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Mona Discuss New Single, ‘Goons (Baby I Need It All)’ – Video Premiere


“Frank Sinatra, when he was talking about rock ‘n’ roll, referenced the genre and the people who listened to it as cretinous goons,” says Nick Brown of Nashville-via-Ohio rockers Mona, explaining in the above video — which is pleased to premiere — the story behind his band’s new single, ‘Goons (Baby I Need It All).’ “[But] if Sinatra was born later, he would’ve been a rock ‘n’ roll guy. He was rock ‘n’ roll.”

Mona are rock ‘n’ roll guys, too, of course, but the Sinatra reference makes sense — it’s in line with the band’s retro style, which mixes ’50s greaser haircuts, tight white t-shirts and dark wayfarer shades with a punky, garage-rock sound, as highlighted on the band’s self-titled 2011 debut album.

Mona formed in Dayton and Bowling Green, Ohio, and soon relocated to Nashville, but it’s been England that has really embraced the band. Nick Brown and the boys issued their debut single, ‘Listen to Your Love,’ across the pond months before doing so in the States, and they followed it up with a high-profile performance on BBC’s ‘Later… with Jools Holland.’ After being long-listed for BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll, they dropped their debut album, rocked ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ and hit the road with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

And now they’re back with ‘Goons (Baby I Need It All),’ the first single off their sophomore album. Mona have been holed up in their Nashville home studio working on the as-yet-untitled disc, but there’s no word yet on when it’s expected to drop. Expect a video for ‘Goons’ to be rolled out sometime soon, and in the meantime, check out Mona talking about the track in the clip above.

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