Austin-based band Monahans, named for a region of desolate West Texas sand hills, balances thundering rhythms and atmospheric "landscape rock" with urgent pop anthems and spiritual campfire balladry (think Explosions In The Sky + R.E.M + Neil Young).
What began in 2006 as an experimental offshoot of their previous project Milton Mapes (which recently had a song covered by Robert Plant) soon blossomed to reflect a widened spectrum of Americana.
The band's lineup consists of Ramble Creek studio engineer/producer Britton Beisenherz, drummer Roberto Sanchez, songwriter Greg Vanderpool, and longtime Spoon bassist Joshua Zarbo. Albums to date include 'Low Pining' (2007, Undertow) and 'Dim The Aurora' (2009, Misra).
In 2010, Monahans recorded and released a new song each month exclusively through their website while documenting the songwriting and recording process along the way. The series culminated with "Seabirds", a duet with Sinead O'Connor.