Based in Tunbridge Wells Monica and the Explosion is a two-piece band consisting of Monica Welander, a Swedish punk rock singer songwriter, and bassist Paul Slack (original member of the UK Subs and the Flying Padovanis). Monica and Paul started touring together in July 2010 after they released her second album ”Shut Up!” (joined by drummer Rob Baylis). Since the album release they have been touring constantly around Europe, Ireland, Sweden and Australia as well as gigging extensively around the UK. Having toured around the world as a solo artist for a couple of years, Monica finds the two-piece line-up retains the original concept of the songs whilst adding a new layer of complexity to the over all sound best discribed as ”jukebox punk”. The latest album "Shut Up!" received a great review in SO Tunbridge Wells September issue last year, and the duo has just completed the recordings of a new album that will be out this year (2012).
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Wednesday 4th July 2012
The Visitors, Monica and The Explosion, English Sporting Defeat, The Varlies (acoustic)