Thursday, February 23, 2006

Yes, we're really happy

Yesterday Travis was telling me he was concerned that he had been posting too much wuss rock on this here blog. I think I still have plenty of wuss rock left in me, but for today we're going to turn it up to 11.

Moneen are a pop-ish punk band from Ontario. I guess they get classified as emo by a lot of people, but try not to let that turn you off. The band has toured through our area many times and one thing has always stayed the same: Moneen is incredibly entertaining to see live. Their stage show brings all the technical proficiency and presence you would expect from a touring band, but they do it all with grace, wit, and charm. Plus, they tell some good jokes.

The band has a new album coming out in April (on Smallman Records in Canada, Vagrant in the US) called The Red Tree, but I have yet to hear anything from it. For now, some old songs will have to do. The title track from their last album, 2003's Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now? remains one of my all-time favourite songs. Its first half is a frantic steam train while the second half dims the lights in the room and brings everything down a notch before exploding back into action with short, sudden bursts of guitar and drums. The Passing of America is from their previous album, Theory of Harmonial Value, and is a concert favourite.

[mp3] Moneen - Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?
[mp3] Moneen - The Passing Of America

* Buy Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now? directly from their Canadian label.

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