Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on June 5, 2009

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The show, held at the acoustically spectacular New York Society for Ethical Culture, opened with the premier of Arvo Part's Symphony No. 4. A beautiful piece given life by the Wordless Orchestra conducted by Jeff Milarsky. It set a calm scene. Essential for the performance Mono was about to lay down.

The quartet, backed by a condensed version of the orchestra, played an hour plus set that quite simply defied my greatest expectations. Their regular sound is already unusually instrumental for a rock band so the inclusion of an orchestra was seamless and, for lack of a better word, epic. The 800 plus die hard Mono fans that had lined up around the block to get in were clearly transcended by the event. They four band members put everything they had out there. At one point the lead guitarist was on his hands and knees while a die hard fan hovered near by. Its an interesting experience, witnessing other people experience what may very well be their live musical apex. Even for someone like myself ,who may not have had an abundance of Mono exposure, the music that was created Friday night left me appropriately wordless. [The World in a Paper Cup]

Mono played two tenth-anniversary shows with the Wordless Orchestra in NYC: one at New York Society for Ethical Culture on May 8th, and a second at (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 9th. That review, and the pictures in this post, are from the first.

Mono will tour Europe in July, and then return to North America in September for a nearly month-long string of shows with Maserati. Those will include NYC stops at Bowery Ballroom on September 28th and the Bell House on September 29th. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.

More pictures and all tour dates, below...

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Mono - 2009 European Tour Dates
Jul 01 Vera Groningen, Netherlands
Jul 03 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark
Jul 05 Furia Sound Festival Cergy-pontoise, France
Jul 06 Jubez Karlsruhe, Germany
Jul 07 Abart Zurich, Switzerland
Jul 08 Bad Bonn Dudingen, Switzerland
Jul 10 Natala Festival Colmar, France
Jul 11 Gebaeude 9 Koln, Germany
Jul 12 Cactus Festival Brugge, Belgium

Mono - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 22: Walter's On Washington - Houston, TX
Sep 23: Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 24: Masquerade (Hell Stage) - Atlanta, GA*
Sep 25: Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC*
Sep 26: Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC*
Sep 27: First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA*
Sep 28: Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY*
Sep 29: The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY*
Sep 30: Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA*
Oct 01: La TuLipe - Montreal, QB*
Oct 02: Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON*
Oct 03: Magic Stick - Detroit, MI*
Oct 04: Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL*
Oct 05: Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN*
Oct 08: Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC*
Oct 09: Neumos - Seattle, WA*
Oct 10: Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR*
Oct 12: Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA*
Oct 13: El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA*
Oct 14: Club Congress - Tucson, AZ*
Oct 16: Hailey's - Denton, TX*
Oct 17: The Mohawk - Austin, TX*
*With Maserati

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Comments (8)

sweeeeeet

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 9:44 AM

truly amazing show... is probably what I would say if I was there. I went to le Poisson and that was truly outstanding. post those pics!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 9:46 AM

it really was an amazing show. glad BV finally posted pics. thanks you, BV.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 9:55 AM

MEHno

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 10:10 AM

MEHserable

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 10:56 AM

Fuck yeah, Mono again in September. That show at the Society for Ethical Culture was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:34 PM

the "die hard fan hovered near by" was a drunk egoestic bum who disturbed everyone through out the show and i threw him outside to the street.

Posted by danny boy | June 5, 2009 7:57 PM

although i liked that show a lot, and loved the great crowd, truth of the matter is that the orchestra didn't add much at all, you could've barely hear it and their arrengments weren't smart at all.

btw how will mono sound at bell house with the venue's weak PA system ?!

Posted by danny boy | June 5, 2009 8:03 PM

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