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MonaLisa Twins

The Beat is back! The MonaLisa Twins are one of the very few modern bands who write original songs in the 60's Beat music tradition, reviving the genre with a modern, fresh twist without sounding pop-ish or trivial. On their debut album "When We're Together" they present the finest Rock 'n' Roll and Beat music, skillfully venturing out in Psychedelic, Folk and even Latin genres, inspired by the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel. Their signature features are polyphonic harmonies and a wiry, bright guitar sound. The even mix of fun and depth in their music and lyrics brings back the spirit of this time and therefore speaks to a wide range of international audiences.

While listening to and playing all different kinds of music genres in their youth the girls stayed with the 60's songwriting style, something they think is way too much neglected these days: "We aim to write songs which we ourselves would like to listen to and we always loved the spiritual, humorous and true-to-life mindset of the 60's. However we aren't nostalgic about it or trying to be "retro". We simply believe that something great had been started in this era that is worthy of being continued."

The core of the band are two 19 year old girls, actual twins named Mona and Lisa. Originally from Austria, they travelled extensively, performing in the USA, Australia and UK in their teens. They started out with cover songs on YouTube and released two CDs with covers in 2007 and 2008. At 16 they decided to go for a professional music career and began to record their debut album "When We're Together" which was released in 2012. Since then they've played many live shows in small to medium-sized venues and festivals in Continental Europe, playing to new audiences and raising interest for their own music. Besides being played on Austrian radio stations they are increasingly conquering the Anglo-American music markets with regular airplay and doing radio and TV interviews in the USA and UK as well. They also produced a decent number of high quality music videos which have garnered a total of nearly 2 million views and over 4,500 subscribers on YouTube so far.

Moving forward, for the rest of 2013 Mona and Lisa are dedicated to work on releasing more music videos and writing new songs which they plan to tour the US and UK with in spring 2014.