Portland, United States (2000 present)
Menomena are an experimental rock band from Portland, Oregon, made up of Brent Knopf on guitar, keyboards, and glockenspiel; Justin Harris on bass, guitar, baritone sax and alto sax; and Danny Seim on percussion. All members of the band share singing duties.
The band formed in late 2000, when Knopf graduated from Dartmouth College and returned to Portland to collaborate with Harris and Seim. They played their first show in July 2001, at The Meow Meow, a now-defunct all ages venue in Portland.
They self-released their debut album, I Am the Fun Blame Monster!, on May 20, 2003. The album was elaborately packaged in an 80-page flipbook that Seim designed and individually hand-assembled. It later received nationwide distribution through FILMguerrero in 2004. The title is an anagram for The First Menomena Album.
In 2005, Under an Hour was released as a three-track album of instrumental music written for and performed with Monster Squad, an experimental dance company based in Portland.
In August of 2006, Menomena signed with Barsuk Records although the band still maintains a relationship with their old label, FILMguerrero. It was stated that FILMguerrero would still be involved in their old catalog and future vinyl releases.
Menomena released their next album in 2007, titled Friend and Foe. It received relative critical acclaim while some websites like Pitchfork Media praised the album for its effective modular pop, others like PopMatters criticized it for presenting a sense of feigned maturity.
"If the bouncy poly-rhythms of the Talking Heads made sweet, sweet love to Purple Rain-era Prince, with a healthy dose of lo-fi fuzz and DayGlo swirls."
"These guys are... homing in on the New Wave sweet spot between Madness and Tears For Fears."
-Rolling Stone ("Hot List," June 25 issue)
"Suckers are... redefining notions of off-kilter guitar-pop."
- Interview Magazine
"During [Suckers's] set, my music journo friend and I simultaneously gave each other the same exact "These guys are good, huh?" face. I've been to a lot of shows with this friend and the face thing is an extremely rare occurrence."
- Pitchfork Media
"The shaggy, joyous tunes of local quartet Suckers sound like campfire sing-alongs for the Animal Collective generation."
- Time Out NY
"These lads melt together a peachy knack for warm and fuzzy, squiggly psych-pop, complete with whistling and Morricone-like druthers."
-URB ("Next 100" issue)
"There's an irrepressible, slow-building energy that pours out of this four-piece band."
-Bob Boilen, "All Songs Considered"
Tu Fawning is the new project of Joe Haege and Corrina Repp. Both Haege and Repp have been playing in Portland and abroad for many ... (more) years now. However, a mutual desire to achieve something outside the bounds of their other projects, 31knots (Haege) and Corrina Repp (Repp), lead both of them to begin collaboration on each other's albums last year. One look at the liner notes finds Haege all over Corrina Repp's 2006 Caldo Verde release, The Absent and The Distant. Then the roles reverse as Repp appeared on 31knots' EP:Polemics (2006, Polyvinyl)and The Days and Nights Of Everything Anywhere (Polyvinyl, 2006). Haege has also served as Repp's backing "band" for tours they have done with Mark Kozelek and Norfolk and Western, playing drums, piano, samples and singing. This is truly when the ideas for what would become Tu Fawning began to take shape. As Corrina began to expand her songwriting abilities at a lightning pace, by way of writing and performing songs on piano as well as guitar, she also began to challenge/enjoy herself by learning to play drums. Now with Haege and Repp fully realzing their pallette of piano,drums, percussion, guitar, vocals and samples, mutually and individually, they are finally able to tell the types of stories they have always wanted to, both lyrically and musically. The end result is definitely a hybrid of their own individual sounds coming together, but it definitely feels and sounds so natural, as well as creating something more than the sum of itâs parts. Its as if the frantic nature of 31knots has caught its breath and Corrina Repp has found herself finally uninhibited to sing in front of some antiquated tribal music of hymns and ballads. WONDERFUL NEWS!! We have added two new members, Liza Rietz and Toussaint Perrault. With their arrival they bring strings, horns, their voices as well as their sweetness. Man do we feel lucky.
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
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