Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to Takaakira "Taka" Goto, guitarist for MONO.

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?


My BOSS reverb pedal RV-5. 


How did you come across this particular item?


We've been using BOSS’ reverb pedal since the day the previous model RV-3 was released. We've used them for all of MONO's albums.


What is it that you like about it so much?


The pedal allows us to create fantasy-like, beautiful sounds like a piano's sustain pedals.


How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?


We generally plug our reverb pedals first. If you think about it from a general perspective, it's a little strange, but we add fuzz, overdrive and distortion after adding reverb. This allows unique shoegaze sounds to be born.


Tell us a little about what you have coming up.


We hope to create shows that are like escaping out from darkness to light by controlling a huge range of dynamic sounds, from beautifully sad, clean tones to an end of the century-like noise. We tour Australia this November. We look forward to it.



Mono’s Australian tour kicks off Wednesday November 8 in Brisbane. Requiem For Hell is out now via Temporary Residence Limited/Pelagic Records.