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THE LOW-DOWN If it’s swag­ger­ing, barn­storm­ing an­thems you’re af­ter, you’ve come to the right place. Hell, Mona even snarl like world-beat­ers (or four lads who’ve taken styling and groom­ing tips from Larry Mullen jnr and Glasve­gas). From Day­ton, Ohio, and based in Nashville, Ten­nessee, they are in pole po­si­tion as the year be­gins.

Rea­sons to be cheer­ful: Mona make rock an­thems that al­ready seem tai­lor-made for big rooms and sta­di­ums. These an­thems have big gui­tars, pas­sion­ate vo­cals, oo­dles of self-con­fi­dence and a nag­ging sense that you’ve heard noth­ing yet.

Rea­sons to be fear­ful? They have a front­man called Nick Brown who walks a fine line be­tween cock­i­ness and ar­ro­gance. Ohio mu­sic writ­ers got plenty of guf­faws out of his claim a few years ago that he would be “big­ger than Bono”. Well, as long as he pays his taxes.

SOUND­BITE “Time for Kings of Leon to ab­di­cate”

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