Kitec, May 3, 7.30pm
It's hard to say exactly why, but instrumental rock somehow does really well in Hong Kong. We have several of our own worthy post-rock acts - Elf Fatima is probably the best - and the likes of Mogwai, Toe and the Album Leaf have traditionally drawn large, responsive crowds here.
One band, in particular, has a special relationship with the city. Japan's Mono (right) was here in January last year, when they played to an enraptured crowd at Kitec. Now they're coming back with a second helping of their classically influenced rock on May 3.
'We had a really good time in Hong Kong last time,' lead guitarist/songwriter Takaakira Goto says. 'I'm not sure why we go well together with Hong Kong, but maybe we exchange a similar kind of energy.'
For this gig, in particular, Goto and band will be hoping for plenty of positive energy - they are donating some of the show's proceeds to the Red Cross to help the victims of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Mono are one of those bands that never say die. They've been together for 12 years, produced five albums and seem to be on tour constantly. 'As time passes, we just learn about our strengths and weaknesses as a quartet,' Goto says of the chemistry that binds the group. 'It's really a team effort. Seeing how hard it is for bands to stay together, I feel like it's a miracle that we found each other.'
After Hong Kong, Mono continue to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand before an 18-stop tour around Europe, culminating in a London show with the Holy Ground Orchestra.
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