After recently dropping their first new material in over five years, beloved Melbourne outfit Monnone Alone returns for kick-ons with new single ‘Do It Twice’. Despite a misleading nom de guerre, the off-kilter indie-pop group, lead by ex-Lucksmiths bassist and Lost and Lonesome label head Mark Monnone, continue to build from their humble solo beginnings while maintaining a winsome haze of collective introspection….
…Now featuring Joe FoleyFoley (Aleks & the Ramps) on bass, Louis Richter (Mid-State Orange) on guitar and Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki, The Smallgoods) returning to the throne having played drums on (and co-produced) the outfit’s first album Together at Last, Monnone Alone have finally resurfaced with recent track ‘Cut Knuckle’ and newcomer ‘Do it Twice’.
Recorded and mixed by Gareth Parton, assisted by the band’s drummer Gus Franklin ‘Do It Twice’ will hit the streaming waves and your record players with a limited run of 7” vinyl on Friday 22 February. In his rollicking mid-life singalong, Mark Monnone asks to see his past moments of interpersonal discomfort and raise them a double-whammy to see if they’ll all crash and burn one more time so he can revisit that awkward adrenaline rush and feel those “fever sweats and forever shakes.”
The single’s B-side ‘The Sea and the City’ is a cover of a song by San Francisco band The Mosquitoes, from their classic lost album of 2004 Our Generation. The album was recorded in Melbourne and Mark Monnone actually featured on drums.
Live, Monnone Alone feature a sonically-driven line-up with Richter’s 12- string riding high in the mix and Monnone’s growing collection of fuzz pedals finding their place among the glorious racket. All the while, as ever, the pop song wins out and Monnone’s proclivity for a winsome turn-of-phrase and bruised-but-beautiful melody continues to shine through both on stage and in the studio.
Be sure to catch Monnone Alone when they hit East Coast with shows in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney during March and April.
Monnone Alone ‘Do It Twice’ Tour Dates
Friday 29 March – Secret Collingwood location Melbourne VIC
Follow Monnone Alone facebook for the secret location.
Friday 12 April – Polish White Eagle Club, Canberra ACT
Supports: Dog Name + Petre Out & the Tyreslashers
Tickets via Trybooking
Sunday 14 April – Botany View Hotel, Sydney NSW
Supports: Even As We Speak
‘Do It Twice’ is out Friday 22 February via The Lost and Lonesome Recording Co.
Limited 7” vinyl available via www.lostandlonesome.com.au