Brevard Happening heard about Monday’s Mona Lisa serendipitously via Facebook in April. We were checking out the Brevard County Fair’s “wall” when we happened upon a video of the band playing a rocking rendition of Modern English’s “Melt With You” on the mainstage at Wickham park, recorded a few nights prior.
It was clear from the video that Monday’s Mona Lisa wasn’t your standard, everyday high school rock band. These kids had talent, good taste in New Wave, and an interesting name. “Send us more information,” we posted on the band’s Facebook page, thinking a profile about them would make the perfect inaugural post about a Brevard band.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and we’re on the front patio of Monday’s Mona Lisa rehearsal headquarters in Indian Harbour Beach, shaking hands with its very young members. There’s…
- Austin Forcier. Oldest of the group at 17. Frontman. Guitar. Vocals. Lyrics. Poet.
- Dustin Forcier. Austin’s younger brother. 15. Keyboard. Vocals. Musical genius.
- Manny Fawcett. 15. Lead guitar. Bonafide shredder.
- Wyatt Kassin. 15. Drums. Comic relief.
- Taylor Hewitt. 15. Electric bass. Backbone.
Pleasantries aside, we start asking questions. How did Monday’s Mona Lisa come together? What’s the band’s story? What are your influences?
We learn that Austin began writing songs as a way to cope after his cousin died in Afghanistan. We learn that Monday’s Mona Lisa was originally called Ready In A Minute and consisted of the Forcier brothers alone, and that their first gig was the 2010 Art of Sand Festival in Cape Canaveral. We learn that the band has a contract with Bandhouse Music Group of Nashville, Tenn. and is in the process of cutting its first studio album.
We also learn…
The story behind the band’s name…
AF: At our first gig, I didn’t want to go out on stage without a name, but I couldn’t come up with one. Then, as we were getting our stuff, our mom was like, “You guys can’t be ready in a minute.” And I was like, yeah, we are. So that was our first name. Ready In A Minute. And I always wanted to change it, but never got around to it. Then, when me and Dustin and Manny had been playing together for about a year, we clicked together at practice. There was like a mini big bang going on. And I was like, this isn’t the same band it was two days ago. We have to change the name.
So I was thinking about it in the shower, trying to come up with a three word name, because I really like three word band names, and as I was latherin’, rinsin’ and repeatin’, I came up with Monday’s Mona Lisa. The Monday part kind of symbolizes the rebirth of the band and the Mona Lisa part, basically, represents what we want our music to do. We want to bring something new to what’s going on. We play very different music. It’s like pop-punk meets acoustic meets, like, 90s post-grunge rock meets country. We want to bring that to the forefront. We want our music to have the Mona Lisa effect.
And who the guys consider to be their influences…
AF: For me, personally, it’s Blink 182, Matchbox 20 and John Mayer. Blink 182 is the reason I started playing guitar. Rob Thomas has been a huge influence on me ever since I was little. I like the way he words stuff… really poetically and in depth. When I write a line, if it’s not Rob Thomas-worthy, I don’t keep it. Taylor?
TH: I really like Keith Urban… Three Days Grace. A Christian band I like is Mercy Me… and Casting Crowns… I like that kind of stuff.
WK: Alright well, um, I like a lot of different types of music. Mostly I listen to Blink 182, Nirvana and other 90s grunge rock, stuff like that. Lot of punk rock. Sum 41. Stuff like that.
DF: I am the complete opposite. I like more pop, modern day… like Adele, Kelly Clarkson. Broadway stuff. Yes!
AF: Or depressing stuff. Like Sarah McLa… McLau… how do you pronounce it?
DF: Yeah, that too. I like the sad stuff.
AF: He pulls that classical influence into the rock and it adds a really nice aspect. Manny?
MF: My favorite bands definitely have to be Blink 182, Guns ‘N Roses and All Time Low. I’m kind of obsessed with All Time Low. If you look through my MP3s, it’s all All Time Low.
But most importantly, we learn that Monday’s Mona Lisa is the real deal. Yeah, we freely admit that Brevard Happening is no Brevard Live, but trust us on this: local band Monday’s Mona Lisa deserves your attention. This Brevard-based group of five charming, funny and talented young men have chops. So get excited, Brevard, we have future superstars in our midst. And if you need convincing, check out this exclusive video of Monday’s Mona Lisa performing their original song, “Pages,” just for you.
Pay particular attention to the lyrics and make sure you watch the entire video. There’s a harmony at the end that will give you chills.
Want to hear Monday’s Mona Lisa LIVE? The band is playing Sat. May 5, 2012, to support the West Shore Jr./Sr. High School Relay for Life. They go on at around 9 p.m. Be there!
Is there a Brevard band you’d like to get to know a bit better with the help of Brevard Happening? Comment with your suggestions below.