Magical instrumental music from Tokyo descends, Godzilla-like, on The Earl…
MONO will make all your sonic dreams come true – and throw in some amazing nightmares for good measure. They are four cats from Japan playing magical instrumental music. The stacks of Marshall amps onstage tell me it is rock, but the finesse and skill of the band makes me want to say there’s a lot more to it than that.
From their Facebook page – “The Tokyo, Japan based 4 piece Instrumental Rock band MONO was originally formed in 1999. Their unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise in their music has been held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship can no longer be sustained by Rock music alone and was praised by British Musical Magazine NME as “This is music for the Gods”.
Lucky Gods, and lucky capacity crowd at The Earl on a Monday night – who were hanging on ever note and nuance, from the pin-drop quiet to the roaring thunderous crescendos.
The band is Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto (guitar), Tamaki (bass, piano),Yoda (guitar) and Yasunori Takada (drums). They are on tour for the next month with what looks like a couple more weeks of US dates – Go!
(About these photos – I wasn’t trying to get artsy with them or anything. It’s just that while the lighting at the club was perfect for the mood, not so much for this photographer. I’ve got a camera that can suck light out of a deep space galaxy in the night sky, but it was tough going here. Yet I love this venue for photography – if it was easy it wouldn’t be fun. Larger hi-rez photos will be at jobo.smugmug.com and might be easier viewing there on a computer screen. Everyone still has one of those, right? – John Boydston)