Saturday 14th December at Barbican (doors 7pm)
MONO & The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra
Tickets on sale Friday 28th June 2019 10 a.m via http://beyondthepast.seetickets.com
Oval Space show - £20 or £15 via the Barbican website at check-out for MONO tickets Village Underground show - £6 (available at check-out for MONO tickets) Barbican Hall show - £25 / £30 / £35 + £85 VIP
* all tickets subject to booking fee
* Members pre-sale for MONO at Barbican Hall Thursday 27th June 10 a.m
The conflict and correlation between dark and light is a universal theme with a rich history. Musically, perhaps no band in the 21st Century has mined that relationship more consistently or effectively than Japan’s MONO.
Across 10 albums in 20 years, MONOhave convincingly reflected the quietest and most chaotic parts of life through their music. Their ever-expanding instrumental palette – which began in earnest in 1999 with the traditional guitar-bass-drums rock band setup – has evolved to include as many as 30 orchestral instruments. Now, on Nowhere Now Here,the band add electronics to their repertoire – perhaps inspired by guitarist/composer Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto’srecent collaboration with John McEntire,the beguiling Behind the ShadowDrops. Nowhere Now Herealso sees MONO’sfirst-ever lineup change, adding new drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla (The Phantom Family Halo)to the core trio of Goto, Tamaki,and Yoda. Tamakialso makes her vocal debut here, singing into the shadows of vintage Nicoon the poetically hazy Breathe.
The unlikely career of MONO has taken them to virtually every corner of the planet, several times over. Those corners have all left indelible marks on their music, as it drills deeper towards the sound of feeling not quite human and all too human – often at the same time.
MONO have also shared a collaborative short film, directed by French director Julien Levy.The short film was inspired by new track After You Comes The Floodand features a pursuit through the streets of Tokyo during which fear and attraction collide.
Recorded with producer Steve Albini,Nowhere Now Hereis released on 25th January 2019 via Pelagic Records.