With the lights low and the steady buildup of smoke filling the room, the scene was set for a mesmerizing and intimate showcase from No Mono, and they did not disappoint. Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon were able to mentally and emotionally captivate the room from the second they began with “Violence Broken” for their fourth show in the album tour for “Islands (Part 1)”.
The duo displayed their range of talents with Iansek changing between synthesisers, keyboard, bass and bongos, while also supporting with backing vocals throughout their set, while Snowden played the guitar, made an appearance on the keyboard for encore song, “Frostbitten”, and fascinated the audience song after song with his resonant vocals.
The use of coloured spotlights, strobes and bright green lasers, with Snowdon’s raw, operatic falsetto and contrasting rich baritone, blended with Iansek’s pulsing synthesizer, created a dreamlike, sensory experience that left everyone transfixed. Tom Snowdon’s artistic dancing of his hands displayed a visual expression of the euphoric ambience that encompassed the room.
Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon are a wonderful musical match as they explore feelings and pursue a deeper understanding of the world around, while speaking to that through their music, encouraging others to do the same. I believe No Mono are paving a new path for the modern music industry built from the conscious desire to discover and express. Their passion for creation and experimentation is what sets them aside from so
many contemporary artists.
Attending a No Mono show is a must-see for those searching for a place to get lost in raw, beautiful talent. I would summarise their performance as the perfect combination of escapism and emotional expression that leaves you fully aware and wanting more.