Yes, it’s a terrible title. Yes, I’ve not written anything here in ages. You want a full refund of the cost of reading the site? On its way to you right now.
I won’t say I’ve not been to any shows (because I have been to a few), but I will say that I’ve been resettling back in Velcro City, juggling writing commitments that people actually pay me money for with a new part-time day-job, and generally sorting a whole bunch of stuff out. Album reviews and waffling about music (other than in person) has, as such, taken a back seat. This isn’t so much an apology as a mea culpa. I’ve been busy.
But the horse is rested and the saddle beckons, so it’s time to break the tailbone back in. One such piece-to-come will be a review of glacial post-rockers Mono when they play Brighton next month… though this bit of promo blurb should probably explain why I’m gutted to be working on the night of their London show:
More recently MONO’s sound has dynamically shifted into something bigger and more cinematic, none more so than during their special New York concert organised by the band and Temporary Residence Limited where they super-sized their already legendary live show with a 24 piece orchestra.
This June, for the first time ever, One Inch Badge and Tidal Shift are bringing this unique spectacle to Europe, entitled “MONO and The Holy Ground Orchestra“. The performance will be held at KOKO, London (one of the capital’s most prestigious 1500 capacity venues) on the 7th June 2011.
MONO and The Holy Ground Orchestra performance is incredibly special as MONO will only perform in this capacity once every few years. So far they have performed it in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and New York (as documented in the Live CD/DVD release ‘Holy Ground’ on Temporary Residence) only.
Mono with a flipping orchestra? That’s gonna be a show that plucks at the heartstrings, and no mistake. Don’t believe me? Here’s some video of the recording for the above-mentioned DVD, with the band laying down “Halcyon (Beautiful Days)”:
But hey, there’s still dates for those of us who can’t make it to the Big Smoke for whatever reason:
- June 6th – Brighton , Concorde 2
- June 8th – Bristol , The Fleece
- June 9th – Manchester , Sound Control
- June 10th – Glasgow , The Arches
Here’s your chance to see a defining post-rock outfit play live; if they’re as good as last time I saw them, it’ll be money well spent, I assure you.