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.
Congrats to The Globes, being the first band to have been photographed twice since I set up this site. Last time, they were opening for Maps & Atlases. This time around, it was for Menomena. Something seemed different this time, a little darker, a little edgier. Whatever the case, I heard a lot of comments in the crowd and the next day complementing The Globes’ set.
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Portland’s Tu Fawning started their set with all four members playing the tambourine, immediately drawing the line in the sand. I’m not really even sure how I’d classify their sound, feeling something like ancient spirituals somehow being channeled through modern instruments. And the crowd awaiting Menomena was either with them or confused by them.
By the end of their set, I was completely with them. It was definitely something unique, even though I really can’t describe why. But at the end of the night, Tu Fawning’s set was the one I enjoyed the most.
Opening for Menomena at The Luminary Center for the Arts.
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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.
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