MONO Start 2012 UK and Ireland Tour Today

Blurring the boundary between art-metal and neo-classical, Japanese post-rockers MONO hailing from Tokyo, have long established themselves as the leading voice of epic majestic noise. For over 12 years in fact. Their instrumental compositions are powerful, sweeping studies in the limits of the musical spectrum; from rumbling subsonic lows to dizzying harmonic highs.

Last time MONO performed live over here, they were accompanied by a breathtaking performance with the Holy Ground Orchestra. Now they will return for a full UK and Ireland tour promoting their brand new album For My Parents, showcasing a sensitivity and maturity that simultaneously acknowledges where they came from, and where they’re going. The songwriting is sharper, the dynamics are subtler, and the production is stunning. For the recording, the band once again enlisted The Wordless Music Orchestra for support, and the collaboration has never sounded stronger. The unique combination of soul-stirring melodies, cinematic East-meets-West arrangements, and firm command of elusive emotional intangibles is what makes MONO so…well, MONO.

The tour dates:
Sat 01 Dec: Exchange, Bristol.
Sun 02 Dec: Sound Control, Manchester.
Mon 03 Dec: Oran Mor, Glasgow.
Tue 04 Dec: Mandela Hall, Belfast, Ireland.
Wed 05 Dec: Cypress Avenue, Cork, Ireland.
Thu 06 Dec: Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland.
Fri 07 Dec: Leicester Cathedral, Leicester.
Sat 08 Dec: Village Underground, London.

Check them out for yourself with their 12-minute epic, below;

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About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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