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Acoustic Moneen Show @ CTO
December 20, 2008, 2:01 pm
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Erik and KennyOnce again, Devyn and I ventured over to Call the Office with our friend Evan for one last musical hoo hah of 2008. Moneen are easily of one my favourite acts to see live, they have such a great stage presence, are very entertaining and put on a tight show. Last time I saw them was Cutting Edge in August of 2007, and if you account for the fact that Call The Office is one of their favourite venues, I was pumped to see them again!

Windsor, Ontario band Michou opened the show with acoustic anthems and folk ballads, setting the tone for Moneen’s acoustic set. I was impressed with how comfortable these guys seemed on stage for an opening band. Michou reminds me of Backseat Goodbye meets Death Cab with more clever instrumentation. The drummer played a wooden box, I’m sure the wooden box has a real name, but it was pretty awesome. Needless to say enough of an impact was made that the lead singer and his former roommate managed to sell me their LP Myshkin. Don’t tell them I’m a sucker for merch tables.

Next up were Songs From A Room hailing from Toronto, who quickly reminded us all that Moneen are a rock band at heart and we should never forget that. These guys were amazing, they had a great energy and their set was fairly tight. If I go on about them all I’m going to say is how awesome they were and that would be redundant. So, all I’m going to say is they need an NMC page, and if you love heavy rock, check these fellows out.

In between sets I discovered Devyn (who wore a Moneen sweater to the show by accident) is a closet stalker (she tried to push me into Hippy not once, but twice) and we went to the merch table (that Kenny and Erik were running) many many times. But we did find out quite a few interesting things.

  1. They are recording the new album in Toronto, though they’re taking a bit of a break for the holidays
  2. The short film Kenny made that appears in It All Started With A Red Stripe was made when he was in grade 11. He also told us when he was converting the film from analog to digital the machine started to eat some of the tape a few minutes in so he had to try to convert from the beginning again. When he gave it to the guy to put on the dvd he asked him to remove that first bit and only use the version that goes all of the way though. Obviously the guy didn’t because if you watch it, you end up watching the first 5 minutes twice haha.

During these Merch visits we (and by we I mean me via Devyn) requested “Panthers and Polar Bears” which received as I expected, a big laugh. It’s a song from a children’s compilation Somebody Needs a Timeout. On a side note, who asks Moneen and Propaghandi to do children’s music? Christine Fellows and Hayden I can understand, but Moneen? Moving on…

HippyEventually Moneen hit the stage. Kenny and Hippy on acoustic guitars, and Erik played an acoustic bass. They whipped out old classics, fan favourites and new stuff. They even played the first 10 seconds of “Panthers and Polar Bears” after a tiny bit of heckling. Kenny went on to explain that the only reason they wrote the song was because he wanted to say Banana Bah-nahnah in a song ahahahaha.

The new stuff sounds amazing. It’s lyrically thought-provoking and the music sounds very fresh. Their album will be well worth the wait. Kenny tried to calm the rowdy crowd down when he pulled out really quiet songs and I think eventually it worked, somewhat. Haris (their techie, honourary 5th member) had cut his hand in Brampton so he was in the hospital and couldn’t make it to the show, alas Kenny dedicated “There Are A Million Reasons…” to Haris and Hippy’s failed relationship? It was comical to say the least haha. They brought out Lucas (the guy who played the box in Michou) to accompany them, and it turned out really great! They also managed to get the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to Erik who turned 30, he looked rather embarrassed but I think he secretly enjoyed it.

Once Moneen finished their set, the crowd waited for Kenny to come back on stage to get his bag before demanding an encore, it was actually really random and strange, but they pulled out “Passing of America”, and it was craaazy. Hippy brought a drum into the middle of the crowd and got a random to play it while they finished the song. I can’t imagine how awesome it must have felt for the band as performers to be leading this moment.

All in all, I’m going to remember this show as the Moneen Hootenanny haha.

And I’m really sorry if that was incoherent, I’m on painkillers.

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