"The finest bands create not only great songs but also mood, and no one gets that like Austin’s Monahans. The four-piece group named itself after the tranquil West Texas oasis, but the band’s tone is dark and unnerving, like a storm rolling in— all pounding drums and big guitar riffs, alternately thunderous and eerily ambient. Monahans morphed from Milton Mapes, an Austin band led by Greg Vanderpool and Roberto Sánchez, and yet despite the name change, it is essentially the same outfit, a bit less alt country and a bit more bombastic. Vanderpool has an uncanny knack for juxtaposing beautiful melodies over sonic fireballs, and his bandmates have clearly listened to their Crazy Horse and U2 albums. When the best songs end before you want them to, you’re left hungry for more."
"Sophisticated, dreamy, driven, balanced. Rightly, this act has earned its buzz." - Austin-American Statesman
“Mixing everything you (should) like about Springsteen, Stone Roses, and Jesus & Mary Chain, Monahans are able to remind us that qualitative adjectives like ‘ambient’ and ‘tranquil’ are not antithetical to rock & roll.”
“The debut by these Austin slowcore cowboys has all the dread and beauty of storm clouds gathering over Texas' hill country.”
“...it’s the brooding, dissonant guitars and ominous rhythms bringing visions of storm clouds and waves across the ocean that make this an under the radar gem.”
"Low Pining is quietly one of the better records of the year."
"...the beauty of Low Pining lies not in its solutions or answers, but instead in its embracing of the ruin as an opportunity to reflect, and begin again..."