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Hometown: Austin, Texas



Austin-based band Monahans (not “The Monahans”), named for the desolate West Texas sand hills, balances thundering rhythms and atmospheric “landscape rock” with urgent pop anthems and spiritual campfire balladry (think Explosions In the Sky + R.E.M + Neil Young). Since their 2006 inception, Monahans have toured in support of Centro-matic and Cowboy Junkies, and played alongside the likes of J. Tillman & Magnolia Electric Co. Albums to date include Low Pining(2007, Undertow) and the 2009 Misra debut Dim The Aurora.

The current lineup includes Ramble Creek studio engineer/producer Britton Beisenherz, Roberto Sanchez and Greg Vanderpool (both former Milton Mapes members), and longtime Spoon bassist Joshua Zarbo.

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  • Covert Curiosity on Monahans

    over 4 years ago

    Austin's own Monahans just released the final installment in their monthly recording series titled "2010 Recordings." The tenth and final song is called "Seabirds", and includes vocals by Sinead O'Connor. more at

  • Covert Curiosity on Monahans

    over 4 years ago

    Named for the West Texas sandhills, Austin-based Monahans are self described as "landscape rock-and-roll." The band's first release, Low Pining, found its way to various year-end favorites lists, with Magnet Magazine listing it as one of the "10 Hidden Treasures of 2007" and Harp Magazine calling it an "under-the-radar gem." After hearing rough mixes of the sophomore album "glowing from the speakers," Monahans were picked up by Misra Records, who will release the band's second album, Dim The Aurora, this May. more at

  • Covert Curiosity on Monahans

    over 4 years ago

    After a few months spent plotting a killer day party with my good friends from Sonic Itch Music and Cubik Musik, we're excited to invite you to Above The Radar. more at

  • HarpMagazine

    HarpMagazine on Monahans

    over 7 years ago

    It’s the brooding, dissonant guitars and ominous rhythms bringing visions of storm clouds and waves across the ocean that make this an under the radar gem. more at

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