When: 7.30pm on Sunday 2 December 2012
Where: Sound Control, 1 New Wakefield Street, Manchester M1 5NP
We’re delighted to be working with Japan’s MONO.
For My Parents is the new album by MONO, the Japanese quartet who – over the course of half a dozen albums in twice as many years – has followed their own muse, and in the process have become ‘one of the most distinctive bands of the 21st Century’.
They are an instrumental rock band whose melodies have grown increasingly lyrical, with increasingly transcendent execution. There is no doubting a MONO song when you hear it, and no denying their uncanny ability to feel perfectly at home in both pristine symphony halls and dirty rock clubs. In the way that only MONO can, For My Parents obliterates that divide, 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, so MONO.
Support in Manchester comes from Easter. Three years on from self-released EP Hob Talk, Easter released their debut album Innocence Man on White Box Recordings this summer. Easter use their palate freely with indie, folk, and even free-rock influences resulting in a more intense and accomplished take on their upright shoegaze sound. For musical reference points, try Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters, Sonic Youth, Califone, Neil Young, Sebadoh and Hood.
This show is a co-promotion with One Inch Badge.