Rock, Pop, Indie, Eclectic
Comparison Skunk Anansie, Rage Against the Machine, Faith No More, Pink, Avril Lavigne
music to control your mind ‘coz can’t stop humming those tunes. lush, pop infused melodies, lyrical journeys & a driving, hard rock edge
Singer/songwriter MonAnnLisa Wilde has had song melodies and lyrics dancing around in her head for as long as she can remember. Born in Africa’s beautiful Ivory Coast to an Ivorian mother and Egyptian father, MonAnnLisa is finally getting those songs out to the masses via a brand new EP, titled I Last Saw U on Facebook.
Having moved from Africa to Australia as a young woman, relocation took away her comfort zones and subsequently made her a stronger person. The move showed her that there are many different ways of life and many different styles of music, which made her more open as an artist and songwriter.
Her uncanny songwriting ability and keen ear for music is displayed on her upcoming debut EP, Last Time I Saw U On Facebook. Recorded over a 14-month period, the five-song EP shows MonAnnLisa and her band’s growth as they honed their pop-rock sound. The EP’s title track is the perfect example of MonAnnLisa’s penchant for writing lyrics that reflect everyday life. The track was originally conceived after a conversation about friends, family, etc., with a former coworker who was glancing through her Facebook page. MonAnnLisa thought the song was complete but as fate would have it, something happened that made her give the song a whole new meaning. “I made friends with a guy who was to make the video clip. The very evening he had invited me for drinks with his mate, his mate got hit by a car just as he stepped his foot on the road. I went on Facebook to see what happens to a profile when someone moves on to the next life. What I found was they are not gone, they’re still alive as the profiles are still alive as today, so I did edit the lyrics to include the situation.”
With tracks produced by Sven & Ritchie and Peter Northcote, the EP features something for everyone. One of the newer tracks like “Love Revolution” was written for today’s love and relationships, especially for gays, lesbians, interracial lovers, etc. while the rock number “Shibuya” was inspired by the beauty of the trendy Tokyo, Japan neighborhood of the same name. Older songs like “F.U.C.Kill Me” and “Shut Up the Police” feature a more pop sound than the band’s later works but still hit home lyrically.
Another big part of MonAnnLisa’s appeal is her energetic stage show. Along with her band, which consists of Marcos Gil (Bass), James Lebios (Lead), Sandra Lie (Rhythm Guitar) and James Mirza (Drums), the eclectic artist belies her beauty with hard rocking performances that consistently wow audiences. Ironically, MonAnnLisa finds performing to be overwhelming and fulfilling at the same time. “The best thing about it is seeing people singing along to the tunes that you wrote. It makes it all worth it.”
Monannlisa and band have played at a range of Sydney live music venues including the Annandale Hotel, Tone and the Beach Road Hotel.
“The thing I love most about creating music is taking all the lovely tunes and songs that live in my head and sharing them with the outside world,” says MonAnnLisa. “I will keep writing and playing till I leave this life.” With a video clip for her first single already circulating and a follow up EP planned for a 2012 release, it seems that this is only the beginning of the world’s experience with MonAnnLisa’s very unique mix of talent, voice and swagger.
“This new singer/songwriter is all class and is backed by a superb band. What a team! They will undoubtedly go far. They all really delivered tonight and could well be the best act we have ever had at Music Lab”
Hal, Music Lab Blog
“Your music is for now. It’s a new style of rock”
“I didn’t expect a band which looks like you do, to sound the way you do.”
“You’re the rock fairy, you’re the female Jimi Hendrix, there’s no-one like you in music today.”
(extremely drunk) fan