The Boneyard Witch
SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER
DOORS 8pm (early gig)
TICKETS €16 from Road, City Discs, Sound Cellar and online at www.tickets.ie
Listen to Mono at www.myspace.com/monojapanrock
Notorious for their incredible live performances, Japan's Mono make their
Irish debut in the Hub on saturday november 4. Support on the night comes
from new band Dublin The Boneyard Witch, featuring members of Oak and
Throughout their six-year career, MONO has ascended consistently in both
popularity and critical acclaim, with record sales and live show attendance
corresponding. But still elusive to the Japanese quartet has been the
successful translation of their powerful and violently beautiful live
performances to their recordings. Despite their albums' masterful subtleties
and majestic walls of noise, the consensus has remained that their transcendent
live show is simply incomparable.
If there is any chance of breaking that spell, it lies in You Are There,
without a doubt the prime contender to unite the live and recorded worlds
of MONO. Once again captured to tape by Steve Albini at his Electrical
Audio studios in Chicago, IL, the album extends the cinematic drama of
2003's Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
(also recorded by Albini), while surpassing the sinister heaviness of
2002's lauded One Step More and You Die.
If Walking Cloud was a nuclear winter, then You Are There is the post-war
rebirth; steeped in an ominous creation-via-destruction atmosphere not
heard since Neurosis' landmark Enemy of the Sun defined the sound more
than a decade ago.
You Are There disproves the myth that an increased focus on intricate
song structures and string arrangements comes at the expense of youthful
energy and inspired aggression. With You Are There, MONO's representation
of tragedy comes with an inherent joy, delivered with the hope that in
all dark there is equal parts light. They're not heavy like Black Sabbath
- they're heavy like Beethoven.
Jeremy deVine /Temporary Residence Limited