The Limousines, Mona
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
This event is 21 and over
The Limousines are an Electropop band based in the Bay Area, California. The band consists of songwriter and vocalist Eric Victorino, and multi-instrumentalist and producer Giovanni Giusti. The band has had comparisons drawn with MGMT.
Victorino, who had previously performed with rock band Strata, stated that he was "tired of band politics" and "needed another outlet, one that wasn't quite as dark and heavy". Giusti and Victorino started the Limousines after communicating online and exchanged lyrics, music and recorded vocals online.
The band played at Live 105's BFD concert, Treasure Island Music Festival 2009, opening for Duran Duran's show at Mountain Winery. In 2009, the band received local and some national radio airplay and chart success on Sirius/XM's Alt Nation with the song "Very Busy People". In late 2009, they independently released their first physical record, The Scrapbook EP, on dual 7" white vinyl. It features four songs originally available only as MP3 demos: "Scrapbook 1998", "Plans Are Just Coincidence", "New Year's Resolution", and "ithinkican".
The band released their debut album Get Sharp on July 27, 2010 through iTunes and Hot Topic on indie label Orchard City Books and Noise. The album most notably features the songs "Very Busy People" and "Internet Killed the Video Star".
"You begin to wonder, are we the townspeople or are we the monster?" says Nick Brown, the band's front man and producer. The pastor's son named the group after his grandmother, Mona Brown, who was a worship leader in the same denomination as Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. MONA is a four-piece band that carries a rock and roll attitude based in spiritual roots whether they are playing to 9 people in a dive bar or 90,000 at a festival. Brown, along with fellow Dayton, OH native Vince Gard and Kentucky boys Zach Lindsey and Jordan Young come swinging once again with Torches & Pitchforks, a sophomore album that demands attention.
The band has not done too shabby over the last couple of years. Inking a deal with Universal Music Groups Mercury/Island Def Jam Records and then releasing its self-titled, critically acclaimed debut album proved to be just the beginning for the four Midwest boys. Mona earned them a spot on the BBC's prestigious "Sounds of 2011" and saw them named MTV Awards' "Brand New Honors for 2011." MONA climbed into the Top 40 in the UK and leapt into the Top 20 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart after its US release in February 2012. The band also went on to TV appearances on Later...With Jools Holland, The Tonight Show and Conan, not to mention two years straight of international tours which has helped them fully develop their, "leave it all on the stage" attitude. While headlining plenty of shows along the way they were also invited on the road with the likes of Robert Plant, Arcade Fire, Noel Gallagher and Kings of Leon and at this point MONA shows no signs of slowing down.
"We want our music to be heard by more and more people, but our responsibility is to be truthful to ourselves," says Nick. "We try to have a song for every human emotion, which I still call the 'Three F's... Faith, fucking and fighting.'"
Torches & Pitchforks wrestles with the idea of 'who is really good and who's really evil?' and lives up to the imagery of frightened villagers chasing after the town monster. The songs depict a dualistic world and walk a thin line challenging the listener to find solace only in the music itself and not rely on old familiar ways or the new modern life.
Recorded and produced by Nick in his Nashville home and mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Sly and the Family Stone, Chris Isaak), MONA prove they are not afraid to take artistic risks, even if the pressure is on for commercial success.
Blending scorched earth rockers like the lead single "Goons (Baby, I Need It All)," the gauntlet-dropping, Led Zeppelin inspired "Cross the Line" and self-declared "summer drunk song," "Wasted," are the yin to the yang of emotional back and forth relationship songs "Freeway" and "Like You Do." MONA touch even more emotions with the rockabilly chugging of "Darlin," the "take you to church" gospel title track "Torches & Pitchforks, a tribute to all blue collar workers with "Late Night" and the epic, Beatles-esque, six-minute closer "Love Divine," with Brown channeling John Lennon's primal scream. If that wasn't enough, "Truth," "Me Under" and "L.L.L." in addition to head space changing interludes take the listener on a 48 minute journey to contemplate all things human.
Once again with the dualism Brown says "our band motto is, 'Dead Serious, Just Kidding.'" "Rock and roll can change the world, but we're also just two pieces of Ohio white trash and two Kentucky rednecks making noise. We don't have any expectations as to what the album will sell or how critics will view it, but as artists we are really proud of it and I think our fans will be too. I want MONA to be a band that matters. If people do latch on to us, I don't want them to think they are wasting their time. We want to touch all emotions and be a part of the soundtrack to their lives." .....and encourage everyone to have a little fun along the way."
Sure, you’ve probably heard of a boy named Sue, but what about a girl named Timothy? The distinctive female forename happens to belong to the equally unique singer of Portland-based indie-pop band Dresses. Comprised of Timothy Heller (vocals/ukulele/piano) and Jared Ryan Maldonado (vocals/guitar), the frock-rock duo have been playing music together since January 2012 and are eagerly anticipating the release of their SideOneDummy debut album, Sun Shy, digitally on September 3 and physically on October 22, 2013.
Though Heller and Maldonado, both 21, lived only two miles away from each other in Stumptown, it wasn’t until discovering they had a bunch of mutual friends in common online that they decided to connect and try to write music together. “She was coming over one day after school and I was really nervous because I had nothing to work on. I had never written with someone else,” says Maldonado, remembering the first IRL encounter he had with Heller. “As she was actually getting off the bus, I wrote the first few lines of ‘Blew My Mind.’ She came in, I played it for her and she loved it.”
Not only is “Blew My Mind” the first song Dresses ever wrote together, but it’s also the first single off Sun Shy and perfectly summarizes what the band is all about, musically: Sunny melodies and dynamic guitars with a lyrical undercurrent forced by bruised hearts and broken dreams. Whether listening to “Back To Life,” a playful tale of new love, or “Tell A Lie,” a refined romp about making every moment count, Heller and Maldonado are able to artfully balance introspection with affection. In fact, writing about love comes easy to the couple, which happens to be dating in real life.
“It’s nice because we enjoy spending time together and I love listening to what she writes and sings,” says Maldonado of the pair’s personal and professional partnership. Adds Heller, “It makes things really easy, nice and comforting. Showing music you’re working on to others can be difficult, but it’s a lot easier to show Jared something personal I wrote because we’re so close.” For now, though, the lovebirds are concentrating on the release of Sun Shy and sharing the beautiful music they make together.
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