Forming from the ashes of beloved 90’s mid-western pop punk act Mulligan Stu, Mono In Stereo came on the scene with their debut long-player ‘Long For Yesterday’, here’s what fans and critics had to say:
“There is more soul in the opening track Late Night Confessor than the twenty best bands in your town have combined.” – Rich Quinlan, Jersey Beat Magazine
“If heartland punk is not a recognized genre of music, it probably should be. And Mono In Stereo is its next great band.” – Lord Rutledge, Faster And Louder
“Loud guitars and anthemic choruses are the order of the day here.” – Power Pop News
“Blistering punk rock assaults, to pounding anthems that shout their way out of the speakers, to mid-tempo reflections on the past, the present and the future, to Americana-tinged Power Pop, and more.” – Pop That Goes Crunch
Rockford Illinois’ second favorite sons return with their sophomore chapter ‘Can’t Stop The Bleeding’.
Mono In Stereo are not just a band but a family of blood brothers that bring out the true sound of the heartland: melding the seemingly disparate influences of Bruce Springsteen, '80s hardcore, alt country, and classic mid-western punk. We’re talking sincere songwriting, no-nonsense rocking tunes, and choruses that practically explode out of your earbuds. While in many ways similar to more recent bands like the Menzingers, Off With Their Heads and The Hold Steady, Mono In Stereo owes just as much to the mid-western legacy of Husker Du, The Replacements, Naked Raygun and Pegboy.
Equal parts anthems, ballads, and straight-ahead rockers, pulling from a lifetime of musical influences that come together in a fully identifiable way.
Demonstrating that loud guitars and big hooks still have a place in “mature” rock n’ roll, Mono In Stereo piled into the basement… literally. With a case of cold ones, notebook pages sprawled out with lyrics and images of times long past, hooks, choruses, guitars, bass and drums, and cranked out the next chapter in their heart-felt, heartland punk legacy. Including the gut-wrenching fist raising, sing-a-long choruses of “Different Kind Of Man”, mid-western angst and youthful aggression in “Fores”, and the lead guitar breakdown that’ll be stuck in your head with the first single “The Conversation”, Mono In Stereo have delivered a 5 Pack EP filled top to bottom with anthems for a new today.
Great songs with lyrics that speak to the human experience. Pop open a cold one, drop the needle, have a seat, and let these songs sink in. It’s going to be a fine summer. Everything is going to be alright. We just know it will.
See you at the bar.
released June 21, 2019
Mono In Stereo is:
Kevin Kalen, Mike Melenas, Jordan Acosta and Bill Maynard
Keys on “Different Kind of Man” by Shawndell Marks
All songs by Mono In Stereo except “Fores” by Mono In Stereo & Tom Petty
Produced by Mono In Stereo
Recorded and Mixed by Mono In Stereo
Mastered by Justin Perkins at the Mystery Room
Cover Artwork by Art Friedl
Special thanks: Mike Hawk, Tim Spinler, Malibu Lou Mansdorf, Art Friedl, Tricia Datema, Shawndell Marks, Nathaniel and Jen Fores, Paul Kennedy, James Hogan, Dave Ensminger, Jim Prell, Skybar Lusardi, Tom Baker, Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band, The Right Here, Darwin Sampson and the entire Frequency Family Madison WI (RIP), Cats on Leashes, Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems, Turnspit, The Avenues, Skyler and Lauren at Culture Shock, Jack and the staff at Mary’s Place Rockford IL, Cody Mathis for making us feel at home in St. Louis and most of all our wives, girlfriends and families for their support and forgiveness.
This record is dedicated to our brother Nathaniel Fores and everyone fighting for LGBTQ equality. You will not be marginalized. You are NOT alone.
Rum Bar Records is turning into one of the absolute best labels for real rock and roll these days, if you haven't gotten hip to that trip. It's the boss sound from the Boss-town." - Bill Kelly, Bill Kelly's Teenage Wasteland WFMU
supported by 5 fans who also own “Can't Stop the Bleeding”
Beer! Fun! Shapely ladies! Load up the woodie and head to the beach with this super tasty can of Beach Boys-meets-Ramones suds. Nostalgic? Sure. Fun as a beach bunny after a six-pack? YOU BETCHA!!!! Good Stuff! thedoggboy
supported by 4 fans who also own “Can't Stop the Bleeding”
Reminded me of why I got into power pop all those years ago. But not the corny Beatles worshipping shit, the GOOD powerpop with some bite like the first Beat record and the Real Kids! Hope this isn't the only record they put out. But if they stop right here, they go out on top. Ben Brower