Posted by: will | May 3, 2006



Moneen "The Red Tree" (Vagrant)

Moneen is a band whose lack of popularity has always puzzled me. I have never understood why kids were not falling all over this band. They do the catchy emo/hardcore thing better than 99% of the bands in the genre. They are signed to Vagrant, which is one of the premiere indie labels that kids look to for this style of music. It's peculiar why these guys aren't headlining tours all across the world. I think I've figured it out though.

Moneen are simply a smart bunch of dudes. They refuse to restrict themselves to any genre constrictions. Songs are much more sophisticated then their contemporaries. Perhaps influenced by bands such as The Casket Lottery and Braid, Moneen possess some definite math rock tendencies. However, they soften those edges by blending it all so beautifully with the melodicism of a band like The Get Up Kids.

On Moneen's last full length, Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?, song lengths ran over the five and six minute marks on more than a few occasions. However, on The Red Tree, Moneen have streamlined their sound a bit. Songs are shorter for the most part but still remain as wickedly intricate as before. Moneen never go overboard though. These songs remain ridiculously catchy and have the tendency to get stuck in your head for days on end.

Perhaps The Red Tree will be the album that gains Moneen the fans that they so deserve. Everything is surely in place for it to happen. Will the kids who follow this genre have the patience to follow something a bit smarter or will they just accept the next flavor of the month? Here's hoping the kids will make the right choice.

RIYL: The Get Up Kids, The Casket Lottery, Braid

Listen: Moneen – If Tragedy's Appealing, Then Disaster's An Addiction (mp3)


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