Monks of Mellonwah – Starts Are Out EP Review

Monks of MellonwahMusic can be pretty predictable. Predictable in the sense of band after band releasing album after album, year after year only to get pigeonholed into their applicable genre slot or typical “other artist” comparisons. It’s true that over the years we’ve seen bands come and go, but every once in a great while we see an artist break this mold by releasing music that is fresh. This can also be done by methodically combining genre’s. Australia’s 4 piece band Monks of Mellonwah fronted by vocalist Will Maher should be classified as one of these true breakout bands.

“Starts are Out” is their latest EP release and it has much to commend. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to this 5 arrangement teaser. In fact Monks of Mellonwah could be classified as a 4 genre band: Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, Jam Band, and even Alternative/Progressive Rock. It’s rare to hear a band walk a fine line between Power, Passion and Darkness. What’s more rather than release an EP that goes out of its way to prove how dark it is, this band chooses to be themselves. This is one band that has way too much precision and clarity to live in the shadows with a poetic splendor. Indeed this is clearly evident in songs like “Stampede” which methodically ups the ante to a very respectable level of catchy-poppy-hard rock musical craftsmanship. As a result the music is indeed commercially viable with a fresh sound with a dark-progressive aftertaste. In a nutshell, this is The Gorillaz meets Red Hopt Chilli Peppers meets Fishbone meets Incubus. I’m not kidding. Not every square inch is filled with progressive math rock delivered under duress either, but rather musical space that allows the music to breathe.  This is music that is not so easy to pin down during the first listen, but rather a CD blessed with a wide variety of taste and thought provoking musical exuberance.

I would imagine in time we will hear more from this amazing 4 piece unit via a full length release later this summer. No doubt Monks of Mellonwah has carved a very marketable niche and are set up well for success in 2012.  We shall see as time will tell.

Rating: 4/5


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This review written by Mindy McCall. Edits provided by blackdog.

One Comment

  1. Monks of Mellonwah are a great band with a diverse array of musical qualities. Its nice to see bands come out of their genre into something new. Music should be experimental and without bounds. Keep it up!

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