Japanese post-rock band, MONO with their picks for Essential Wax

Essential Wax with MONO


U-Turn Audio Orbit turntable, sponsor of Discogs Essential Wax seriesEssential Wax is our series in partnership with U-Turn Audio where we talk to a different artist each week about the records that have made an impact on them and their work. Check out previous editions with Dan Deacon and Anna Bulbrook! This time, Taka and Yoda of Japanese post-rock band, MONO tell us about their favorite guitar-driven records!

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MONO formed in 1999 and quickly established themselves as something special with their unique blend of orchestral arrangements and shoegaze-style wall of sound. It didn’t take long for the international music community to sit up and take notice, with perhaps the highest praise coming from NME, labelling their sound as “Music for the Gods”.

For the ultimate MONO experience, you have to see them live. Their reputation as a live band is well-deserved, as they bring intense emotional performances and extreme dynamics to deliver an unforgettable live experience. They always record live in the studio and worked with Steve Albini for their most recent release Requiem For Hell, confident in Albini’s abilities to accurately capture the raw emotion of their live performance.

For their Essential Wax picks, Taka and Yoda shed some light on some of their favorite guitar sounds and records that have influenced their own music. Check out their list!

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, Loren Connors and Clint Heidorn's Light

Loren Connors & Clint Heidorn – Light

Taka: I’ve been a huge fan of Loren Connors for a very long time. His guitars take me to a special place every time I listen to them.

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, My Bloody Valentine's Loveless

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

Taka: I was hugely inspired by their overwhelmingly beautiful sound of perfectly manipulated guitar noise.
Yoda: The dreamiest guitar sound!

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, Portishead's Roseland NYC Live

Portishead – Roseland NYC Live

Taka: Adrian’s guitar performance is truly wonderful. His senses are just spot on and very cool.

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, The Velvet Underground & Nico's self-titled album

The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico

Taka: The senses of feedbacks and noise are just the greatest.

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix – Live At Woodstock

Taka: The way he portrays the tragedy of war with his guitar is a masterpiece, and the music still lives on even to this day as that time period’s soundtrack.

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, Shellac's At Action Park

Shellac – At Action Park

Yoda: The best punk guitar sound!

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, Bauhaus's Mask

Bauhaus – Mask

Yoda: The best new wave guitar sound!

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force

Yngwie Malmsteen – Rising Force

Yoda: The best Metal guitar sound!

MONO's Essential Wax record picks, The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

Yoda: And the best guitar sound!

Pick up MONO’s latest album, Requiem For Hell now and be sure to catch them on tour!

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