Monks of Mellonwah

Band Info
Monks of Mellonwah
Band Name: Monks of Mellonwah
Official Website: Band Website
Origin: Sydney, Australia
Year Formed: 2010
Band Members: Vikram Kaushik (vocals), Joe de la Hoyde (backing vocals/guitar), John de la Hoyde (bass), Josh Baissari (drums)
Genres: Alternative, Indie

Monks of Mellonwah







Monks of Mellonwah Background Info

The Monks of Mellonwah are a four-piece alternative/indie rock band based in Sydney, Australia. The band has toured nationally and traveled to the United States twice, winning awards for Best Indie Rock Band (2012 AIM Awards) and Best International Act (2012 LA Music Awards). Their two EP’s and subsequent music videos have gained them worldwide critical acclaim, airplay on MTV’s network and extensive radio play.”

Strongly influenced by rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, Muse, Pink Floyd and the Chili Peppers, the Monks’s music displays a masterful and unique blend of intense space, driving riffs and sharp metaphors. As their sound evolved, so did their love for both classic rock and modern progression/experimentation.

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Monks of MellonwahA beautiful Pop/Rock fusion, Monks of Mellonwah is well worth a listen, and not just because they have an awesome name (seriously, is that not one of the coolest names for a band you’ve heard?), but also because they brilliantly take the best of both Rock and Pop and meld it into a harmony-driven, melodic listening experience that will give you ear-boners.  Yes, I said ear-boners.  Lead singer, Vikram Kaushik, has a voice that is absolutely masterful and powerfully compelling, which I felt was best showcased in the song “Neurogenesis“.

Currently working on their debut full-length album, The Monks, as they are referred to, have released three EPs: Neurogenesis (2012), Sky and the Dark Night (2013), and Ghost Stories (2013).  What makes each of these EPs special is that each one is a completely different direction than the last.   For my personal taste, I was actually a bigger fan of Neurogenesis than the other two.  That’s not to say the other two EPs weren’t good.  In fact, they were exceptionally great, but I really enjoyed Neurogenesis (both the EP and the song).

Monks of MellonwahBecause the band is still relatively young and exploring their sound, it makes sense that they would be experimenting with as many sounds and genres as possible to see what they like and what fits them best.  It is for that reason that I am excited to hear their upcoming full-length album, which is supposed to have a similar sound to Neurogenesis.  If it has the same ferocious guitars, driving melodies and vicious drumbeats, I’m betting it will be a massive success.

Monks of Mellonwah are a heavy, Rocky, powerful band that is certainly headed in the right direction.  People across the globe are starting to take notice, and it won’t be long before The Monks have their big breakout.  Give them a listen via SoundCloud below.  Also be sure to check out either their SoundCloud or Bandcamp page to listen to their other two EPs.  Let me know which one you liked the most in the comments below!  Enjoy!


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Sydney NSW, Australia

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