Introducing: Monks of Mellonwah

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The Monks of Mellonwah are an alternative rock group from Sydney, Australia.  Formed in 2009 by school friends Vikram Kaushik, Joshua Baissari and brothers Joseph and John de la Hoyde, the Monks, as they are also known, received significant Australian radio play with their first EP, “Stars are Out”, released in 2010.  Their first video, for their song, “Swamp Groove”, in 2011, was shown on ABC TV’s flagship music programme, RAGE.  Second EP “Neurogenesis”, was released in 2012, and garnered the group international airplay as well as tours of both Australia and the US.  “Neverending Spirit”, from this EP was used in an episode of MTV’s “The Real World: St. Thomas”.  Subsequent EP releases were “Sky and the Dark Night”, “Ghost Stories”, and “Afraid to Die”, all in 2013.  Their debut full length album, “Turn The People”, was released last year.

Citing influences including Pink Floyd, Muse, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Monks are currently in the studio recording the follow up to “Turn the People”.  “Hide Away” is the first sample of the new album – featuring an upbeat, magnetic groove and soaring vocals, “Hide Away” it’s an exciting taste of what is yet to come.

You can find Monks of Mellonwah on their website, and Twitter.

“Hide Away” is now available to buy on iTunes, and is released on Gatcombe Music.  You can find the rest of their releases on their iTunes band site. Check out the official video for “Hide Away”:

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