Mono band
Mono Band is an Irish
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Rock music
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Electronica includes a wide range of contemporary electronic music designed for a wide range of uses, including foreground listening, some forms of dancing, and background music for other activities; however, unlike electronic dance music, it is not specifically made for dancing...

 band. Mono Band has a rather unique approach in utilising a different lead vocalist for almost every song. The group first appeared when Noel Hogan's website announced the name of his new project on 9 October 2004. Mono Band's first gig was 13 March 2005 at Dolan's in Limerick. On vocals that night were Richard Walters, Alexandra Hamnede, and Fin Chambers. This was followed by a performance at the 2005 SXSW
South by Southwest
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 Festival in Austin, TX on 17 March.


The band consists of Noel Hogan and various guest artists on a track-by-track basis.

Mono Band traces its roots back to what was intended to be the cranberries
The Cranberries
The Cranberries are an Irish rock band formed in Limerick in 1989 under the name The Cranberry Saw Us, later changed by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan. The band currently consists of O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler...

' sixth studio album. Noel had been working on tracks when the cranberries announced their hiatus. Using his home studio Noel set about exploring more electronic music of various genres. With Noel writing, recording and producing almost all of the music for each track the moniker 'Mono Band' is rather appropriate. Guest artists include Richard Walters, Marius De Vries, Alexandra Hamnede, Kate Havnevik, Nicolas Leroux, Fin Chambers, Angie Hart, and two fellow cranberries, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler.

In May 2005, Mono Band released their debut EP, Mono Band EP
Mono band ep
Mono Band EP is the first release from Mono Band, a side project of Noel Hogan, guitarist of The Cranberries. Their debut EP was released on May 20, 2005 in the Republic of Ireland...

, shortly before releasing their first album, Mono Band
Mono band (album)
Mono Band is Noel Hogan's side project from The Cranberries. Their self-titled debut album Mono Band was released on May 30, 2005 in the Republic of Ireland, June 9, 2005 in Europe. "waves" was the first single was released in late April...


With the touring that followed the release of their first album it became apparent that the concept of Mono Band did not translate as favourably to touring as it did to studio recording. Not every vocalist was available for every tour date, with usually two of the vocalist performing at any given show. Over the course of touring Richard Walters began to emerge as the primary vocalist. With their touring commitment completed Noel and Richard decided to work together and formed Arkitekt
Arkitekt are an Irish/British rock/electronica band. The group is a derivative from Mono Band.-Formation:While working with Mono Band, Noel Hogan received a track from the singer-songwriter, Richard Walters. Upon listening to the track, Hogan asked him to contribute to Mono Band...

. As of February 2011 there is no word on any upcoming projects by Mono Band.


  • Noel Hogan
    Noel Hogan
    Noel Anthony Hogan is the guitarist and co-songwriter of The Cranberries.With The Cranberries on hiatus from 2003–2009, Noel turned to focus on his own music. He began working with programmer Matt Vaughan, who had already done work on unreleased Cranberries songs and Dolores O'Riordan's solo...

     - guitar
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    , programming, backing vocals
    Backing vocalist
    A backing vocalist or backing singer is a singer who provides vocal harmony with the lead vocalist or other backing vocalists...

  • various guest artists on a track-by-track basis

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