March 6, 2020 (New York, NY)– mmmonika has returned with a new sound and honest narrative with the release of their new single, “Don’t Do It.” Leaning into their contradictory song writing style, the single serves as an anthem for children of today riddled with anxiety of what the future may or may not hold. LISTEN HERE.
Since their last release, Very American!, mmmonika’s bassist John DeBold won his first GRAMMY® award for his production work on Vampire Weekend’s Father of The Bride. Additionally, mmmonika also announced their North American tour, including dates accompanying Atlantic Records’ Wallows, beginning May 14th.
“Don’t Do it,” is in essence, simply raw mmmonika. Calling on inspiration from the early days of D.A.R.E. commercials, mmmonika further proves they are going to do whatever they want, and push their own narratives. “Don’t Do It” features a conventional rock persona that’s stripped away to bare essence.
Lead singer, Ryan Yoo, is extremely open about his mental health struggles and utilizes music as an outlet, not only for himself, but for those going through similar hardships. Ryan and the boys of mmmonika hope to provide a voice to those who aren’t ready to use theirs yet.
mmmonika’s debut EP, Very American! is available now for streaming and download HERE. The debut EP includes “I Can’t!”, described by THE FADERas a “gentle synth-pop eruption. Tracks also include “Swamp Time!”, a single and music video in which ONES TO WATCH declared mmmonika as “your new favorite indie band.” mmmonika is set to release their second EP later this spring.
mmmonika is what you’d get if you turned a losing game of Jenga into a boy band. The Los Angeles based quintet is comprised of John DeBold (bass), Gabe Durastanti (guitar), Grant Milliken (keyboard), Nick Velez (drums) and Ryan Yoo (vocals, guitar). The group makes happy music for sad people through playful melodies and contradicting lyrics. mmmonika has caught the eye of The Fader, Ones To Watch, Earmilk and more, by throwing away the macho narrative and embracing freedom of expression. mmmonika’s music exists not to offer answers, but to make it okay to ask the questions.