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Menomena Announces Winter Tour

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Barsuk Records is excited to announce that Menomena will be heading out on a winter tour early next year in support of their latest album Moms. The dates, which follow a European tour beginning this month, start on February 12th at the Mill in Iowa City and wrap up March 2nd at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. Full tour dates are below.

Recently, Menomena unleashed their video for “Plumage,” off the new album. Pitchfork premiered the video, deeming it “a very strange mexican standoff…ridiculous and awesome.” The video, available here, was directed by Trevor McMahan, who described the clip as “the ultimate illustration of the beautiful conflict in the band’s music – that aural struggle between instruments and ideas that is complex, satisfying, and always unmistakably Menomena.” On the production of the video, he continues, “our crew weathered some serious acts of god during this production – including, but not limited to: a shooting, bomb squad evacuation, a news helicopter crash, thunderstorms, near electrocution by lightning (which can actually be seen in the last shot of the video), gale force winds, destroyed equipment, and flash flooding two shoot days in a row – and the video nearly missed seeing the light of day. It was almost as if Jesus did not want us to make this Menomena video. But apparently, we had more chest hair.”

Moms is the Portland-based band’s fifth album, and their first as a duo. The album has been receiving wide praise, with Pitchfork proclaiming “Moms is without doubt the most aggressive record Menomena have ever made” and calling the lead single “Heavy Is As Heavy Does” “gloriously morose.” Rolling Stone likewise hailed the track as “an emotive outburst of a song that expertly sidesteps melodrama – confessional rock thrills without the cheesy aftertaste.” Paste remarked that the record is “the most candid and personal Menomena release to date,” while Under the Radar called Menomena “one of the most well thought-out bands working today, never sacrificing structure or composition in the name of delivering a series of power chords.” Alarm declared that Moms “is arguably Menomena’s best effort to date.”

Menomena Tour Dates:
11/23 – Captain’s Rest – Glasgow, UK
11/24 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
11/26 – Cargo – London, UK
11/28 – Point Ephemere – Paris, France &
11/29 – Laiterie – Strasbourg, France &
11/30 – Atomic Cafe – Munchen, Germany &
12/1 – Postbahnhof – Berlin, Germany &
12/3 – Ubel & Gefahrlich – Hamburg, Germany &
12/4 – Gebaude 9 – Cologne, Germany &
12/5 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands &
12/6 – Botanique Orangerie – Brussels, Belgium &
12/7-9 – All Tomorrow’s Parties – Minehead, UK
2/12 – The Mill – Iowa City, IA
2/13 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
2/15 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
2/16 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
2/19 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
2/20 – Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC
2/21 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA
2/22 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
2/23 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
2/26 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
2/27 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
2/28 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
3/1 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
3/2 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

& – with Stacks

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