05 Mai 2015
Abertura de Portas: 20h00
Início: 21h00
Cons. Min.: 20,00€



Instrumental Rock
Membros da banda
Takaakira “Taka” Goto (guitar)
Tamaki (bass, piano)
Yoda (guitar)
Yasunori Takada (drums)
Tokyo, Japan
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When MONO began in 1999, they set out with a simple mission: From bliss to bludgeon, no matter how long or winding the path may be. Their debut album, Under The Pipal Tree, outlined that mission in twisted, psychedelic fury. Subsequent albums would see the band honing their craft, mastering their mission, and ultimately abandoning that path in favor of more grandiose pursuits. Flanked by increasingly larger orchestras, MONO performed live at some of the most prestigious venues in New York City, London, Tokyo, and Australia. MONO had become an orchestral rock band, a spectacle of extreme melancholy and melodrama. On 2012’s For My Parents, the band had finally reached the logical conclusion of that era; it was time to remember where they started, and to rethink where they were heading. Less strings? No strings? Louder? Quieter? Lighter? Darker? Yes.

The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness are a pair of new albums by MONO. Recorded simultaneously yet conceptually and creatively disparate, the two act as both opposing and complementary sides to a story. No strangers to narratives, the two albums explore familiar themes for the band: Hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Those elemental parts of life and the complicated relationships they create have never been more resonant through MONO’s music than they are here.

The Last Dawn is the first of these two companion albums, and is the “lighter” of the two, thematically and melodically. It contains undoubtedly some of MONO’s strongest songs ever, drawing on an array of influences from minimalist film score to vintage shoegaze. It is MONO at their absolute purest, executing an uncanny, unspoken dialogue with each other without the dozens of stringed instruments that have been so prominent throughout their catalog. The songs are also noticeably more efficient – there hasn’t been a MONO full-length record to fit on a single slab of vinyl since 2003’s One Step More And You Die – and the album benefits immeasurably from this streamlined approach. MONO have always been masters of telling compelling stories without words. But now they’ve proven they can do it without frills, too.

Rays of Darkness is the first MONO album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments whatsoever. That fact alone is remarkable given the band’s reputation for sweeping, dramatic instrumentals that recall Oscar-worthy film scores. Instead, Rays of Darkness more closely resembles a jet engine taking off inside a small, crowded auditorium. It is MONO’s blackest album ever, a collection of scorched riffs, doom rhythms, and an unexpected contribution from post-hardcore pioneer Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy. The album ends with the smoldering wreckage of distorted guitars and ominous drones playing out a eulogy to the days when MONO shot blinding rays of light through seemingly endless darkness.


1999年結成。当時日本で自分達の音楽を鳴らせる場所と機会に限界を感じたバンドは、その活路と演奏出来る機会を海外に求め、2000年にNYヘと渡る。最初のライヴでのオーディエンスは僅か5名足らず。言葉の壁もあり、NYでの活動も苦闘の連続。しかしそこを活動の場所と決めたバンドは、楽器を売り払い、ガソリン代を捻出しながらもライヴ活動を継続する。徐々にその強靭で、しかも無限のサウンドスケープを見せる演奏は注目を集め、徐々にライヴ規模を拡大。その後は毎年150本にも及ぶツアーを行うようになる。2004年にはUS有力インディペンデント・レーベルTemporary Residentsと契約。その後も歩みを緩めることなく、北中米、ヨーロッパ、アジア、と精力的にツアー及び、フェスティバルに出演、揺るぎないファン・ベースを獲得する。ネットやSNSでのインスタントなBUZZではなく、ライヴとその評判の口コミで世界規模での人気を獲得してきた。日本では数少ないバンドのひとつとなった。

2009年の結成10周年を機に、それまで企画を温めてきたオーケストラとのライヴを敢行。25名に及ぶWORDLESS MUSIC ORCHESTRAを編成し、はじめての海外公演の地、NYCで公演を行った。その模様はHoly Ground: NYC Live with The Wordless Music Orchestraとして2010年にCD/LP/DVDとしてワールドワイド・リリース。世界中で話題となり、LONDON, 東京、そしてメルボルンでの公演を行い、大成功を収めた。

2012年にはWordless Music Orchestraと共にスタジオへ入り、“For My Parents”をレコーディング。バンドとオーケストラとの創造性の高まりはより強度にそして高度になり、そこに広がる豊潤な音世界は唯一無二のMONOワールドとなった。その「For My Parents」にともなうワールド・ツアーでは、実に40カ国以上、150本以上に及び、成功を収め、その人気と評価はさらに高まった。


そして、15年の歳月を経て、さらにその表現の深度と強度を極限まで高めたMONOが自分達のサウンドを見つめ直し、自身の最長不倒を更新し新たな出発を告げる作品を携えて帰って来た。「Rays of Darkness」と「The Last Dawn」。MONOの持つ音楽の振幅、深度、強度、すべてにおいてソリッドに鋭利に研ぎ澄まされた2枚を2014年11月5日に同時リリースする。
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