Single Review: “Mona Lisa” – THIS IS WAR!

This is an acoustic version of a track that This Is War! released almost a year to the day ago. And I absolutely love it! 

This is a stripped back acoustic version, almost to the point of folk, the progression in the intro is a stroke of genius, but what struck me was the intro of a cello playing in the second verse with the guitar playing that some way intro/verse progression- it’s replacing a bass in that low register and oh my God, yeah… this song is really tugging on the heartstrings. I love that impassioned vocal in the chorus. 

But we are not done yet, there’s a wicked guitar solo at 2:49 that really shows these guys can pull off ballsy punk rock songs but strip it back too. 

At 4:02 when everything has built up to its inevitable conclusion the guitar riff from the intro comes back again to close it out. 

Blooming brilliant. 

This is easily my favourite song from the EP, as it shows a different side to them. 

THIS IS WAR! are signed to Bubblebrain Records in Jersey, a label that my mate Jim Dolan is part of, this was a band I could throw my weight behind, and since I played “Exile Poet” on my show I knew that they were capable of good things. 

This Is War! are the five piece Liverpool based band consisting of Paul Carden on vocals, Mike Mullard on Guitar and backing vocals, Jonny Roberts on guitar (Mike and Jonny swap between playing Lead and Rhythm on different tracks), Andy Williams on Bass and Martyn Leah on Drums.


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