Premiere: Monks In The Wood Embrace Individuality in “No Love”

A passionate call to embrace individuality, Monks In The Wood’s intense “No Love” offers powerful commentary on relationships and mental health.

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Don’t ever let anyone change you but yourself. Individuality is beautiful: We should be proud of the things that make us unique and special. Monks In The Wood’s “No Love” is a passionate call to embrace individuality: To love ourselves, to be true to who we are, and to accept others for who they are.

No Love - Monks In The Wood

No Love – Monks In The Wood

I have no love for seeing you
in different lights.

I dragged the past upon you
on separate fights.

I know I can’t mould
personality into mine.

Carry the weight of the globe
on your crooked spine.

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “No Love,” Monks In The Wood’s recently-released sophomore single. The Peckham, London-based band of Matt Power (vocals/guitar), Daniel Toone (vocals/guitar), James Oliver (drums), Laurence Brydges (bass), and Samuel Powell (keys), Monks In The Wood formed in 2015 and released their debut single “Evidence” in late September 2017. The band’s billowing, energetic guitars and bright melodies melt together to form a dynamic and distinct indie pop sound.

Monks In The Wood © 2018

Monks In The Wood © 2018

“No Love” is a heavier jam than the band’s initial offering, a dark song observing our relationship with ourselves, and how we (as a society) are too often willing to sacrifice individuality for acceptance. “The track itself is about internal conflict, people balancing being themselves with being relevant in a world that is often plastic, obsessed with aesthetics and money making, rather than love and passion,” Monks In The Wood tell Atwood Magazine. “Maybe the person you are with or the people around you care a lot more about these things, or at least appear to. The pressure to conform in order to find love, be successful, financially sound, and feel safe. Is individuality being lost under the pressure of a modern society? We think so.

Sadly, we don’t disagree. If you truly love what you do, then you’re in the minority; few individuals are willing to sacrifice our world’s interpretation of success, for personal satisfaction and happiness.

I have no love for
leaving you with your demise,
but I built my sights up,
falling through on flawed advice.
And I know your mind crawls up
and down these streets every night.
Carry the weight of the globe
on your crooked spine.

Produced by Ali Lee-Smith Media and starring Zelda Rosset Colon, the “No Love” music video amplifies the song’s themes, highlighting an individual’s multi-faceted nature and exploring her emotional breakdown as a result of external pressure and influence. Monks In The Wood explains, “The video focuses on mental health and the split personality of an individual, who in this case is trying to find herself. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin and loving who you really are, rather than changing for someone just because you feel loved when they experience a certain side of you.”


It’s not always easy to “be yourself”: Our world is full of pressures to fit in, and they begin at a very young age. In fact, it’s in our very human nature to adapt to our surroundings; it’s one of the traits that got our species to where it is today. However, there’s a big difference between adapting to your environment, and conforming to be someone you’re not – as we experience firsthand in the “No Love” video, watching Colon’s character disintegrate before our very eyes.

If someone gives you “no love” for being who you are, then that’s on them – they’re the ones in need of changing. Stream Monks In The Wood’s new video exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and give a little love by sharing “No Love” with your favorite people – the ones you’d never change!

Follow right,
leave with me for the sea,
say you’ve got a message for me.
Follow right,
leave it be, fall asleep,
say you’ve got a message for me, from me.
Watch: “No Love” – Monks In The Wood

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com