Went to the show last night, here is my take on it:
The only time this band really caught my attention during their set was when they covered a song by Refused and didn’t butcher it. They even picked one of my personal favourites “Summer Holidays Vs. Punk Routine” but they didn’t sing it themselves. They had Moneen’s bassist Erik Hughes come up on stage to do the vocals for them. That was pretty cool to witness.
Sights & Sounds
For those unaware, the band features Andrew Neufeld from Comeback Kid and Joel Neufeld from Sick City. It’s definitely different than their full-time bands, much more dreamy and experimental for lack of better words. By this point, the crowd had moved closer to the stage so the reception was warmer than it was for Passenger Action. But overall, the set was pretty basic. They just played their songs and didn’t interact much with the crowd, but they had much more energy than Passenger Action. Neufeld can head-bang better than most. They released their full length Monolith on Smallman in May and played tunes like “Reconcile,” “Storm & the Sun,” “Night Train,” and “Sorrows.”
It’s been quite awhile since Moneen toured across Canada and Kenny Bridges took time to acknowledge that fact later on in the set. The last time I saw them was in 2006 when they toured with Saves the Day and Circa Survive. I wasn’t overly familiar with the band’s material at that point, but I could tell most of the crowd was. Kids were singing, moshing, crowd surfing and the band was just as energetic. It’s a show that I will always have in the back of my mind and it inspired me to check out more of the band’s stuff.
“Hey, we’re Moneen,” Kenny Bridges simply stated before tearing into “Don’t Tell Locke What He Can’t Do” off of their acclaimed 2006 effort The Red Tree. No dramatic entrance, no flashy stage set-up, just four guys playing music.
The crowd was enthusiastic for their presence, but they didn’t really go crazy until “The Passing of America” near the end of the set. I can’t help but feel like some people were just waiting there for that song. And trust me, once it was played, the room came alive similar to how it did three years earlier. They invited members from the opening bands on stage, grabbed huge drums and went into the crowd to pound them until nearly everyone was chanting “No, I won’t go, I want to stay here with you!” at a deafening level. It’s always cool to see that type of crowd interaction and it’s what makes shows worth attending.
The encore simply consisted of “Start Angry...End Mad.” Bridges was mumbling something about a curfew between songs so perhaps the venue was the reason. The show was held at the West End Cultural Centre. The last time I was there was in 2007 before they shut it down for renovations and while it looks a lot nicer now, I'll still take the Garrick any day over that place.
Anyway, I got a rough set-list for those who want to have an idea of what they are playing. I could be missing a song or one could be in the wrong order but overall, it’s pretty accurate:
Oh, and the interview is coming. Probably in two weeks at the most because I know the other staff have interviews to post and I’m busy finishing off my last two weeks of school. I interviewed Steve and Erik. We only had 15 minutes, but I still think we covered some decent ground.