

We're all getting older
Reaching out to GOD!

We're all alike
As we are One

We're all getting older
Reaching out to GOD!

Maria

Written By: Doru Trascau

It’s been years since you left me
I believe I have been abused
Memories are haunting piranhas

Fault education
Fear the fear but we’re getting used
To fake it, to deal with, we really are

Maria, what have you done,
To make him hurt you so?
Maria, apologize
And make him let you go!

Pray for salvation
Broken home tell me what’s the use
Memories are haunting piranhas

Maria, what have you done,
To make him hurt you so?
Maria, apologize
Don’t make him lose control!

Don’t take all the blame dear
You haven’t done wrong
No room for regrets here
It’s not your fault

Maria, what have you done,
To make him hurt you so?
Maria, you’re praying for
Forgiveness of his soul...

Push the Pedal

Written By: Doru Trascau

You’d better take your girlfriend
Just pick her up and drive on to the local bar
Next minute she will notice
You’re jumping on the stage while playing rock guitar

You are loud when pushing the pedal
You will want to push on the pedal

And don’t forget to make up
The glitter will make you shine just like a real star
Your mates just won’t believe you
They’ll keep on wondering while saying “HOW BIZARRE!”

Pull the strings and bend the notes
Play those riffs and rock’em hard
Overdrive at 5 o clock
And go on, free yourself

You are loud when pushing the pedal
You will want to push more on the pedal

Discography

'Now In Stereo' debut album, 13 November 2010
Available from: http://themonojacks.bandcamp.com/

'Woman' single, Oct 2011
'When I Was Gone' single, Mar 2011
"We're All Getting Older" single, Dec 2011
"Push the Pedal" single, Oct 2011
"Come Back Girl" single, Mai 2011
"Maria" single, Sep 2010