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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Meneguarrrrrr!

posted by on October 27 at 9:43 AM

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Meneguar really should be the band that bloggers are losing their shit over. I dunno about these Black Kids, they’re fine or whatever (I’ve never actually heard them), but after seeing the Brooklyn band last night, I couldn’t believe that Pitchfork, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, and all the rest aren’t all over this band’s shit. They’re hip and you can dance to ‘em, but they have a biting and cathartic side too. Isn’t that all it takes?

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I’ve been a fan for at least a couple years. And going to the show, I knew they’d probably be good—I like their songs so much that even if they played half as well as they did last night, I would’ve walked away happy just because I finally got to hear and see them live. But the band shattered all expectations with a phenomenally tight set of material from both records (2005’s I Was Born at Night and this years Strangers in Our House).

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They played all my favorites (“House of Cats,” “The Temp,” and “Kids Get Cut”) with energy and precision, but the best part was when the band went into (I assume) improvised breakdowns of fantastically jarring guitar-heavy noise—swirling feedback, thundering bass—I wasn’t expecting them to be so fucking good. I thought they’d be a punked up indie rock band, I thought they’d be fun. I had no idea they were going to be one of the best performances of the last few months if not the past year. (Mono, obviously, tops that list right now. Meneguar is a different kind of awesome.)

I’m pretty sure my jaw literally fell open a few times as I stood there watching them unexpectedly blow my mind. The drummer played so hard he shattered a drumstick (giving the guitarist the perfect slide tool for one of his guitar solos).

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Afterwards I turned into a fan girl when I bought a t-shirt from the bassist. “You were so good! I have been waiting to see you for years!” Blah blah blah. Then I asked about how to pronounce the name. Turns out, technically, I’ve been saying it wrong. Men-eh-gwar is how I’ve been saying it, but really it’s men-EGG-war. He forgave me, though, and said that’s how most people say it and either are acceptable. There are no rules.

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Police Teeth sounded good too—they were more rock and roll, blistering with a post-hardcore edge at times. One of their songs, “I Made Out With You Before You Were Cool” had an Al Burian/Challenger feel to it—I really liked that one. With bands like the Ruby Doe and the Valley currently doing well, I don’t think Police Teeth with have any problems finding a niche. Their new album, Jazz Records for Sale, comes out in a couple weeks.

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Two nights, two very different but very fantastic shows… Mono and Meneguar (and Ted Leo on Tuesday!) have made this the best week ever.

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I can't believe I fucking missed Meneguar. Guess that's what I get for picking up the paper on the weekend.

Posted by Dylan | October 28, 2007 10:46 PM
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Meneguar were so good. The jamming between songs totally made their set for me. I don't believe they stopped playing during the entire set.

Posted by tallchris | October 29, 2007 7:13 AM

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