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Menomena, Tu Fawning, The Globes

Most bands fall under the musical direction of a leader. It’s more efficient to have a single figurehead directing the band, vetoing bad ideas and developing good ideas. Imagine a film without a director, or a symphony without a conductor. Granted, there has been a recent resurgence of bands with multiple singer/songwriters, but the majority of bands tends to have one primary leader who plays the largest role in the band’s direction. That is not the case with Menomena. Menomena consists of three core members, each of whom is also a leader in his own right. Multi-instrumentalists Brent Knopf, Justin Harris and Danny Seim are the three-pronged administration of Menomena, each singing lead and harmony vocals in addition to jointly creating the music. “All three of us are of equal say,” Harris says during a phone interview. “We equally contribute to the songwriting process and the recording process.” They call themselves a democracy on their Website. Harris chuckles at this. “Our democracy is a hyper-democracy,” he says, “and it’s not always the best approach.” $12 adv./$14 day of show

Date: Oct 15, 2010
Time: 9 p.m.
Phone: 801-746-0557
Address: 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City, 84102
Where: The Urban Lounge