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Mono (stylised as MONO) is a Japanese instrumental band, formed in 1999 in Tokyo. The band consists of Takaakira "Taka" Goto (electric guitar, glockenspiel), Hideki "Yoda" Suematsu (electric guitar, glockenspiel), Dahm Majuri Cipolla (drums), and Tamaki Kunishi (bass guitar, electric guitar, piano, glockenspiel). 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 Records 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. Their most recent effort, 'Nowhere Now Here' was released on January 25, 2019 through Pelagic Records, and was produced by the band's longtime friend Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago. It also contains Tamaki's first vocals for the band on the track 'Breathe'. The band have cited a variety of experimental, avant-rock and classical music artists as inspirations but stated that their aim is to transcend genre, rejecting the post-rock label which has often been applied to them. 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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Genres rock post rock noise electronic experimental
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  1. Part Three
  2. The Last Dawn
  3. Kanata
Top release The Last Dawn

Albums

  1. Under the Pipal Tree
    2001
  2. One Step More and You Die
    2002
  3. Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
    2004
  4. Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain
    2005
  5. You Are There
    2006
  6. 4.0
    Hymn to the Immortal Wind
    2009
  7. For My Parents
    2012
  8. Rays of Darkness
    2014
  9. 5.0
    The Last Dawn
    2014
  10. Requiem for Hell
    2016
  11. Nowhere Now Here
    2019

Other releases

  1. Hey,You. EP
    2000
  2. 2003-11-13: Café du Nord, San Francisco, CA, USA
    2004
  3. New York Soundtracks
    2004
  4. 2005-03-04: Radio Radio Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, USA
    2005
  5. Pelican / Mono
    2005
  6. Memorie dal futuro
    2006
  7. Travels in Constants, Volume 22: The Phoenix Tree
    2007
  8. Gone: A Collection of EPs 2000_2007
    2007
  9. One Step More And You Die / New York Soundtracks
    2009
  10. Holy Ground: NYC Live With The Wordless Music Orchestra
    2010
  11. Kanata
    2013
  12. The Last Dawn / Rays of Darkness. Tour 2014 - 2015
    2015
  13. Transcendental
    2015
  14. Live in Melbourne
    2017
  15. 2007-05-16: First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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  16. Session,02
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  17. 2009-04-21: L'Olympic, Nantes, France
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  18. 2007-10-02: 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, USA
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  19. 2004-07-21: Peel Session
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