button Mono @ Shibuya O-Nest (18th Mar '06)

The Perfect Storm

      A short preview to a week's worth of CD release shows for their latest opus, You Are There, tonight's show at O-Nest provided local Mono fans an intimate glimpse at the insanely talented Tokyo post-rock quartet.

      Performing a handful of tracks from You Are There along with two cuts from their last full-length, the awe-inspiring Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined, Mono wasted little time blowing the minds of the capacity crowd. With guitarists Taka Goto and Yoda seated on the venue's small stage, Mono launched into their opening number, "Yearning." The dynamic song began slowly with wonderfully lush layers. Erupting into a massive wall of sound, the spacey track continued to increase in heaviness and intensity engulfing the entire room in its hypnotic groove. Almost crossing over into the realm of metal, it soon faded out leaving the majority of attendees dazed and in awe.

      MonoWatching Mono play is like being caught in the middle of a powerful storm. The sky darkens as the music starts. Refreshing drops of rain gradually begin to fall. You know that at any point the heavens above are going to open up and unleash a torrential downpour, but you're not exactly sure when. This edgy feeling heightens your senses, making you more alert of all the dense textures floating around. Suddenly a giant burst of thunder explodes in the distance and a distorted wave of lightning cuts through the air. Giant pellets of water are hurled at you as the thunder and lightning continue to punish your eardrums. Bowled over by the sheer magnitude of this blistering act, your judgment becomes clouded as you try and decide whether to run for your life or stay and marvel at the remarkable display of beauty unfolding before your eyes.

      Brief periods of salvation came in the form of the quiet lullaby "A Heart Has Asked For The Pleasure" and "A Thousand Paper Cranes." The latter saw drummer Yasunori Takada and bassist Tamaki playing piano and keyboards. This period of peacefulness would be the equivalent to the eye of the storm. It was short-lived though, as set closer "The Flames Beyond The Cold Mountain" ushered in a wave of feedback drenched wind and the musical climate reverted back to its previous state.

      MonoDevastatingly gorgeous, the awesome composition was furious and hopeful at the same time. A true testament to Mono's instrumental brilliance, the song was overflowing with raw emotion despite none of the members uttering a single word. With their heads bowed, Tamaki, Yoda, and a sweat-drenched Goto swayed back and forth while pounding on their instruments with all their might. After several minutes of fantastic guitar-driven noise the clouds suddenly dispersed filling the air with bits of feedback as rays of light lit up the room. Enthralled by the experience, and thankful that they lived to tell about it, the crowd roared their approval as the band made their way offstage.

      Seven years into their career, Mono continue to improve at an alarming pace making them stand out as one of the more dominant forces of nature in the Japanese underground rock scene.

--set list --

Yearning / A Heart Has Asked For The Pleasure / Lost Snow / A Thousand Paper Cranes / The Flames Beyond The Cold Mountain

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The latest album :


" Your Are There"
(US import) on sale on 11th Apr.

The latest album :


" Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain"
collaboration withworld's end girlfriend.

previous works


" Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined"
(US import / UK import / 国内盤)

"One Step More and You Die"
(US import / UK import / domestic press)
"Under the Pipal Tree"(US import)

check the albums?



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buttonInterview : Peaceful, But Far From Quiet : Mono (20th Jan)
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