Mono

Mono (stylised as MONO) is a Japanese post-rock band, formed in 1999 in Tokyo. The band consists of Takaakira "Taka" Goto (electric guitar, glockenspiel), Hideki "Yoda" Suematsu (electric guitar, glockenspiel), Tamaki Kunishi (bass guitar, electric guitar, piano, glockenspiel), and Yasunori Takada (drum kit, glockenspiel, synthesizer).

Mono has released nine studio albums. The band spent their early years, from 1999 to 2003, touring Asia, Europe, and America continuously, and released two studio albums, Under the Pipal Tree (2001) and One Step More and You Die (2002) on the Tzadik and Music Mine Inc. record labels, respectively. From 2004 to 2007, Mono signed to Temporary Residence Limited, released two more studio albums, Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined (2004) and You Are There (2006), and toured worldwide in their support. In 2008, the band took a break, returning one year later with a new studio album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind (2009), also on Temporary Residence Limited. During the tour that followed they recorded a live album, Holy Ground: NYC Live With The Wordless Music Orchestra which was released in 2010. In October 2016 the band released their ninth studio album, titled Requiem for Hell.

The band's style of music is influenced by the genres of experimental rock and shoegazing, as well as by both the classical and contemporary classical periods of classical music, and also by noise and minimalism. Mono's sound is characterised by the lead and rhythm guitars of Goto and Yoda respectively, both of whom make extensive use of reverb, distortion and delay effects. The band's live performances are noted for their intensity, both in the playing and in the dynamics.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
MonoMono (2) - ADSR 2011 CD, Album
Mono Mono (2) - Oh Nein Oh Nein 1983 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
MonoMono (2) - Två Porträtt 2015 Vinyl, LP
Mono (7) - Requiem For Hell 2016 Vinyl, LP, Vinyl, LP, Single Sided, Etched, All Media, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo
Mono - Life In Mono 1998 Vinyl, 12", Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM
Mono - Life In Mono 1996 Vinyl, 12"
Mono (7) - Memorie Dal Futuro 2006 Vinyl, 10", 45 RPM, Limited Edition
[Mono]* - [Mono] 2002 CD, EP
Mono (7) - You Are There 2006 File, FLAC, Album
Mono (75) - Susanne 2005 CDr, Single, Promo
Mono (7) - Beyond The Past (Live In London With The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra) 2021 Vinyl, LP, Stereo
Mono - High Life 1998 Vinyl, 12"
Mono - Life In Mono 1997 Vinyl, 12", Promo
Mono (14) - True To The Game 2007 Vinyl, 12"
Mono (7) - Hey, You. EP 2000 CD, EP, Limited Edition
No Image Mono (7) - Scarlet Holliday 2022 Vinyl, 10", 45 RPM, EP
Mono (7) - Requiem For Hell 2021 Vinyl, LP, Vinyl, LP, Single Sided, Etched, All Media, Album, Limited Edition
Mono (7) - Rays Of Darkness 2014 Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Mono - High Life 1998 CD, Maxi-Single
Mono (7) - One Step More And You Die 2003 CD, Album
Mono (7) - Nowhere Now Here 2019 Vinyl, LP, Album
Mono (7) - Gone - A Collection Of EPs 2000-2007 2007 CD, Compilation
Mono (7) - Pilgrimage Of The Soul 2021 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Mono - Formica Blues 1997 CD, Album
Mono (2) - 4 EP 2006 Vinyl, 12"
Mono (7) - Nowhere Now Here Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Repress
Mono (2) - Istanbul EP 2007 Vinyl, 12", EP
Mono (7) - You Are There 2007 CD, Album
Mono - Formica Blues 1997 CD, Album
Möno - Are You Ready ? 2005 CD, Album
Mono - Life In Mono 1996 Vinyl, 12", Promo
Mono (7) - Pilgrimage Of The Soul 2021 Vinyl, LP, Vinyl, LP, All Media, Album, Limited Edition
No Image Mono (7) - One Step More And You Die - Sample 2002 CDr, Album, Promo
Möno - Showtime 2008 CD, Album
Mono (16) - Ace Tone 1982 Cassette, Mini-Album
Mono - Formica Blues CD, Album, Unofficial Release
No Image Mono (18) - Love / Sunshine Dubplate 2001 Vinyl, 10", 45 RPM, Test Pressing
Mono (13) - Live In Nighttown! 2000 CDr
Mono (7) - My Story, The Buraku Story (An Original Soundtrack) 2022 File, FLAC, Album
Mono - Life In Mono 1997 CD, Maxi-Single
Mono (7) - Requiem For Hell 2016 Vinyl, LP, Vinyl, LP, Single Sided, Etched, All Media, Album, Limited Edition
Mono - Life In Mono 1996 CD, Single
M.ono - Mountain Game 2018 Vinyl, 12"
Mono - Life In Mono 1998 CD, Single, Promo
Mono (7) - One Step More And You Die - New York Soundtracks 2004 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
Mono (7) - Gone - A Collection Of EPs 2000-2007 2007 CD, Compilation
Mono (76) - Mil Caminos 2013 CD, Album
Mono. - MONOrchy 2012 CDr
Mono (13) - Right Time 2002 File, FLAC, Single
Mono (7) - The Last Dawn 2019 Cassette, Mini-Album, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release

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