The Beat is back! The MonaLisa Twins are one of the very few modern bands who write original songs in the 60’s Beat music tradition, reviving the genre with a modern, fresh twist without sounding pop-ish or trivial.
On their debut album ‘When We’re Together’ they present the finest Rock ‘n’ Roll and Beat music, skilfully venturing out in Psychedelic, Folk and even Latin genres, inspired by the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel.
Their signature features are polyphonic harmonies and a wiry, bright guitar sound. The even mix of fun and depth in their music and lyrics brings back the spirit of this time and therefore speaks to a wide range of international audiences.
While listening to and playing all different kinds of music genres in their youth the girls stayed with the 60’s songwriting style, something they think is way too much neglected these days: “We aim to write songs which we ourselves would like to listen to and we always loved the spiritual, humorous and true-to-life mindset of the 60’s. However we aren’t nostalgic about it or trying to be “retro.” We simply believe that something great had been started in this era that is worthy of being continued.”
The core of the band are two 19 year old girls, actual twins named Mona and Lisa. Originally from Austria, they traveled extensively, performing in the USA, Australia and UK in their teens. They started out with cover songs on YouTube and released two CD’s with covers in 2007 and 2008. At 16 they decided to go for a professional music career and began to record their debut album ‘When We’re Together’, which was released in 2012.
Since then they’ve played lots of live shows in small to medium-sized venues and festivals in Continental Europe and UK. On their travels they always do a lot of busking too, to raise interest for their own music and to gain new followers.
Worldwide they’re getting regular airplay on various kinds of radio stations (college/internet/FM radios incl. BBC). They love doing radio and TV interviews, and their debut album and music videos received remarkable reviews in known online blogs and magazines.
The twins produced a decent number of high quality music videos, which have garnered a total of over 2 million views, with top rankings for their genre and thousands of subscribers on YouTube and Facebook so far. All these activities and their excellent musicianship are adding to a fast growing, highly international fan community.
Their new live video for ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was posted to celebrate The Beatles 50th Anniversary.
I Saw Her Standing There (Live) – MonaLisa Twins
Their new album ‘MonaLisa Twins Play Beatles & More,’ a fan-requested compilation of first-class live and studio cover recordings is due for release March 28, 2014. Listen to it below.
Moving forward through 2014, Mona and Lisa are dedicated to work on releasing more music videos and writing new songs. The girls will be playing at the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Liverpool (2 gigs at the famous Cavern Club) and London’s ‘Surya’.