Japanese instrumental rock group MONO are in the midst of a world tour celebrating their new album ‘Pilgrimage of the Soul’ and now have announced they will return to Australia in March 2023, three years since their last visit.
‘Pilgrimage of the Soul’ is the 11th studio album in the 22-year career of Japanese experimental rock legends. It has galvanized fans as perhaps the most unexpected MONO album to date – the well established interplay of whisper quiet and devastatingly loud is there, but crafted with new electronic textures and faster tempos notably influenced by techno. Of course, it is as awash in splendour as much as anything the band has ever done.
Originally formed in 1999, MONO’s unique approach blends orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise into memorable and emotional epics. Consistently held in high regard by their peers, their music has been praised by media, including NME proclaiming “This is music for the Gods.” Amongst their fans, they are revered as one of the best live experiences in rock.
They are also one of the hardest working bands on the planet – their annual world tours consist of over 150 shows and they have also established themselves as respected curators for the After Hours Festivals in China and Japan.
Having cemented their place amongst their post-rock and shoegaze contemporaries such as Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, My Blood Valentine and Mogwai, MONO are nonetheless peerless in terms of their incendiary live performances
The promoter Mike Solo of Bird’s Robe says “I’m very grateful that MONO continue to see Australia as a special place for them. Pilgrimage of the Soul has quickly become my favourite MONO record and I’m so excited to be helping to present these shows. If you’ve seen them before, you know how much passion and power their live show has. If you’ve never seen them – now is the time. They’re sounding better than ever and the long wait is finally over. Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney, you’re in for a treat. Perth & Adelaide, we’re sorry but hopefully you won’t have to wait too much longer!”
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