So the good thing about Pop Montreal is discovering new bands. Well, I suppose that is true with pretty much all festivals, I digress.
I managed to catch most of Menomena, a band I had never heard of prior. Sometimes I at least know a band by name, however that is not even the case this time.
Menomena are from Portland, Oregon, and have been active since 2000, and have just released their fourth album, Mines, on July 27. A person I was talking to before the show described them as prog light, or something to that effect. Upon hearing them, I kind of agree, however I’d say more indie. All Music and Wikipedia list experimental rock as well, which I would say feels right.
All members of the band share singing duties and frequently swap instruments while playing. Justin Harris, despite the fact they do share lead vocals, from what I saw, I would feel he is the primary lead vocalist. He played mostly guitar, but also a song that had a predominant bassline, and also saxaphone. Danny Seim on percussion pretty much stuck with drums, while Brent Knopf played keys, and guitar I believe. They also had Joe Haege of Tu Fawning as an additional performer with them (a touring member), he played bass and guitar, and had some keys of his own. Apologies if I made an error, as I still do not know them very well. And they all seemed quite competent with all their instruments.
Although it may not be actually prog, the term may work in the way the sax, and instrumentation is arranged. Also the songs are of decent length, not too long, but not too short either, probably in the five minute range.
I have just been looking at reviews of the new album, and past albums, and they appear to all be very well rated! I managed to pick up their third release, Friend and Foe, as their new one was sold out. Once I give it some rotation, I’ll post a review here.
Openers were Suckers, and Tu Fawning. Tu Fawning will be releasing their debut, Hearts On Hold, October 5. I am actually sorry I missed them, as judging by their music on MySpace, they seem quite good, and I am a sucker for girl/women (or female if you will) singers!
Menomena were actually just on Last Call with Carson Daly as well, taped from when they performed in Los Angeles September 16.
Continue for the remaining Menomena, Tu Fawning, and Suckers tour dates.
Double check the official dates, as these will not be up to date in case of any changes.
09/30/10 Boston, MA
10/01/10 New York, NY
10/02/10 Providence, RI
10/03/10 Milford, CT
10/05/10 Philadelphia, PA
10/06/10 Washington, DC
10/07/10 Carrboro, NC
10/08/10 Atlanta, GA
10/09/10 Nashville, TN
10/11/10 St. Louis
10/12/10 Lawrence, KA
10/14/10 Denver, CO
10/15/10 Salt Lake City, UT
10/16/10 Boise, ID
11/18/10 Dortmund at FZW Buy tickets
11/19/10 Amsterdam at Paradiso Buy tickets
11/20/10 Berlin at Admiralspalast Buy tickets
11/21/10 Heidelberg at Karlstorbahnhof
11/22/10 Feierwerk at Munich Buy tickets
11/24/10 Leipzig at Skala Buy tickets
11/25/10 Cologne at Gebäude 9 Buy tickets
11/26/10 Utrecht at Le Guess Who Festival Buy tickets
11/28/10 Brussels at Autumn Falls Buy tickets
11/29/10 Menomena in London at Brixton Academy
11/30/10 London at XOYO Buy tickets
12/01/10 Manchester at Deaf Institute Buy tickets
12/02/10 Glasgow at Arches Buy tickets
12/03/10 Liverpool at Kazimir Buy tickets
12/04/10 Leeds at Brudenell Buy tickets
09/30/10 Boston, MA at Royale*
10/01/10 New York, NY at Webster Hall*
10/05/10 Philadelphia PA at First Unitarian Church*
10/06/10 Washington, DC at 9:30 Club*
10/07/10 Carroboro, NC at Cats Cradle*
10/08/10 Atlanta, GA at Variety Playhouse*
10/09/10 Nashville, TN at Mercy Lounge*
10/11/10 St. Louis at St. Louis at Luminary Center for the Arts
10/12/10 Lawrence, KC at The Bottleneck
10/14/10 Denver, CO at Bluebird Theater
10/15/10 Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
10/16/10 Boise, ID at Neurolux
10/29/10 Portland, OR at Doug Fir HOMETOWN ALBUM
RELEASE CELEBRATION w/ BillyGoat and AAN
12/10/10 Eugene at Sam Bond’s Garage w/ Black Prairie
12/11/10 Seattle at Sunset Tavern w/ Black Prairie
Suckers – 2010 Tour Dates
Sept 30 – Royale, Boston, MA*
Oct 01 – Webster Hall,New York, NY*
Oct 02 – Jerky’s Music Hall, Providence, RI*
Oct 03 – Daniel Street, Milford, CT*
Oct 05 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA*
Oct 06 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC*
Oct 07 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC*
Oct 08 – The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA*
Oct 09 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN*
* with Menomena
Oct 18 – Olympia Theater, Dublin Ireland#
Oct 19 – Millennium Music Hall, Cardiff, Wales#
Oct 20 – Academy 2/1, Manchester, England#
Oct 21 – Roundhouse, London, England#
Oct 22 – Trent University, Nottingham, England#
Oct 23 – Academy, Newcastle, England#
Oct 24 – ABC, Glasgow, Scotland#
Oct 26 – Bataclan, Paris, France#
Oct 27 – Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg#
Oct 28 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium#
Oct 29 – Melkweg, Amsterdam Holland#
Oct 30 – Tivoli, Utrecht, Holland#
Oct 31 – Maria, Berlin, Germany#
# with Yeasayer