Mona 2018 Mona first emerged in 2010 with a series of infectious singles that had The Guardian swooning for their “pounding drums, ringing guitars, [and] propulsive bass lines.” They landed a high profile major label deal, and after a showstopping performance on Later… With Jools Holland, the group was shortlisted on the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll, named one of NME’s Best New Bands, and took home MTV’s Brand New award for emerging artist of the year. They delivered on the buzz and then some with their self-titled debut album, a fierce and ambitious collection that cracked the Top 40 in the UK and earned them performances on The Tonight Show and Conan in the States along with sold-out headline shows and support bills with the likes of Robert Plant, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, and Noel Gallagher.