MONO | West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour (4/30/14)
One week later, I’m back at The Troubadour, this time for the post-rock band MONO. I took my micro 4/3rd camera with me to test out its low light capabilities, along with 2 prime lenses – the Olympus M Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 and the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II, and was able to get some decent close-up shots.
The four members quietly entered the stage, accompanied by a short outburst of cheers from the audience, then took their positions. The venue became dead silent, as they closed their eyes. With a deep breath, guitarist Taka began to play, taking us all on the emotional, cinematic journey known as MONO. Opening their set with “Yearning,” the song slowly transformed from a few sparse notes to a tumultuous raging storm. Suddenly, Taka leapt from his stool, knocking it over, then went for his pedalboard, as he held his guitar upside down, filling the place with feedback and distortion. Head down, he began beating his fist to the ground. I could feel the floor beneath me vibrating. It was, as the person next to me said, “Intense!”
The journey continued for a solid hour and a half, with no encores, the band (as well as myself) completely emotionally exhausted. As the members were packing up their equipment, they happily greeted anyone that approached them, taking photos and signing autographs.
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