Essential 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!
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!
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.
Taka: I was hugely inspired by their overwhelmingly beautiful sound of perfectly manipulated guitar noise.
Yoda: The dreamiest guitar sound!
Taka: The senses of feedbacks and noise are just the greatest.
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.