Live Musician Profile : Hey Monea

Live Musician Profile : Hey Monea

By James Dennison

One of the bright stars in the Canton music scene is the alt rock band Hey Monea. The band takes its name from the brothers Dan Monea who sings lead, plays guitar and piano and Nate Monea who plays drums and sings harmony. Joining them to complete the band is bassist Adam Orin. The group has been around more than ten years having started performing in 2005.

Hey Monea made a name for themselves by winning a Hard Rock cafe sponsored contest Hard Rock Rising (billed as the world’s largest battle of the bands) to win an opening spot for Bruce Springstein in London at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling festival concert but has sustained itself as a formidable force in NE Ohio music by playing shows and festivals and touring the world playing the Rombello Cruise and The Rock Boat, both being live music themed cruises.

The Trio fills the stage with hot guitar licks and smooth blended harmonies. Their songs have a bounce and groove to them that’s rare and desperately needed in rock today, but while they’ve obviously mastered fun pop music the trio can do somber and sometimes haunting tunes switching effortlessly from loud to quiet in a way reminiscent of Kings of Leon, Guster or 311.

When they are not chugging around the nation in their trusty Winnebago, the band remains good old Canton boys who love fishing in the creek, drinking local beer at Buzzbin and playing pinball at the local arcade. In the summers you can find the group playing some of the best acoustic singer / songwriter shows offered in the area.

The band is represented by Jealous Entertainment and has three albums available. The latest release The Fifty is one of the best efforts the band has put forward yet. Every song on the record is pure gold. The energy is high and the recording really captures the personality of the band in the way previous recordings came very close to. Hey Monea is a great live band and this studio recording feels like a live music experience.

Check out Hey Monea live at Pittsburgh Winery on March 18th, at Musica in Akron on March 25th and at The Back Room at Bells Eccentric Cafe, March 26th in Kalamazoo, Michigan. All three of Hey Monea’s albums can be purchased on Itunes and their future tour dates can be found on their website www.heymonea.com