Menomena Premieres “Capsule” Off Moms Debuting “Dark Side Of The Moms” this Friday

Barsuk Records debuts Menomena’s “Capsule,” the second track to be released off the band’s upcoming album Moms,which is available for posting HERE. Pre-orders for Moms, out September 18th, are currently available and are coupled with an exclusive shirt design by Menomena’s Danny Seim. Beginning in September, the band will tour in support of Moms, and full tour dates are below.

This week, Menomena will give Portland fans a sneak peak of Moms with a special event entitled “Dark Side of the Moms.” Presented by the Portland Mercury and taking place on August 24th at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry*, “Dark Side of the Moms” will feature the new record played alongside a Pink Floyd laser show. Shedding a bit of light on the concept, Menomena’s Danny Seim said “laser technicians were too expensive so instead we’re just crossing our fingers and setting these lasers to ‘Floyd’. Maybe it’ll line up like The Wizard of Oz!” Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door or HERE.

Moms is the Portland-based band’s fifth album, and their first as a duo. The band will also head out on a North American tour this fall, with support from PVT. The tour will be followed by an appearance at the revered All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in the UK. Full tour dates are listed below.

Moms is tragic and intimate, comic and endearing, personal and motivated. In 10 songs and just less than 50 minutes, Harris and Seim cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes (“Baton”), chop and twist a melody until it becomes a big dance beat (“Capsule”), and build inescapable arrays of tension and texture that finally release (“Tantalus”). Opener “Plumage” couples its surge of energy with a cleverly playful study of sexuality, while “Pique” turns the same sort of impossible tessellated-rhythm tricks that have become a Menomena trademark.

At the close of it all, the slow strangle of “One Horse” arrives as the most poignant moment yet in Menomena’s catalogue, piano plinking and strings sliding beneath Seim’s existential evasion. It’s the perfect summary statement for Moms, an album that explores both a new vulnerability and resiliency within Menomena, a duo that’s taken change not as an excuse to opt out but instead as a catalyst for growth.


Menomena Tour Dates:

9/1 – Wild Goose Festival – Corvallis, OR

9/7 – Musicfest NW – Portland, OR +

9/25 – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA %

9/26 – Bimbo’s 365 Club – San Francisco, CA %

9/27 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA %

9/28 – Casbah – San Diego, CA %

9/29 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ %

10/2 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX %

10/3 – Parish – Austin, TX %

10/4 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX %

10/5 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA %

10/6 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA %

10/9 – Black Cat – Washington, DC %

10/10 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA %

10/11 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY %

10/12 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY %

10/13 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA %

10/16 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC %

10/17 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON %

10/18 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH %

10/19 – Metro – Chicago, IL %

10/20 – Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN %

10/23 – Neurolux – Boise, ID %

10/25 – Biltmore – Vancouver, BC %

10/26 – Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA %

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

+ – with Beirut, Gardens & Villa

% – with PVT