There is something elemental and chaotic in listening to Meneguar's
album I Was Born At Night. It goes beyond the primal veil of
rock that is present to find a rich tapestry of context woven into
the material. Not quite genius, but damn near close as the band explores
interplay within each song and across the record.
Like a fucked up conglomeration of Modest Mouse and Q And
Not U with a little Flaming Lips thrown in for artistic
sense, the band walks an interesting line that ebbs and flows across
the album, moving with an energy that is addictive and daunting at
the same time. Purposely disjointed, the structure fascinates me with
its multi-faceted use of instruments to create this hodge-podge of
sound one second followed by crystal clear breaks showing well disciplined
communication between parts. Production is an anomaly in itself; it
is specifically muddled to add to the ambiance set forth by the band.
Normally this would drive me crazy, but here it totally supports the
theme of the music without diminishing the feel of energy.
The drums are the most consistent in the band, doing an incredible
job of tying the pieces together and maintaining the momentum. The
guitar interaction is the single biggest contributor to the pell-mell
sound as the two guitars bounce off and around each other and then
unite to form a coherent line. The bass is the best I have heard in
a good, long time; it attacks the material with gusto assisting the
drums at moments, and going free-for-all with the guitars at others.
The vocals nail the determination of each song as underplay backing
adds a new level, unfortunately not all of the vocal lines are memorable,
and an improvement in this area could open a larger audience to this
This is a solid effort across the boards, but it is "The Temp"
and "A Few Minutes An Hour" which I found myself constantly
returning to, for their differences and similarities. What else
can I say? This band is just good and smart in their construction
and execution of their material, and beyond that, they pegged the
energy and intensity necessary to drive it home. Rock, rock on.
1) House Of Cats
2) Kids Get Out
3) A Few Minutes An Hour
4) The Temp
5) Christmas Isn't Christmas
6) Hands Off
7) Wounded Knee
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