MONO & world’s end girlfriend
Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain

Temporary Residence
2006
A
Reviewed by: Ian Mathers
Reviewed on: 2006-11-01



Posted 11/01/2006 - 07:33:01 AM by raskolnikov:
 This release must be amazing if it immediately makes Mathers think of other bands like Mogwai and GYBE. Think about it for a second--this is worthy of attention and money, "the most outstanding piece of music" that has been heard this year by the ever-worthy Ian Mathers, because it reminds him of other bands. So in order for Mathers to appreciate a release, it helps if the band is unoriginal to the point of sheer mimicry--which is what Mono is, despite their sonic power. My other fave comment from this review has to do with the fact that Mathers sees fit to dismiss the "first 55 minutes" of a long-form piece of music to breathlessly praise one movement within it. Post-rock is the most tired of musical genres outside of hip-hop these days anyway, and to praise such an openly derivative band is just bad critical writing. Mono is best seen live, when it's harder to trace back their compositional influences to their obvious sources.
 
Posted 11/01/2006 - 09:28:11 AM by brente:
 Please tell me by "latter" band you meant Mogwai, and not GYBE, even though you listed Mogwai first.
 
Posted 11/01/2006 - 10:46:45 AM by dougrokakis:
 raskolnikunt strikes again! "Post-rock is the most tired of musical genres outside of hip-hop these days anyway". While post-rock may be more of the same, bashing hip-hop as the most tired form of music today obviously makes you the most ignorant person to post on here. I wish I could have been there when you heard Khanate broke up Raskolnikunt. I bet you cried for days.
 
Posted 11/01/2006 - 12:30:42 PM by raskolnikov:
 Bands, their music, or their interpersonal relationships do not make me cry. Some bands make Ian Mathers cry, though. Isn't that right?