Mid-tempo rock’n’roll punk is something that needs to have something extra special to it in order to stand out from the crowd. If there isn’t any spice in the recipe, the dish is going to suffer for it. I consider Riverboat Gamblers to be masters of the mid-tempo rocker and, fortunately, Mono In Stereo have a similar thing going on. Good riffs and heartfelt lyrics go a long way in the end. There are other elements going on here, too. I know it’s a bit of a copout to list other bands that they sound like, but any time a band reminds me of The Outlets (Boston), I am going to shout it from the rooftops because that doesn’t happen very often. I guess what I am saying about Mono In Stereo is that they don’t sound exactly like some of my favorite bands, but rather like they’re influenced by them. They also have a song named after legendary pro skater Monty Nolder, so you know they have to be rad!
–Ty Stranglehold (Rum Bar, rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com)