Young man with old soul and plenty to say

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC - Andy Welch

ONE to watch for next year, is def­i­nitely Mona. The fourpiece band based in Nashville, Ten­nessee, have al­ready been tipped for suc­cess and that’s be­fore any­one has even heard their de­but al­bum.

Mona, com­pris­ing Nick Brown, Vince Gard, Zach Lind­sey and Jor­dan Young, have al­ready ap­peared on Later with Jools Hol­land and will em­bark on a UK tour early in the new year.

“Mona was my grandma’s name,” says Brown. “I got fix­ated on 1950s Amer­i­can films and that golden age when I was in my early teens. That has in­flu­enced the band a lot, it’s the im­agery I grew up with. I think I have an old soul, ba­si­cally.”

The prom­ise of suc­cess has come as a bit of a shock to the band, but if it comes to fruition it will be the cul­mi­na­tion of years of hard work.

“About three years ago I re­alised that you could go on from our city to be suc­cess­ful and huge,” adds Brown. “The first step was be­liev­ing it could hap­pen at all – and the sec­ond was be­liev­ing it could hap­pen to me. It’s a bit like see­ing the ugly guy from school with the hot girl – it gives ev­ery­one hope.

“For me fame is not about the money, girls or no­to­ri­ety, it’s about the pur­pose. The pur­pose of peo­ple like John Len­non, Bono when he was start­ing out, they had some­thing to say.

“I think art is at its best when the artist is hon­est – and that’s what we are. You can try too hard, and you can hear that in mu­sic. I don’t want to say we’re ef­fort­less, be­cause we put a lot of ef­fort in, but you have to know how to chan­nel it.”

Mona play Leeds Cock­pit on March 11. 0113 244 1573.

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