Posted by: will | July 27, 2006


Meneguar “I Was Born At Night” (Troubleman Unlimited)

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Meneguar’s debut I Was Born At Night was originally released on Magic Bullet in 2005. The band signed to Troubleman Unlimited and now have reissued a remastered version of the album. Meneguar play the fun indie rock style with the best of them. Opening track “House Of Cats” is the definite single on I Was Born At Night. It’s a double edge sword to put the best song first but that is what Menguar opts to do. That’s not to say that the next six songs on the album are below average. On the contrary, the majority of the tracks are quite good and provide tons of sing-alongs. “A Few Minutes An Hour” recalls the underrated sing/speak mathy pop rock of the great Hellbender. Although no one seems to agree with me, the style of the band really reminds me of Piebald a great deal. “Kids Get Cut” sounds eeriely like the rougher early stages of Piebald. The quirky “Hands Off” brings Javis Tavierne’s nasally vocals to an endearing high. The intricate guitar playing on “Christmas Isn’t Christmas” and the use of keyboards on album closer, “Wounded Knee” really makes things interesting and I hope the band explores those avenues more on their next endeavor. While I Was Born At Night won’t leave a massive impression on you, it’s a great starting point for this young band. I bet these guys are great live and it will certainly be interesting to see how the next album sounds in comparison.

RIYL: Piebald, Hellbender, Superchunk

Listen: Meneguar – The Temp (mp3)


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