Even though you might not have heard of them before, The Monks of Mellonwah are not new to the international rock scene. Formed back in 2009, they have released three EPs and a full-length album so far. They’ve also toured extensively both in their native Australia and in the US, where they opened for Sevendust and Scott Stapp.
The band’s latest offering, entitled Disconnect, is a 7-track EP due for release at the end of August.
Disconnect makes it abundantly clear that The Monks of Mellonwah are competent musicians who can confidently deliver one good tune after an other. The musicianship is solid, and there are plenty of catchy hooks here. Songs like Never Been Good, lead single Show Me Something More and the lighter-in-the-air title track are sure to go down well with college radio scenesters.
On the whole, however, Disconnect leaves me mostly underwhelmed. There are one or two curveballs – the falsetto vocals on Show Me Something More are unexpected; and the obviously entitled Interlude, though a bit high on the cheese factor, is a refreshing break – but these aren’t nearly enough to keep me interested.
The songs on offer are by-the-numbers, vanilla radio rock and the EP as a whole is quite predictable and one-dimensional. I’m also not a fan of the obviously auto-tuned vocals.
Whilst definitely catchy, Disconnect isn’t particularly memorable. The Monks of Mellonwah will have to do better than this if they want to get to the next level.