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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:

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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  • GothicBowie666

    19 Jan 4:18pm Reply
  • Fenix_7

    Saw them live last week, absolutely amazing performance.. If you live in Europe and they're coming to your city don't miss the chance to see them live.

    19 Jan 1:55pm Reply
  • WhiteApril

    Япошечки Моно- вы крутые. Я лав ю

    4 Jan 7:04pm Reply
  • Fenix_7

    @ CosmicOrigin: The only comparison I can think of as far as Mono Vs Explosions in the Sky go is that Mono is incredibly better. (I do like EitS by the way)

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • huiva

    Hi all. Listen to: Russian post rock / ambient / instrumental

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    i Forgot to mention my associate beleived that mono is a bit sadder and explosions is a bit darker (yes, if you go to explosions page you will see the same two shouts, copy and past can't save me from this fallacy)

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CosmicOrigin

    ok guy and gals, i was having a discussion with a associate and we were drawing comparisons between Mono and Explosions in the sky. My belief is that mono is a bit darker and that explosions is a bit sadder in expressing themselves in their music. I just want to know what other people think. I'm not looking for an argument, to each their own in interpretation, I just want to know what the general consensus is.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Rocolocosch

    Unseen Harbor is a journey

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • emrphy

    The last dawn and Rays of darkness are actually good. I was getting really bored with Mono for a while

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • vals81

    Here some pics and impressions of the Berlin show:

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
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    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • LuliusCaesar

    ¡Trip Hop Band!

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • teocc

    I still prefer the ala film-score compositions - Walking cloud...' Hymn to...' and For my parents...

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • teocc

    kristofervg, the compositions that they were playing through the speakers, must be from their collab record with World's End Girlfriend, titled Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain.

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • meolnir

    "recoil, ignite" actually comes close to "yearning" in its intensity without (!) massive usage of strings, very well done, mono! :) I'm very much looking forward to seeing them in cologne soon :)

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • birdwatcher68

    Bruges show was fantastic. I thought it'd be a promo for the new albums but instead they played majority of Hymn To The Immortal Wind ... which happens to be my fav. Genuinely geniously fantastic!

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • V-666

    At Vera Groningen probably was Esoteric yes. Not completely sure, but sounded like something off of Subconscious Dissolution into the Continuum.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DemonicTutor

    I'm pretty sure they were playing Esoteric, funeral doom metal from the United Kingdom, before the show @ Vera, Groningen.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kristofervg

    Anyone that's been to one of their shows, did they also play slow melodic music (through the speakers, not them actually playing) before their show? kinda deep guttural growling, calming music, japanese vocals I think. Hopefully someone can ID it, bartenders at John Dee didn't know what it was and I REALLY want to listen to more of it.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MarcoOdd

    The last dawn and Rays of darkness are both great, after the disappointing For my parents

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
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