Menomena, long one of my best-favorite bands, makes all the children dance!
I first saw these guys play in the basement of a Moose lodge in Pittsburgh in 2007, when I had pneumonia. Each of the three (then four, now three?) band members is a multi-multi-instrumentalist, and they played so energetically that even Brent Knopf, the keyboardist/laptoppist/bassist/guitarist-in-this-song (since departed in pursuit of a solo project), was drenched in sweat almost immediately.
We hung around a bit after, getting drinks (there were only maybe 15 people in attendance, all longtime fans) and the band members were also very solid and pleasant characters.
[Looking back, I had no idea how lucky I was — Land of Talk, who have gone on to become indie darlings on the Saddle Creek label, opened. I didn’t like them as well as I did Menomena. And I still don’t.]
I think the ‘parade’ in this video (also from La Blogotheque) accurately captures the spirit of this band.