I knew folks were excited for the Menomena show at The Luminary Center, but I definitely didn’t expect such a large crowd to turnout on a Monday evening. Maybe diehard fans were dying to see their first appearance back in town since 2007 (at the Billiken Club). Maybe some were newbies like me, curious to check them out after listening to their most recent album, Mines. But judging by the enthusiastic response at the end of their set, it didn’t matter which camp you originally fell into – you still came out as a fan at the end.
More notes and pictures after the jump:
-Drummer Danny Seim is a beast on the drums and if you doubt it, just look at him in the picture above during the first song compared to the opening picture towards the end of the set.
-It’s really interesting to see what each member of Menomena brings to the composition of the song, whether it be different instruments or ways they lead the vocals. It kind of felt like you were getting three different bands.
-I wonder if your Menomena experience is influenced by which band member you are next to. Seim was easily the most energetic and I could see the show being more intense at that end of the stage. On the other side, Brent Knopf was the complete opposite, often looking upwards or off into the distance with a gentle aloofness.
-Here’s an admission that will surely lose me credibility. For the longest time, I thought Matmos and Menomena were the same band.