The last time I saw this Canadian foursome in person, it was back in 2003 at Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Center. This past Wednesday, I saw Moneen again at Venue in Vancouver and they are as amazing now as they were back then!
This Brampton, Ontario modern indie rock band knows how to get a mosh pit started. Their melodic sound blends effortlessly with their natural stage presence. This is a high energy band that is accompanied with a great light show. Plenty of ass-kicking jumps and neck-straining head-thrashes, but what else do you expect when they play the classic "Start Angry… End Mad"?
There were more mellow moments like when frontman Kenny Bridges broke out the acoustic guitar and played "Waterfalls". The guys played songs from all 4 albums, showing how their lyrical sound has evolved yet has still elicited the same vibrant response from the audience.
One of the best parts of the night was the encore. The last song to cap off the entire show, "The Passing of America", was a full-on sing-a-long. It really showed the loyal fan following. At one point during the epic finale, Kenny and fellow guitarist, Hippy, made their way onto the floor with floor tom drums and drummed out a duet. In almost perfect-movie ending fashion, Kenny and those floor toms crowd surfed back to the stage.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time I saw them, it would be in a bigger venue- because they deserve it. It was a great night, a great crowd and an amazing band.
November 25, 2009
Review and Photos by Mhelanni Gorre