Founded in November 2018 in İstanbul, Post-Hardcore/Screamo band Ria consists of the members of other bands from the Turkish Hardcore/Punk, Screamo scene such as Burn Her Letters, Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü and Pourbon.
The first thing that can be said about Ria’s first LP “Mono No Aware” is that it offers an experience as distinct as it is uncompromising. It’s an explosive, vicious, and metaphor-adorned Hardcore Punk release that carries on the Orchid tradition without ever being linear.
As a result of their genre being raw and dynamic by nature, the band has been quite elaborate with both their songwriting and their recordings. As for the songs themselves, the tracks in Mono No Aware consist of guitar riffs and drum partitions that are very unique and stylistic. Especially when considering the different backgrounds that the members originate from, it’s quite natural for the songs to have distinct styles while also offering very different elements at the same time. In one song it’s possible to hear influences from French Post Black Metal, whereas another song can offer an atmosphere as deep as it is dynamic in the style of bands such as Envy or Neil Perry.
On top of it all, the band manages to reflect their chemistry to the record very organically: The final record sounds much more like one recorded in a damp basement rather than one recorded in a professional studio.
The album’s lyrical themes are in accord with the title “Mono No Aware”. It is built on dualities such as Life-Death, Human Nature-Hypocrisy, Frustration-Rage, Destruction-Hope, and implicit politics and protest in connection with humanity and life. The record makes the listeners experience feelings of gloom, fury, and despair simultaneously throughout its 8 track runtime.
They try to put the same energy and intensity to their visual works like music videos as they achieved it on live performances. Also, their multidisciplinary approach brought out remix album called “Diphylleia” shortly after the debut album.
*Mono no aware (物の哀れ), literally “the pathos of things”, and also translated as “an empathy toward things”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”, is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō), or the transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life.