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There are at least six artists sharing the name Mono: 1) a Japanese band; 2) a British band; 3) a Dutch band; 4) a female Austrian artist; 5) a Swedish artist; 6) a Korean trio.

1) Mono are a band from Tokyo, Japan formed in 1999. The songs, all of which are , are usually focused on layered guitar melodies. Strings and pianos are also prominently featured in some songs. MONO are known for their powerful live shows, and their complex guitar work.

Their first EP, titled Hey, You was released in September, 2000. So far, they have released six full albums: Under the Pipal Tree, One Step More and You Die, Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, You Are There, Hymn To The Immortal Wind and For My Parents .
They also have several other records, including a remix album, a collaborative split record with Pelican, an album collaborating with World’s End Girlfriend and another EP titled Memorie Dal Futuro.
For more information, visit their official websites:
http://www.monoofjapan.com/
http://monoofjapan.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/monoofjapan

2) Mono were a British duo which became a in the late 1990s with their song “Life in Mono” featured on album Formica Blues. Mono’s music shares some similarities with other such acts including Sneaker Pimps and Portishead.

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  • eliasdaler

    Moscow show was 11/10

    6 minutes ago Reply
  • Marine40k

    It was an amazing show in Moscow last night!

    3 hours ago Reply
  • giantsdespair

    2001: A 2002: B 2004: B 2006: A 2009: C 2012: E both 2014: Z

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Cortlendt

    Amazing! Come back to Minsk! <3

    21 Nov 6:24am Reply
  • roflmaotheywere

    Great show in Minsk this evening. Not just great, it was truly fucking awesome.

    20 Nov 9:33pm Reply
  • sensitiva84

    great concert in Warsaw!

    19 Nov 1:11pm Reply
  • OO78h

    happy to hear some new stuff... stuck on the first half but i think i'm about to unleash the second.

    19 Nov 12:25am Reply
  • Andaer

    Anyone cares to translate this interview? Taka meets Atsuo from Boris.

    16 Nov 1:31pm Reply
  • meolnir

    "the last dawn" brought me back to them.. :)

    15 Nov 12:54am Reply
  • mituza

    Great Fantastic Awesome Amazing!!!!

    13 Nov 6:09pm Reply
  • a_spaceman

    Meh, I prefer Rays of Darkness to Hymn to the Immortal Wind, but I prefer straight-up post-rock Mono to classical influenced Mono so that's why. For me You Are There is their classic album, also their collaboration with World's End Girlfriend but that wasn't an individual effort

    6 Nov 12:24am Reply
  • Igor6662012

    Well, of course it's not the second Hymn to the Immortal Wind, but I don't think anybody expected it to be THAT good. It's surely not disappointing.

    4 Nov 4:49pm Reply
  • a_spaceman

    It's good but it doesn't 'shine' like some of their earlier releases. Even though that's up to personal opinion I'm sure many will agree on it

    4 Nov 6:07am Reply
  • Igor6662012

    The Last Dawn is a grower, give it a couple listens and it will shine like the previous awesome albums.

    2 Nov 9:57pm Reply
  • Cottonwoods

    The Last Dawn felt rather forgettable, but Rays of Darkness is absolutely fantastic.

    1 Nov 10:21pm Reply
  • RiotSugar

    I'm really enjoying the new albums. I have a few criticisms (I think RoD should be 1 track longer and they should have used Tetsuya's vocals on the whole album or not at all) but the refreshingly short songs are great and I absolutely love the noise elements in songs like Cyclone and The Last Rays. I think Surrender is my favourite track though.

    31 Oct 7:43am Reply
  • IceSpoon

    I liked "For My Parents" because it was a different direction. But I appreciate that it was only a one-album-experiment, the new double album went back to Mono's usual awesomeness.

    29 Oct 2:57am Reply
  • Kumanosuke

    a_spaceman: Yes, true. Actually I didn't really refer to people who critisize stuff (like you or Derek-H), but simply complain. Most people are like "I wish band xy would be like they used to be 10 years ago" or "Teh nu album is shitz lel". Bands needs to go on and evolve _in any direction_. And music is art, like you said, and bands (at least) shouldn't do what the fans want them to do. Despite that, it would get _really_ boring if any band always makes albums which sound like the previous one.

    28 Oct 2:30pm Reply
  • Derek-H

    @ Kumanosuke: I don't think anyone's saying that. I personally (really) enjoy every Mono album outside of For My Parents, which is in fact a little too "cinematic" / OST-esque for my tastes. (Just my opinion.) That being said, I'd say the new albums are a huge step in a better direction.

    27 Oct 3:27am Reply
  • a_spaceman

    Complaining without constructive criticism can be dumb, but saying For My Parents had too many strings (or more precisely, didn't execute neo-classical elements well, which is what I would argue) or sounded to cheesy to you personally kind of... IS constructive criticism, and there's nothing wrong with that. Music is art and art is open to the world for criticism, and there's no reason for negative reviews or reception of an album you personally enjoy to get you down or cause you yourself to complain, you know?

    27 Oct 3:08am Reply
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