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Monnone Alone - Summer of the Mosquito LP YELLOW 12" (preorder with free picture 7")

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Monnone Alone - Summer of the Mosquito LP YELLOW 12" (preorder with free picture 7")

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EASTER YELLOW LP Limited to 75 copies worldwide. WOOO! It is nearly here and what a fabulous album this is. Jangly pop genius by the Lucksmiths’ bass player Mark Monnone. The LP ships around May 10th (as soon as it arrives from pressing) and comes with a FREE pic 7” of the new single Summer of the Mosquito for pre orders only!

Please note: this is a co-release with 
USA – emotionalresponserecords.com 
Spain – meritoriorec.bandcamp.com 
Finland – www.royalmintrecords.com 
... please support your local label ☺️ though the YELLOW is a mint exclusive (apart from 20 copies in Australia)

Mark Monnone – vocals and guitar 
Gus Franklin – drums, organ and backing vocals 
Joe Foley – bass, lap steel and backing vocals 
Louis Richter – 12-string guitar, organ and backing vocals 

Recorded and mixed at Electric Dreams and Los Bomberos by Gareth Parton, assisted by Gus Franklin 
Mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering 

As Jonathan Richman once (or twice) famously lamented: “that summer feeling is gonna haunt you one day in your life”. For Monnone Alone, that day has arrived and here it is for all to hear! 

Summer of the Mosquito is a sweet ‘n’ salty twilit bike ride through the dizzying heights and gutter-scouring lows of summers past; a revisiting of share-house dysfunction (‘Dystopian Days of Yore’) and coming-of-age misdemeanours (‘Tumble Downs’), while encouraging a celebration of such foibles in ‘Do it Twice’, the album’s jubilant closer and second single. 

Landing plumb in the sweet spot where jangle and power-pop collide, guitars are cranked and vocal harmonies laid on thicker than pomegranate molasses, adding extra reflection to tracks like ‘I Wanna Hide in Yesterday’, first single ‘Cut Knuckle’ and the album’s optimistic titular opener with its plaintive plea, “If I stay I’ll need you here to show me the way to walk and the way to fall” – a sentiment that lays the bedrock for the album’s underlying yearning. 

That Mark Monnone has gathered a tight cohort of likeminded pop-obsessed classic rockers to build his second album speaks further to the nostalgia contained within; Monnone’s former Lucksmiths bandmate Louis Richter’s joyous and dynamic 12-string guitar serves as the perfect foil to Monnone’s unfussy strum and unruly outbursts of fuzz, while Gus Franklin and Joe Foley, on drums and bass respectively, are having a rollicking good choogle but manage to stay the course when things get bumpy (hello ‘Yo Dad’). 

Speaking of classic rock, the sun-frazzled psy-folk of ‘Jerry’s Can’ owes its backstory to a visit to a friend in a Californian rehab facility and unexpectedly coming face to face with Jerry Garcia’s deathbed. 

On ‘Feeling Together Feels Alright’ the band channel the frayed trims and big pop feels of The Pastels and Pavement and take a slight detour via Lou Reed’s Coney Island Baby on ‘Strollers’; both songs bearing passing reference to Monnone’s own baby, born during the writing process for the album and marking the singer’s first foray into parenthood. 

Recorded and mixed by Melbourne-based Welsh producer Gareth Parton (Foals, Big Scary), with assistance from drummer Gus Franklin, Summer of the Mosquito is a big ol’ sun-smooch from a Melbourne band in no hurry to be anywhere but right here right now, and a songwriter happy to glimpse back briefly before being swept forward in life’s inevitable undertow. 

releases May 10, 2019

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