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”