Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be checking out ‘Never Been Good,’ the new track from Monks of Mellonwah. Formed in 2009, the Monks are a four-piece alternative rock group from Sydney, Australia. Since their inception, they’ve been on a number of tours, covered by a myriad of musical outlets, and they’ve received significant radio play internationally. Thus, they’re one of the more powerful forces we’ve dug into for the Independent Spotlight. Is ‘Never Been Good’ worth the hype?
Even though the Monks of Mellonwah describe themselves as indie rock or alternative rock, I’m not sure if that’s how I’d choose to classify them. It’s a very poppy sound. It’s funky, uplifting, and well produced, but at the end of the day, more pop than anything. The band’s look is even a tad boy bandish. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that; I’d probably just connect their sound to someone like Justin Timberlake before I did an indie rock band. (Though you could certainly argue that this electronic pop sound is still prominent in indie rock, too. These guys sound a lot like the Wombats.)
Having now established them as more of a pop act than anything, the song is the next thing in question. It’s a really well made song. The beats are fun and exciting, the vocal performances uplifting, and the harmonies absolutely wonderful. I can tell you right now that these guys have the girls swooning in the audience at every show. Lyrically, it isn’t too insightful or meaningful, but that isn’t the point, is it? It’s a song made for a party or a dance, not for deep analyzing.
‘Never Been Good’ is a fantastic song for a dance, a workout playlist, or just about any occasion that you need to get pumped up and ready to go. It taps a very specific niche of independent music, but it’s also one of the larger ones of the genre. So, it makes sense why the band is being received so well. It’s very consumer-friendly music. Just because it’s consumer friendly, however, doesn’t mean it isn’t good. It’s worth your time; check out the single at the link below.