Championed by BBC Introducing's Dave Monks, having recorded a sell-out live gig at the Cavern Club for the BBC's Live Lounge sessions, The MonoLPs are considered one of Liverpool's bright young prospects.
The band will be releasing their next single Emilia on the May 4 with a new video in tow and burlesque style launch night at Liverpool's renowned venue Magnet!
The MonoLPs have headlined shows for Alan McGee (Oasis, Creation Records), performed at the legendary Notting Hill Arts Club, The Orange Unlit Tour and a wealth of festivals including Kendal Calling, Liverpool Music Week and Sound City.
They’ve supported the likes of Space, Toploader, Sandi Thom, have busked with The View and even had punk legend, The Clash's Mick Jones, support them at one of their London shows!
An eclectic mix, we’re sure you’ll agree, but then we’re talking about a very special band. Offering a distinctive baroque-fuelled, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll sound in the midst of an increasingly saturated and overly populated indie rock backdrop, the quartet are selling out venues across the UK.
Amongst the group of highly talented, stunningly unique musicians is cellist, Vicky, who has performed with both The View and Blood Red Shoes on their last albums. You’ll feel the cello riffing its way through a barrage of sound. This is a rock 'n' roll band at full pelt.
The MonoLPs showcase juicy guitar riffs, intricate T-Rex like swooping strings, sexually charged lyrics and an uncompromising energy. The offbeat five-piece have established themselves as a group of major significance on the scene through their impressive work ethic and a dedication to an ever-expanding fan base of ‘Monettes’.
The band go from strength to strength having released their first single Die A Little Death on Cavern Records in October 2012 which was recorded at the Grammy award-winning Parr Street Recording Studios, (frequented the likes of Coldplay, Pulp and Black Sabbath). They’ve worked with influential producers Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys) and Jon Withnall (Coldplay).
Grounded in making music they love and loving the music they make, ‘The MonoLPs’ are riding high and showing no signs of letting up! Andy Howells puts questions to Vicky from the band.
How did you come together?
We are the MonoLPs. It all started when I met our lead singer/songwriter Ste in college, he wanted some cello on his acoustic songs and it all carried on from there. We kicked off by busking in the streets of the North West during which time we met our guitarist Chris. After testing the water and playing a few gigs as a three piece we felt the need to turn it up to '11' and create more of a rock sound. Ste had been consistently writing over this time and with so many songs at hand we set out to audition various drummers...after a few try-outs we found the amazing Dan and have never looked back since!
Where are you from?
We are all from Liverpool but I am half Welsh, my parents are both Welsh and were born in Cardiff.
How would you describe your music style?
The best description we have been given was 'Baroque Rock'! We seem to be gradually getting heavier over time...
What’s been your best live experience?
This would be a close match between playing in front of 3000 people at Liverpool's Matthew Street Festival, or playing at Norway's Fosnavag Rock festival! Such a great festival they really love new British bands, and we cannot wait to go back soon! We also had the pleasure of supporting Space in Buckley, Wales last year...the Welsh crowds are always up for having at good time!
You have a new release coming soon can you tell us more about that?
Yes that's right- a double A-side, but we are leading the release with the track Emilia, which according to Ste is an anti love song. We have just finished filming the video which will be released next month, it will be our first multi shot video of which from what we have seen thus far looks amazing!
Will you be coming to Wales sometime in the future?
Yes we would love to play Cardiff! It has been a while since I have been back to the capital and visited various relatives!