The Japanese instrumental rock band Mono will return to Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 19, in a lodge room for the first time in two years after the inevitable corona break.
Mono is known as the Asian band with the most appearances abroad. The North American tour, of which this show is a part, is also the first world tour to take place for their 11th album, “Pilgrimage of the Soul”, released by the American label Temporary Residence Ltd. on September 17, 2021.
Selling tickets for the show now. The opening show of the show will be Bing & Ruth.
The Tokyo-based instrumental rock band, based in Tokyo, was originally formed in 1999. Its unique approach to combining exciting orchestral arrangements and Shoegaze guitar noise is particularly highly valued; So much so that the band’s musicality and diverse musical palette overshadowed the rock genre and took place in its field. As the British musical magazine NME once said, “This is music for the gods.”
During the first decade, MONO quickly established an esteemed status, especially with their live performances. Through their 150-degree annual world tour, critics now from more than 59 countries, critics and rock music fans agree that their euphoric and dynamic resonance of performance makes them one of the best live bands in existence.
A particularly monumental early living memory was a special set of orchestral performances celebrating their 10th anniversary in New York, Tokyo, London and Melbourne; Which was later commemorated on the live album “Holy Ground”. Mono also proudly holds the title of one of the most successful bands in Japan.
Outside of the studio and live music, Mono has made a name for herself as a film composer. After releasing 10 successful albums, including a performance album with an orchestra, the band received the Marshall Hawkins Award which is highly regarded as the best music display from the Idyllwild International Film Festival for their joint short film “Where We Begin” in 2015. The band was also nominated for an Ariel Award for Music Display Best Original for the feature film “The Fourth Company”, which was released in 2016.
In 2018, MONO began a new journey. After being greeted by the new drummer, Dahm, the band began preparing for its second decade celebration. During this time, they received a special invitation to be one of the titles of the Meltdown Festival in London, at the personal request of the curator for 2018, Robert Smith from The Cure; An unforgettable tribute and respect to the band from one of its long-standing inspirations. The stage was then divided with artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Mogwai and Deftones.
The band’s 20th anniversary was welcomed the following year. To mark this occasion, the tenth album, “Nowhere Now Here”, was released alongside a one-year world tour, consisting of four special orchestral performances in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London, which ended in March 2020.
One of those events, held at the historic Barbican Hall in London, was presented to an enthusiastic audience of 2,000 sold-out and commemorated as a live album, “Beyond the Past”, as part of this celebration. It reached number two on Billboard’s classic crossover albums in the United States
As the first work of the third mono of this decade, a new album, “Pilgrimage of the Soul”, was due out in September 2021. It was recorded and mixed – carefully, anxiously and yet optimistically at the height of the COVID-19 epidemic in the summer of 2020 with one of the longtime partners of The band, Steve Albini.
“Pilgrimage of the Soul” is the 11th studio album in the 22-year career of Japanese experimental rock legends. The apt name is because it not only represents the peaks and valleys that Mono experienced as they entered the third decade, but also outlines their long and steady journey into this time and place.
Following the delicate but profound creative progress in the MONO canon that began with “Nowhere Now Here” (2019), “Pilgrimage of the Soul” is the most dynamic MONO album to date (and that says a lot). But where Mono’s foundation is built on the well-established interplay of whispering silence and destructive sound, “Pilgrimage of the Soul” produces its magic with new and mesmerizing electronic instruments and textures, and perhaps most importantly, faster rhythms that are clearly influenced by disco. And techno.
Everything boasts the most unexpected MONO album to date – full of surprises and full of splendor like everything this band has ever done.
Mono started in Japan in the late 20th century as a young band inspired by the pioneers of experimental rock (My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai) and iconic classical composers (Beethoven, Morricone) who came before them. They have evolved into one of the most inspiring and influential experimental rock bands in their own right. It is only fitting that their development came at the glacial and systematic pace that their patient music demands. Mono is a band that gives serious value in nuances, and offers significant rewards for waiting.
Full schedule and tickets: www.monoofjapan.com/tour.php
“Nowhere, Now Here”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOxNd5ia_GY