Posts Tagged ‘Menomena’

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Menomena- Sugarclub gig Feb 08

March 1, 2008

 Just back from the gig in the Sugarclub and have mixed feelings about it.

They have some great tunes and they played all of them tonight- as usual I am not great at remembering the order but from what I remember they played everything from the new album and quite a few from the older ones as well.  I think that the new album has the stronger music and that the older tunes just don’t stand up as well. 

When they played the more popular ones the place had a excellent vibe and they sounded spot on- but they could not keep this vibe going and the gig had a start and stop quality to it.  However, what really gives me mixed feelings is that with music like this I would expect some expansion of the themes for a live performance and it left me disappointed that they played the songs exactly as they are on the album.  I am still not convinced that the Sugarclub was the best place for them either- the sound is good but the seating really is not great for a post-rock band and I think that having a white screen and a fairly lit up stage was distracting.  

Overall I think that this had the promise of being a great gig but with the lack of any exploration of their own music I think it was only good.  It has wet my appetite for seeing Battles in May though.

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Menomena

February 28, 2008

[EDIT]- Only found out on the way out the door this morning that I have the free night so I hope there are some tickets at the door!!  So not glammed up in the slightest for The Sugar Club but leaving drinks for one of the lads out of the old job beforehand so will be glowing from the inside! 

Doesn’t look like I am going to be able to make these guys tomorrow in the Sugar Club- shame since some of their tunes have really stuck with me- especially Wet and Rusting.

However this has been going through the head all day unabated- supposedly where they got their name from.  Arggghhhh

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Menomena- Friend and Foe

February 26, 2008

Have been listening to Menomena for the last week off and on and they really have some great tunes.  Layered melodies, syncopated beats and just plain atmospheric- excellent songs that are sure to stay in the head and would be even better live.   They will be on in the Sugar Club this Friday- don’t think its the best venue for these guys but wont complain if I get to see them there! 

Official review of their album at Pitchfork.  Some YouTubes below of my favourites- hard to find any official ones so some of the better fan ones and a few songs just linked.

Wet and Rusting

My My

Boyscout’n

Muscle’n Flo-

The Pelican

Evil Bee– the only official video