Mark Monnone – vocals and guitar
Gus Franklin – drums and backing vocals
Joe Foley – bass and backing vocals
Louis Richter – 12-string
Recorded and mixed at Electric Dreams and Los Bomberos by Gareth Parton, assisted by Gus Franklin
Mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering
Although the name may suggest otherwise, Monnone Alone are a bona fide pop group based around the sagacious songwriting of Mark Monnone (ex-Lucksmiths) and featuring members of A-grade pop tinkerers Architecture in Helsinki, Mid-State Orange and Aleks & the Ramps. That’s almost as bona fide as it gets.
With a frighteningly taut rhythm section, augmented by Louis Richter’s shimmering 12-string guitar, ‘Cut Knuckle’ is two-and-a-half minutes of uptight jangly angst, with Monnone delivering his urgent—though world weary—statement of intent: “I won’t let it drag us in / I won’t let it break the skin”.
Recorded by Melbourne-based UK producer Gareth Parton (Foals, The Go! Team), ‘Cut Knuckle’ is the first single taken form Monnone Alone’s second album Summer of the Mosquito, due out sometime in 2019.