Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:42

Mono Tickets

Through windswept leaves the protracted crescendo draws forth the holy throne of Japan's instrumental legend Mono.

‘For My Parents’ is the most recent album by Mono, the Japanese quartet who over the course of half a dozen albums in twice as many years have followed their own muse, and in the process have become ‘one of the most distinctive bands of the 21st century’.

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:29

Mono: New Energy

Emotionally driven guitar and orchestral arrangements will be the order of the day when Japanese instrumental rockers Mono tour their latest album, ‘For My Parents’. Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto fills in the blanks.

Mono’s music is said to fit into pristine concert settings as well as grungy rock clubs. Do you have a preferred setting?
As long as we have a space where people can concentrate on the show, then we are happy. We believe that music transcends cultural definitions. It’s a beautiful experience to play our music on different continents and feel no disconnect between us and the audience. This is the universal language of music.

The tracks that feature on your latest album are more like creations, rather than songs. Were they inspired by real life events?
Thank you for the kind words. ‘For My Parents’ came from the understanding that we all eventually lose the ones that made us. It’s the way of nature. How do you stand by the one that created you? How do you stand next to your home, the place that created you? For this album, we went back to our roots. It’s something that we wanted to do while we still had the chance.  I think the earthquake and tsunami in Japan unexpectedly stirred up emotions about our homeland and families. It made us think about how fleeting, and sometimes fragile, moments can be. So in some ways our new album was inspired by all the energy circulating around at that time.

You have repeatedly stated your interest in ‘70s rock and classical composers such as Beethoven and Sergei Rachmaninoff. What is it about these two very different genres that appeals to the band?
It's really just the raw sounds and emotions. They are different genres but there is something honest and pure about their music. I just think it's important for the audience to engage, connect, and decide what the music means to them. At this point, I’m not sure how to define our music. It kind of bleeds into a few different genres now, such as classical and instrumental rock. I'd rather have the audience experience our music and then dwell in possibility. Music can be a visceral, spiritual experience. It has the ability to communicate a sort of transcendence from the chaos of everyday living.

Mono play the Hi-Fi Wednesday June 26.

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