We named our band "MONAHANS" after these desolate sand dunes out in West Texas. Unfortunately that context often gets lost on people who aren't familiar with the place.
But our songs aren't so much about a particular geographic location as they are about contrast…Contrast between rural & urban, between heaven & earth, beginning & end. Somewhere all those things start to bleed together—that's where these songs live.
"Leveler" is what we've chosen to call the latest collection of songs. It's a word that could be interpreted in different ways. On one hand, it's something that humbles you, breaks you, puts you in your place. But it also has a redemptive quality, makes things right again. It's everything that God/Nature is, and everything Mankind/Technology can only pretend to be.
Those types of ideas have been woven into four albums now, beginning with Low Pining (2007), Dim The Aurora (2009) and Roam An Empty Space (mostly recorded in 2010 but properly released in 2013). We've played shows all around the U.S. — going back to our days as Milton Mapes (and Joshua's time as bassist in Spoon) — including the old Austin City Limits stage before they tore it down. We've toured or collaborated to some degree with some of our musical heroes (Centro-Matic, Willie Nelson, Sinead O'Connor, Cowboy Junkies, Doug Burr, Robert Plant, Chris Whitley…) and had our music played on radio and television -- something we only DREAMED of back in the pre-internet era.
Someone once told me that our music takes 2-3 listens before it really takes hold. At first that sounded disappointing, but then I realized that some of my very favorite artists/albums are the same way…so maybe we're on the right track.
We're proud of what we've made and we hope you feel something from it. I'm not sure where to go from here or if there's anything left to say except that we're very appreciative of everyone who has listened or helped us along the way.