Mono @ Le Poisson Rouge, New York, 5/09/09

Japanese post-rock band Mono, accompanied by The Wordless Music Orchestra, played a tremendous set last night at Greenwich Village’s Le Poisson Rouge for its 10th anniversary–it was the band’s only North American concert in support of Hymn to the Immortal Wind

Post-rock is one of my favorite contemporary musical genres…besides the sheer beauty of the music–the shimmering melodies, the long and mounting crescendos, the soaring climaxes–I appreciate its international appeal: post-rock bands hail from not only Japan but Ireland (God is an Astronaut), Canada (Godspeed You! Black Emporer, Do Make Say Think), Scotland (Mogwai), Iceland (Sigur Rós), as well as the United States (Explosions in the Sky, Red Sparowes).  I also appreciate the way that post-rock bands–despite the fact that most post-rock songs are wordless–draw on the expressive and poetic power of language for their titles.  Here’s a list of some fantastically long post-rock album titles:       

Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

You, You’re a History in Rust

Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined

Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever

He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms…

But, without further adieu, some photographic evidence of the show (thanks to Cacao for being “embedded”)…

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~ by Michael Leong on May 10, 2009.

2 Responses to “Mono @ Le Poisson Rouge, New York, 5/09/09”

  1. I was there… best show i’ve seen in a long time. but that was expected. =]

  2. You are right, Mono is pure poetry, by the way, Estela Lamat’s poetry sounds like Mono!
    Keep us posted

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