Photos by G.
On October 11, 2012 (10/11/12!), Portland’s indie rock band Menomena packed the house at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Though the band has been around for a decade, this was my first exposure to their music and I am happy to report, I loved what I heard. Backed with trippy lights and a tight band, Menomena played for close to two hours!
Lead singer Justin Harris not only sang and played guitar, but he also played the sax on many songs whilst drummer Danny Seim also shared vocal duties. Though the internet describes them with the generic term “indie rock,” their music has a psychedelic rock element to it with a slight bit of funk thrown in for good measure. As a Menomena newbie, it was great to see the audience bouncing along to the songs. Audience participation was a big part of the show and after keeping the beat with clapping on several songs, the band told the audience that New York has the best rhythm in the country as most audiences clap too fast, thus fucking up the song. They also brought an uber-fan up on stage to dance and the guy seriously danced as if it was his last night on earth (and nobody was watching).
Menomena did their job as rockstars and I was at the merch table at the end of the night picking up their latest album “Moms.” It’s good. Get it!
See the set list after the jump.