MONO are something pretty special. Whilst they’ve perhaps not yet achieved the cult status of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, aped the hip, used-on-every-advert-ever-but-still-cool Sigur Rós, or crushed every living thing with awesome like Mogwai, they’re should be so high up on every post-rock fan’s list of best ever ever that they’re crapping raincloud.
The Japanese quartet, which has featured the same line-up of Takaakira Goto (lead guitar, glockenspiel), Hideki Suematsu (rhythm guitar, glockenspiel), Tamaki Kunishi (bass guitar, guitar, piano, glockenspiel) and Yasunori Takada (drums) for ten years, and released six studio albums alone during that time (including this year’s sentimental For My Parents). They’ve also produced a split with post-metal band Pelican amongst others, as well as various EPs, live, remix and compilation albums. And two DVDs. That’s insane.
Starting December 1st in Bristol, MONO will be playing five dates across the country in a run that is sure to sell-out fast. Great post-rock is awesome on record, but it’s even more impressive live, and MONO are one of those bands who know exactly what they’re doing. London obviously goes nuts for the stuff, considering the sold-out two date shows GY!BE did here earlier this month, so check dates in the calendar and get to it!