RIYL: OFF!, Circle Jerks, Die Kreuzen, Black Flag, early C.O.C., Voivod, Career Suicide, Annihilation Time
Chicago has always had a strong relationship with punk rock, and the members of The Mons have been there for the better part of it. Comprised of ex-members of Apocalypse Hoboken, The Arrivals, The Mashers and Lynyrd’s Innards, The Mons walk the line between snotty ’77-esque punk and classic early 80s hardcore.
A demo, an EP and a full length later, the band returns this year on Triple Eye with their blistering second full length, “The Mons Trust No One”.
Armed with the unpredictable energy of an over-caffienated preschooler,“The Mons Trust No One” is relentless and punishing and doesn’t let up for the entirety of the album’s 22 minutes. While earlier offerings featured echoes of Buzzcocks-esque melodicism,“The Mons Trust No One” finds the band moving into even more aggressive and darker territory, drawing on the tension and aggression of acts like Die Kreuzen, Government Issue, BLAST! and early COC. The pre-emptive eulogy of “Dead Dick Fan Fiction” features drummer Andy Mons bashing away fiercely, backing up a wall of seriously ugly guitar work. “God Hates the Mons” finds the band at their most metallic, melding Slayer-esque voicings with a Maiden-esque gallop. “Alarm Clock” possesses a rock n roll swagger that the band has yet to fully explore, delivered with a snotty two finger salute. The five second blast of “No Puppet” serves as the “All/No, All” of “The Mons Trust No One”, while “This is Why” conjures up the sound of early 90s San Diego before sprinting full speed to the finish line.
We are delighted to welcome The Mons to the family here at Triple Eye Industries and are pleased to announce the release of “The Mons Trust No One” due out Fall 2017. Stay tuned for pre-order info.
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The Mons is:
- HOFFMAN - guitar
- EIFRIG - guitar
- VECCHIO - vocals
- PETERSON - drums
- MERRIMAN - bass