Mona - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Wed 9 Mar 2011 (4 stars)

Mona - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Wed 9 Mar

Anthemic US-style rock'n'roll from Dayton, Ohio

‘Our manager’s from Glasgow, so we knew y’all was some crazy motherfuckers,’ said Mona’s singer Nick Brown in his deadpan, stateside drawl. ‘We’re from Dayton, Ohio, which is one redneck town. But y’all are doing us proud.’ The packed crowd roared and laughed and had another drink, safe in the knowledge they were seeing the American Glasvegas – right down to the singer’s quiff.

Morrissey might have picked them for his tour support, but Mona’s show is unrequited rock’n’roll anthemics all the way, with Brown (an excellent frontman) vocally impersonating Springsteen on ‘Pavement’, Robert Plant on ‘Shooting the Moon’ and Bobby Gillespie on ‘Say You Will’. By the Johnny Cash-lauding encore of ‘I Seen’, he was swigging from a bottle of Jack: either he’s got a sponsorship deal or he’s the real deal.

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