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1) Summer of the Mosquito
2) I Wanna Hide in Yesterday
3) Jerry's Can
4) Cut Knuckle
5) The Dystopian Days of Yore
6) Feeling Together Feels Alright
7) Yo Dad
8) Tumble Downs
10) Do It Twice
Melbourne four-piece Monnone Alone (led by former Lucksmiths bassist Mark Monnone) return with their long-awaited second album Summer of The Mosquito.
Since Monnone Alone’s 2013 album Together at Last the band have refined and cultivated their sound, landing plumb in the sweet spot where jangle and power-pop collide. So far audiences have been blessed by a procession of impossibly catchy singles (‘Cut Knuckle’, ‘Do It Twice’ and, most recently, the album’s title track ‘Summer of the Mosquito’), and the remainder of the album follows suit with joyously cranked-up guitars, king-sized hooks and equally large choruses.
Having toured Together at Last through the US and Europe in 2013-14 on a rotating lineup, Mark Monnone got working back at home to solidify the group's membership. Drawing upon some of his favourite local bands, he enlisted players Joe Foley (Aleks & the Ramps) on bass, Louis Richter (Mid-State Orange) on guitar and Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki, The Smallgoods) who returns to the throne having played the drums on – and co-produced – the first album.
With a newly cemented lineup, Monnone Alone have spent the last few years caressing their new vibe – one that owes as much to sweaty Aus Rock à la Hoodoo Gurus and Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls as it does to Television Personalities, The Chills and The Kinks.
Recorded and mixed by Melbourne-based Welsh producer Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals), with assistance from drummer Gus Franklin, Summer of the Mosquito is a big ol’ sun-smooch from a Melbourne band in no hurry to be anywhere but right here right now, and a songwriter happy to glimpse back briefly before being swept forward in life’s inevitable undertow.
“One could fit Summer of the Mosquito right next to the best work of Matthew Sweet, Velvet Crush, or Teenage Fanclub and not notice any drop in quality. It's that good. A batch of songs that punch through the speakers with vigour and imprint their melodies like a tattoo of the sun." – All Music