SH Dispatch #19: MONO

MONO

MONO

There were three bands that I played last year in Shanghai that I didn’t get to watch. One was Mogwai, which I missed because I was taking my vacation back home. Another was Miaou, which a friend just recently pointed out. Then there was Mono. When the usual sites I visit that lists upcoming gigs listed Mono again, I was more than glad that my work schedule now allows me to go to these concerts. These things rarely go past midnight.

I’ve stopped actively listening to post-rock for a few years now, but you don’t just take a pass on these things, especially if you have access to conveniences. I even had my ticket delivered home, on a red-alert typhoon day.

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I was two hours early at MAO Livehouse, and was probably person number twelve already. No one was in line, so I just propped myself where I’d expect it to start. Was I first to enter? Nope, and you won’t understand if you haven’t stayed in China for some time. Annoyed, I just settled with the fact that I still got my usual position in front of the stage to shoot.

MONO

There were artificial candles, and, not that I was surprised, no microphone stands. The guitars and gadget boxes were not the newest and shiniest gears, but I’ve read in a recent interview that its the same equipment that the band has used since they started in 1999.

MONO

I lost track of time the entire set. I was busy shooting stills, and recorded a video of one song (currently uploading). I have listened to a few of the band’s records some years ago, and most of what I heard, I wasn’t familiar with, but after listening to their new For My Parents CD, I realized they played a lot from it. Funny though that the audience kept shouting their woohoos at every dramatic piano-laden intro.

There was no encore. I didn’t take this badly though. The set was great, there was no bone of disappointment, and if the band (or management) deemed that an encore wasn’t necessary, that’s their prerogative.

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The aforementioned video:

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The list of upcoming gigs over here in Shanghai is not so bad. However, this is the one I’m willing to kill for.

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