The Tokyo, Japan based 4-piece Instrumental Rock band MONO was originally formed in 1999. Their unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise in their music has been held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship can no longer be sustained by Rock music alone and was praised by British Musical Magazine NME as "This is music for the Gods". One of the most monumental live memories of the band was a special set of shows with a 23-piece orchestra in New York, Tokyo, London and Melbourne.
Their annual world tour consists of around 150 shows. The band has now visited over 55 countries and proudly holds the title of being one of the most internationally successful bands in Japan. Among Rock music critics and fans, they are revered as one of the best live bands in Rock.
After releasing 10 successful albums including a live album with an orchestra in New York, the band received the highly regarded award "The Marshall Hawkins Awards: Best Musical Score - Featurette" from the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema for their collaborative short film "Where We Begin" in 2015.
In 2016, the band recorded their 9th album "Requiem For Hell" with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago which was released worldwide on Oct 14, 2016.
In June 2018, the band will headline alongside such bands as My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Mogwai and Deftones at London's Meltdown Festival, curated by Robert Smith of The Cure.