Mon Julien is an in indie rock band from Ft. Worth, TX.
The group is comprised of former Black Tie Dynasty members Cory Watson (Vocals, Guitar) and Brian McCorquodale (keys).
The songwriting pair formed in 2010 intent on exploring infinite possibility and ignoring expectations.
The result is a dynamic new sound which can best be described as refined moody pop.
While Watson and McCorquodale maintain their affinity for grand anthemic arragements, enter "Punchline", they now fully embrace more deeply intense moments like on "Roll the Dice", which soulfully builds in suspense and conjures up memories of early Radiohead.
Mon Julien is a sign of growth and maturation of the two songwriters as they strike a balance between bold and exploratory while remaining fresh and uniquely their own.
The group plans to release their full-length self-titled LP in January 2012 on Idol Records.
The album was produced by Mark Pirro (Tripping Daisy, the Polyphonic Spree) and mixed by Mckenzie Smith (Midlake).
Guests appearing on the album include Mckenzie Smith - Drums, Blake McWhorter (Black Tie Dynasty) - Bass, Mark Pirro - Bass, Percussion, and Douglas Edward - Strings.
Mon Julien, a transfixing duo with a penchant for engulfing songs that embrace new wave, indie rock, acoustic pop and even a smidgen of classical.
Dallas Morning News
"“The Inventor” rocks around a huge Tears for Fears-inspired chorus –– Watson’s voice, incidentally and evidently, has matured into a soulful, booming instrument not far removed from Roland Orzabal’s".
-Fort Worth Weekly
"Fueled by a moody, arresting swirl of guitars and Watson's haunting vocals, Dice conjures visions of vintage Radiohead, tinged with a bit of Slowdive and the Smiths".
-"Mon Julien takes us down a dimmer, more secluded road. The music and lyrics weigh heavier, the sound more mature ("Darkest Hour" and "Roll the Dice") as well as electronic ("Way to Run")".
-Dallas Morning News
-"there’s something darker and more intense at work on this 11-track disc. Watson’s vocals are more raw, less obscured"
-"Mon Julien is a new group just getting notice on the local scene, but they have garnered a lot of attention as something of a local supergroup."
-"...evoking BTD's brooding, synth-laced style but eventually wandering further afield".
-Fort Worth Star Telegram