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Menomena is excited to announce that it will give Portland fans a sneak peak of its upcoming album Moms (Barsuk Records) with a special event entitled 'Dark Side of the Moms'. Presented by the Portland Mercury and taking place on August 24th at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry*, 'Dark Side of the Moms' will feature the new record played alongside a Pink Floyd laser show. Shedding a bit of light on the concept, Menomena's Danny Seim said
"laser technicians were too expensive so instead we're just crossing our fingers and setting these lasers to 'Floyd'. Maybe it'll line up like The Wizard of Oz!"
Pre-orders for Moms, out September 18th, are currently available and are coupled with an exclusive shirt design by Seim. The band recently released the first track 'Heavy is as Heavy Does' off Moms, which premiered via Pitchfork.
LISTEN // 'Heavy is as Heavy Does'
Moms is the Portland-based band's fifth album, and their first as a duo. The band will also head out on a North American tour this fall, with support from PVT. The tour will be followed by an appearance at the revered All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the UK. Full tour dates are listed below.
During the last decade, Menomena has become its own reference point. From hooks wrapped around plummeting baritone saxophone lines and nearly inhuman rhythms to serpentine lyrical frameworks and high-concept album art, Menomena has established a singular and unmistakable aesthetic. They embed magic and mystery within pop songs that have never sat still or taken the path of least pressure.
After 2010's irrepressible and intricate Mines, Menomena co-founder Brent Knopf took his leave to focus on his solo project causing Seim and Justin Harris (close friends since high school and now well into their second decade of making music together) to recast Menomena as a duo. They didn't slow down; they actually sped up, writing and recording Moms with more focus and speed than ever before.
Moms is tragic and intimate, comic and endearing, personal and motivated. In 10 songs and just less than 50 minutes, Harris and Seim cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes ('Baton'), chop and twist a melody until it becomes a big dance beat ('Capsule'), and build inescapable arrays of tension and texture that finally release ('Tantalus'). Opener 'Plumage' couples its surge of energy with a cleverly playful study of sexuality, while 'Pique' turns the same sort of impossible tessellated-rhythm tricks that have become a Menomena trademark.
At the close of it all, the slow strangle of 'One Horse' arrives as the most poignant moment yet in Menomena's catalogue, piano plinking and strings sliding beneath Seim's existential evasion. It's the perfect summary statement for Moms, an album that explores both a new vulnerability and resiliency within Menomena, a duo that's taken change not as an excuse to opt out but instead as a catalyst for growth.
Menomena Tour Dates:
9/1 - Wild Goose Festival - Corvallis, OR
9/7 - Musicfest NW - Portland, OR +
9/25 - Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA %
9/26 - Bimbo's 365 Club - San Francisco, CA %
9/27 - El Rey - Los Angeles, CA %
9/28 - Casbah - San Diego, CA %
9/29 - Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ %
10/2 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX %
10/3 - Parish - Austin, TX %
10/4 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX %
10/5 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA %
10/6 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA %
10/9 - Black Cat - Washington, DC %
10/10 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA %
10/11 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY %
10/13 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA %
10/16 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC %
10/17 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON %
10/18 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH %
10/19 - Metro - Chicago, IL %
10/20 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN %
10/23 - Neurolux - Boise, ID %
10/25 - Biltmore - Vancouver, BC %
10/26 - Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA %
11/23 - Captain's Rest - Glasgow, UK
11/24 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
11/26 - Cargo - London, UK
11/28 - Point Ephemere - Paris, France
11/29 - Laiterie - Strasbourg, France
11/30 - Atomic Cafe - Munchen, Germany
12/1 - Postbahnhof - Berlin, Germany
12/3 - Ubel & Gefahrlich - Hamburg, Germany
12/4 - Gebaude 9 - Cologne, Germany
12/5 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
12/6 - Botanique Orangerie - Brussels, Belgium
12/7-9 - All Tomorrow's Parties - Minehead, UK
+ - with Beirut, Gardens & Villa
% - with PVT
* - note: this is not an OMSI event