Monks of Mellonwah is an Australian alternative indie group made up of four members Vikram Kaushik (vocals), Joe de le Houde (guitar and back up vocals), John de la Hoyde (on bass) and Josh Baissari (on drums.)
Their first album is only partially released, but they’re already making waves across continents. Their two EPs (“Stars are Out” and “Neurogenesis”) as well as their music videos have already gotten them some MTV as well as radio play, and they signed a development deal with the label A&R Worldwide (who manages other groups like Coldplay and Muse). They won Best international Rock Band at the L.A. Music Awards and Best Indie Rock Band at the AIM Music awards in 2012. But wait, there's more!
Their first music video, for the song “Swamp Groove”, won an award at video night at Harold’s Shorts Film Festival, following the story of a girl literally climbing through a city wall and into nature. Their song “Neverending Spirit”, meanwhile, proves that Kaushik’s voice was made for rock. The sound is a mix of classic rock and modern experimentation and has been compared to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, and the Black Keys, which also happen to be some of their influences, alongside Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
In May, the group played at Singapore’s Music Matters Festival; they just finished their Australian tour and are prepping for their second Stateside tour this fall.
The group is releasing their first full length album in three parts, which started with the first volume, Ghost Stories, released in June, and is already showing how they have grown and become more specific with their sound, bringing pop and electronic elements into the rock mix. They are partly self-producing the album, party working with producer Keith Olsen. The other two parts are yet to come -- Stay tuned!
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