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Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two  

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Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog

Photos of Mono gig color part. Lets read Review from S.W first.

Review: Mono live in Hong Kong.

I can’t begin to tell you how bitterly disappointed I was, when I found out that I had missed the chance to see Mono playing live in both Beijing and Shanghai. My despair was made even greater knowing that international acts seem to give GZ a wide birth.

Happily my frown was turned upside down upon hearing the news that Mono would be playing the Hong Kong International Trade Centre on the 23rd of January. Tickets were purchased and my wife and I headed to Hong Kong and to what would turn out to be a most amazing night.

Mono’s first show in HK had high attendance, and deservedly so. The Japanese Post-Rock quartet are now in their eleventh year and seem to have an almost constant worldwide touring schedule. Their last album, 2009s beautiful ‘Hymn to the Immortal Wind’ was met with critical acclaim from almost all the music press, which these days is no small achievement. ‘Hymn’ saw the band adding more orchestration to their dynamic soundscapes, leading them away from their post-rock pigeon hole and towards contemporary classical. My question was, how would this translate in the live arena? The answer was perfectly!

Mono took the stage to polite applause and I held my breath with anticipation. Guitarists Taka and Yoda took their seats on either side of the stage; centre stands the gorgeous Tamaki on Bass with Yasunori hidden behind his drum kit.

Opening track ‘Ashes in the Snow’ put a mile-wide smile on my face that lasted the duration of the concert. Mono’s strength lies in building intense walls of sound. Their songs start quietly, creating an almost haunting atmosphere, until slowly rising to a pulsating crescendo of feedback, distortion and reverb. It is at these times, when their music is at its most emotional, that guitarist Taka comes into his own, rising from his chair for a moment and then throwing himself to the ground, his guitar thrown aside, frantically controlling his vast array of effects and beating his fist against the stage. The highlight of their set, for me, was the exquisite ‘Follow the Map’, a song that always brings a lump to my throat due to its simplicity and brilliance. That said, set closer ‘Everlasting Light’ was easily one of the best performances of music I have ever had the pleasure to witness.

Mono’s music is an emotional ride, it has to be said. But it is a beautiful journey to take and one that will leave its mark upon you, long after the house lights have been switched on. If you are serious about music then you have to give them a listen.

There are some bands that just have that special something, the power to move you.

Mono has that in spades.

Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog


Mono Gig in Hongkong Part Two - 九微 - Suedy D Photoblog

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