Listen to Mona's Impassioned New Track 'Judas': Exclusive Premiere

Joseph Llanes

The Nashville rockers show off their soft side.

Rising southern rockers Mona prefer to keep things within their circle of family and friends -- most evident through their band name, which was inspired by frontman Nick Brown's grandmother. 

Brown, who describes the band's vibe as "fist pumping, white t-shirts, Marlon Brando, James Dean, sex and God," is the son of a Pentecostal preacher. As a result, it's only natural traces of soul can be found within their music, best heard on their latest offering, "Judas," which the band is exclusively sharing with Billboard.

The track marks Mona's first release since 2013's Torches & Pitchforks, and shows a much softer side of the band. Meanwhile, Brown tells Billboard its accompanying visual toys with the concept of dualism and explains how it's "a song about betrayal while showing only camaraderie."

To capture such comradery, the band enlisted good friend Joseph Llanes -- yet another example of how they honor those closest to them. The black and white video sees the band in its natural state, hanging out in familiar places such as Brown's home and studio, a favorite Thai restaurant, and parts of downtown Nashville where they have recently relocated.

Taken as a whole, "Judas" explores the band's newfound Nashville influence with its subtle twang and storytelling sense. But the most country aspect of all has to be, without a doubt, Brown's cowboy hat.

While Mona is currently in the studio working on new music, "Judas" will be sure to tide fans over -- at least for now. Watch the full video below. 


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