CKUA Performance Hall. 9804 Jasper Ave | Doors 8:00pm. All ages. | $12 advance. General admission. | Presented by 2018 Up and Downtown Music Festival.
Ever since forming in September 2014, Mauno (pronounced Mao-no, and ironically named after bassist / vocalist Eliza Niemi’s completely unmusical Finnish grandfather) has had a wandering sound that refuses to be pinned down. On the Nova Scotia quartet’s album Rough Master, they meander from twisting grunge-pop to piano ambience and string-accompanied haze, in part inspired by Niemi’s background in classical cello and prog rock. Their latest release, Tuning, serves up relaxed tones, and soothing, harmonious vocals, with melodies that’ll keep you on your toes as they guide you through a musical examination of leaving, the complexity of relationships, and the meaning of endings. By marrying the styles of the four band members – Nick Everett (guitar and vocals), Eliza Niemi (bass, vocals, cello), Scott Boudreau (guitar), and Adam White (drums) – Mauno promises to draw you in, and leave you wanting more.