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MONO 20 Year Anniversary Mini-Album

Before The Past
Live From Electrical Audio


MONO formed in Tokyo, Japan in the closing winter weeks of December, 1999. They played their first live shows at the top of the new millennium, and released their first album, Under The Pipal Tree, in 2001. Recorded live in one day on a razor-thin budget, Pipal Tree was an earnest introduction to the curious magic of a band that would eventually become synonymous with monstrously dynamic, contemporary classical rock music.

To commemorate those austere beginnings – and celebrate their remarkable longevity – MONO revisit three of their earliest songs, and retrofit them with face-melting upgrades. Anchored by the towering 16-minute noise opus, “Com(?)”, Before The Past • Live From Electrical Audio shows the evolution of MONO’s execution, stripping away the strings and layers of guitar overdubs to show just how massive this band can be at their most instrumentally austere.

Newly recorded in one day in 2019 with longtime collaborator, Steve Albini – and mixed by Albini with Temporary Residence founder, Jeremy deVine – Before The Past is as much a declaration of the present as it is a document of the past. These songs, which are now 20 years old, feel more powerful and profound than ever – a testament to MONO’s enduring dedication to their craft, and their dogged exploration of maximum minimalism.

Out November 8, 2019 on CD, LP & Digital via Temporary Residence Ltd.

MONO & The Platinum Anniversary Collective

The Past US

• November 2019, USA •

Nov 9 (Sat)
The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA

w/ The Wordless Music Orchestra
Support: The Album Leaf

Nov 15 (Fri)
Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL

w/ Candlelight Chamber Orchestra
Support: Bell Witch

Nov 23 (Sat)
Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

w/ The Wordless Music Orchestra
Support: Bell Witch

Full Tour Schedule

MONO & The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra

The Past UK

• December 2019, London •

Dec 13 (Fri)
Oval Space 17:00


Dec 14 (Sat)
Village Underground 13:00

Nordic Giants
Jo Quail
Floating Spectrum

Dec 14 (Sat)
Barbican 19:00

MONO & The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra


Full Tour Schedule

20 Year Anniversary

Upcoming World Tour


Dec 10, 2019
Nijmegen, NL
Dec 11, 2019
Brussels, BE
Dec 12, 2019
Petit Bain
Paris, FR
Dec 14, 2019
Barbican Hall
London, UK
Mar 4, 2020
Rosemount Hotel
Perth, Australia
Mar 5, 2020
The Gov
Adelaide, Australia
Mar 6, 2020
Max Watts
Melbourne, Australia
Mar 7, 2020
Metro Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Mar 8, 2020
The Triffid
Brisbane, Australia
Mar 10, 2020
San Fran
Wellington, New Zealand
Mar 11, 2020
Auckland, New Zealand
Jun 20, 2020
Hellfest Open Air
Clisson, France