Coming off of the high of being picked up by Mercury Records, the boys of MONA have released their latest and greatest EP "In The Middle".
NID was present to catch MONA performing live, supporting their new recording at Columbus' Rumba Cafe.
The Extended Play features the bands' signature retro-rock, anthemic sound, but incorporates a much more contemporary rock styling.
This is most notable in the vocals as well as in the arrangement of the drums. There is a bit more grit in Nick Brown's vocals, and variability throughout the band's instrumentation.
MONA delivered a rockstar performance at Rumba Cafe, and we were lucky enough to be in attendance.
MONA treated the audience to a majority of the new EP, but spliced in interludes from their self titled album as well as a few hits from Torches and Pitchforks.
As they proceeded to deliver every last emotional verse and anthemic chorus, the energy of the performance continued to build, finally erupting as singer Nick Brown took to the venues' bartop.
Suspended by swinging incandescents, he belted into the crowd from overhead. Brown remarked on being back in his home state, and then returned to the stage to close out the set.
The interesting thing is MONA delivers an impact, no matter when, where, and how. When putting together this review, MONA was playing on my computer, and the assistant editor said:
"Who is that? Those guys shred!"
Case in point. A very satisfied crowd departed the Rumba Cafe that evening, fully satiated.
Do yourself a favor, check out MONA.
About Ben Goldfarb
Associate Editor Ben Goldfarb covers the nightlife, entertainment, and community scenes, writing articles, reviews, and contributing photography.