It hasn’t been that long since Menomena’s last performance in St. Louis (October at The Luminary Center) but the recent departure of Brent Knopf resulted in a different band returning for a show at The Gargoyle.
The change in lineup was a minor disappointment with Knopf’s tracks some of my favorites from Mines, but the band’s current lineup ended up a lot more cohesive. In Knopf’s absence, Paul Alcott and Matt Dabrowiak manned keyboards and guitars, playing in a much more excited manner that bettered matched the intensity of the remaining Menomena founders, Justin Harris and Danny Seim. The way Alcott bounced around behind the keyboard, compared to Knopf’s more detached manner, just seemed to fit a lot more with Seim’s beastly drumming on the other end of the stage. I don’t know what the current lineup really means for the future of the group, but I definitely felt like their current iteration makes for a much more unified presentation in concert.
A year ago, I thought these guys were the people who worked with Bjork (Matmos). Now after two shows, I’ve become a fan and hope to see them again soon. (And hopefully at a place with more lighting.)
-After the dim lighting for the Maps & Atlases set, I was hoping the lights would come on for Menomena. Unfortunately, we got the same red lights and none of the usual front lights. Yuck.
-Brent Knopf’s current project, Ramona Falls, is headed out on tour with The National soon, so it doesn’t look like he’s taking a break.
-I didn’t realize how tall Danny Seim is until he walked by outside the venue. Towering.
-Forgot to take a picture of them, but the Menomena shirts on the merch table were pretty sweet.