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Ten Questions with Danny Seim of Menomena
by Erin Scholz for LAist

they have vocal harmonies which may have you convinced you're in the deep south, sitting in on a church choir practice....their songs range from punch-you-in-the-face rock, to tranquil and uplifting tracks that will put you in a kinder place...oh, and all held together by hip-hop inspired beats and baritone sax. wtf?

wikipedia decribes them as 'experimental rock', pitchfork gave their latest album a higher rating than neon bible...which is like, 'holy eff'...

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they're a sextet with three members...basically. something like that. if, WHEN, you may experience some level of anxiety, as you see keyboard, electric guitars, bass guitar, bass synthesizers, multiple xylophones and saxophones, drums, etc being set-up. 'how will these three dudes pull it all off?'. dont worry dudes, danny seim, brent knopf and justin harris have it totally under control. they have since the '90s. which is a super long time.

they play at the troubadour tonight night. it's sold out, but do everything possible to see them! must be seen to be believed! then talk to them because they would love to talk to you. look they just talked to me!

LAist: what do you mutter in the song "west" on the album friend and foe ..something like, 'zoso...manafjla' that close? are you speaking in tongues?

Danny Seim: It's actually The Prayer of Jabez: Say it once and you will receive $10 sometime in your lifetime! Publish a book about it and you'll become a millionaire!

what's the best show you've ever played? (this tour or past ones..)

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Actually, it would be much easier for me to tell you the WORST show we've ever played, but I'm not going to do that. That wouldn't be very nice. We don't kiss and tell... Ok, it was at a place called Harper's Ferry, and it was in Boston. I'm going to cut myself off there, because every other word from here on would be an expletive.