Friday, 30th Semptember 2016
Patronaat, Haarlem, the Netherlands
The workweek was done and it was finally friday evening.
Patronaat is just 10 minutes from my house by bus but my bike broke down and the bus was delayed so I did not have a relaxed trip to Haarlem.
Also a bit stressed from a long week of hard work I really needed an evening of live music.
I wondered if Monomyth was playing the small venue but to my surprise they played in the Patronaat cafe.
The Patronaat cafe is not very big and there were about thirty people present,
so not very crowded but the atmosphere was good.
The band was applauded and in the front many were dancing and moving.
As you can see there was a lot of smoke on the stage and they changed the colour of the light during the concert.
Mostly it was dark but at times it was red or blue in the Patronaat cafe.
The music of Monomyth is described as instrumental space kraut stonerrock.
And that indeed sums it all up nicely.
Monomyth creates a dark wall of sound and each song kind of travels from segment to segment in a steady pounding pace.
The drummer keeps the whole thing together and the bass player is like the engine that keeps the sound moving.
The guitar provides some dark melodies and the two keyboard players fill the sound until it becomes a huge vehicle that
just keeps going.
Monomyth is not a band where each member gets a solo spot, all musicians work together in each element of the music, be it mellow or heavy.
The music of Monomyth is hard to split up in separate songs.
If I remember correctly they started with Vanderwaalskrachten.
The played a handful of songs and all of them are an atmospheric musical trip.
It was amazing to see how Monomyth played those lengthy songs and keep track of where they were going.
At times the songs go on for a long time with just some minor subtle changes so it should be hard to keep track.
But all the time they appeared to be in control and moved seamlessly throughout the whole gig.
They must have improvised some parts but they never lost the huge solid sound.
Only downside was that they did not play for a very long time.
Without an encore they stopped and the drummer started to disassemble his drumkit.
I could have done with one more song as an encore, preferably one of the long ones.
Monomyth played a great gig, the huge sound of Monomyth and the nice atmosphere made it a very pleasant friday evening,
I forgot all about my working and travelling stress.
Nice to see them in a small cafe but it would be great to see Monomyth at a festival.
Monomyth Official Website
DPRP's Review of Monomyth's "Exo"
DPRP's Review of Monomyth's "Further"
DPRP's Review of Monomyth's "Monomyth"