Mona announce first ever UK dates

Nashville band hope they don't get shot at on visit to London

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Mona frontman Nick Brown is hoping that his band's first trip to the UK later this month will be slightly less eventful than his first trip to these shores.

The hotly-tipped Nashville band have announced a trio of shows in London – a free gig at the Flowerpot (September 29), a Rough Trade East instore (30) and a slot at Club NME at KOKO (October 1) – and the singer is hoping the welcome will be warmer than his last visit.

"I've been to Northern Ireland [before], we went to Belfast like 10 years ago - I was 17 and the day we were there someone got blown up in a car and shot in the head so we weren't allowed to go anywhere without protection," he told NME. "We had bottles thrown at us too, because we were American."

Meanwhile the band released their debut single, 'Listen To You Love', this week.

"It is basically a song about dualism. The push and pull... Your love or your lover? Sometimes those two things are combative, other times in sync," said Brown of the track. "Same with all things whether it's faith, fighting, love or hate. Balance is always the key and always the challenge. Even in music the concept of addressing real human emotion in a three-minute pop song is a challenge and a naive idea. But what a great idea, and we'll take that challenge."

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