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Meneguar
I Was Born At Night
Magic Bullet Records
www.magicbulletrecords.com


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 band.

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.

-bishop

Track listing:

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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