Japanese post-rockers Mono are renowned for colossal sonic orchestrations that incorporate everything from classical influences to shoegaze, noise and metal. Pushing experimental, avant-garde music to its limits for over twelve years now, the quartet from the land of the rising sun will be back at the Rockhal on 11 December 2012 presenting us their newest record.
Mono are an instrumental rock band whose melodies have grown increasingly lyrical, with unmatched execution. There is no doubting a Mono song when you hear it, and no denying their uncanny ability to feel perfectly at home in both pristine symphony halls and dirty rock clubs. In the way that only Mono can.
“For My Parents” is the their new album by Mono, who over the course of half a dozen albums in twice as many years has followed their own muse, and in the process have become "one of the most distinctive bands of the 21st century.” “For My Parents” obliterates that divide, showcasing a sensitivity and maturity that simultaneously acknowledges where they came from, and where they're going. The songwriting is sharper, the dynamics are subtler, and the production is stunning.
For the recording, the band once again enlisted The Wordless Music Orchestra for support, and the collaboration has never sounded stronger. The unique combination of soul-stirring melodies, cinematic East-meets-West arrangements, and firm command of elusive emotional intangibles is what makes Mono so...well, so Mono.
Throughout their career, the band has risen consistently in both popularity and critical acclaim, with record sales and live show attendance corresponding. Successfully translating their powerful and violently beautiful live performances on record was not an easy task. Despite their albums' masterful subtleties and majestic walls of noise, the consensus has remained that their transcendent live shows are simply insurmountable. See for yourself, as Mono are making a stopover at the Rockhal on 11 December 2012.