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As bass player and co-songwriter in The Lucksmiths, Mark Monnone was responsible for such radiant moments as 'T-Shirt Weather' and 'Take This Lying Down'. Since the Australian band's demise in 2009, Monnone has sharpened the focus on his songwriting and resurfaced, with heart on sleeve, singing tales of urban romance and misadventure.
The Pink Earrings single is his debut release as Monnone Alone — a slightly misleading moniker considering he rarely performs solo. In this instance he has Drew Cramer (Still Flyin'/Personal & the Pizzas) and Utrillo Kushner (Comets On Fire) helping out on bass and drums respectively. Recorded by Cramer in his San Francisco basement, the sound is raw and immediate and recalls the unfettered simplicity of early Pastels and Television Personalities.
1) Pink Earrings
2) When We Hit the Ground
Release/catalogue number: L&L070
Release date: Jul 4, 2011