Independent London label Fretsore Records is very pleased to announce its newest signing: THE MONO LPS
A dynamic Liverpool outfit self-described as “rock'n'roll… with a cello”, the quartet comprises frontman/guitarist Ste Reid, cellist/vocalist Vicky Reid, bassist Chris Barlow, and drummer Tom McCabe. Expressing their excitement about the signing, the band say:
“We are so happy that we have found a home for our second album. We have been waiting for the right people who understand the concept of the album and we feel Fretsore Records get us as a band and our music. We are looking forward to this exciting new beginning.” The Mono LPs’ first release with the tastemaker imprint will be: “Hell, Save My Soul”, an explosive new single of renegade rock’n’roll. Arriving Halloween weekend, the track will be available everywhere on 30th October 2020.
“Hell, Save My Soul” offers a tantalising taste of a forthcoming new album, ‘Shuffle/Play’, confirmed for release on the label in 2021. With a broad range of influences from Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, classical music and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the band will be harnessing them all (and more) in a collection of tracks that promises to showcase their versatility and eclecticism with an electrifying “jukebox style”.
Of the signing, label owner of Fretsore Records Ian Sephton states. “As soon as I heard the songs from the new album 'Shuffle/Play', I had no doubt we had something very special on our hands. Having built a solid reputation and following on Merseyside, our challenge for the rest of 2020 with the album release in 2021 is to extend this to the rest of the UK and hopefully beyond. And it's not every day you sign a rock band with its own cellist!!"
Created by accident, The Mono LPs started when Ste Reid chanced upon Vicky (then-Mutch), a relation of Elvis Costello, in a coffee shop. Intrigued by the huge case Vicky was holding, Ste asked her what string instrument she was playing - the rest is history. With the unusual addition of a cello into the mix, The Mono LPs’ distinct baroque-fuelled, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll sound has earned them a dedicated fanbase (the ‘Monettes’), media praise from the likes of NME and BBC Introducing and fans in the music community including Mick Jones, Alan McGee, Blood Red Shoes and The View. Impressing at major festivals such as Kendal Calling and Sound City, the band’s local shows at the famous Cavern Club and Zanzibar in their hometown have proven wall-to-wall sell-outs. Releasing their debut: ‘States of Decay’ to acclaim in 2016, The Mono LPs are now readying its long awaited follow-up for release on Fretsore Records in the New Year. Watch this space.