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PREMIERE: This is how a debut track should sound! Monday Tones nail it with I Can Tell

Monday Tones I Can Tell

There’s nothing like a sweet little sunny rock tune to get you heated up for summer. The debut track I Can Tell from Sydney band Monday Tones lightens the mood just in time for the warmer months, and makes you feel like you should be sitting in one of those Corona ads with a beer on a tropical beach.

Monday Tones I Can Tell premiere

Striking a balance between fuzzed out guitars and smooth vocals, Sydney’s Monday Tones have a cracker of a debut on their hands with I Can Tell.

These boys have really hit the nail on the head, and have produced a track that yep, nails those lazy vibes. It’s a lo-fi, hazy guitar driven track that twists and turns between rock, folk rock, indie pop, and even a bit of grunge… not the really heavy, dirty sounding kind of grunge, more like a mellow, garage inspired, fuzzed out guitar kind of grunge.

The track started life as a piece for a short film, but was loved so much by the band, that according to band member Brendon Moon “We decided to make it a thing”. And from that, Monday Tones was born, a collaboration between Sydney siders Moon and Ryan K Brennan. Together, these guys have created a modest, yet punchy song that oozes laid back, mellow vibes and commands your attention.

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The first ten seconds of I Can Tell is pure guitar fuzz that sounds like it’s going to be a pretty heavily inspired grunge track. But as soon as the vocals take over, there is a smoothness to them that brings the essence of the song down a couple of notches and without even noticing, it’s taken a turn down the indie-rock road. It intertwines between genres so seamlessly, which for a debut single, is a pretty decent effort.

There is no sign of stilted or awkward changes that can sometime occur when genre-hopping. There is a simplicity here that makes its sound stand out. The vocals sound effortless and raw, and between the drums and guitar, the melody is straight forward and there is not one element of the composition that overpowers anything. If this track was any more complex, it wouldn’t have the same effect and would have ended up sounding messy and overworked.

With I Can Tell under their belts, Monday Tones will now head back into the studio and get cracking on an EP. They’ll also start looking to play some shows over the next few months once they have a few more tunes in the works. Be sure to keep an eye out for these guys.


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November 3, 2015