By Alex HudsonSince releasing Mines in 2010, Portland experimental pop outfit Menomena lost a member, but that evidently hasn't stopped them from prepping a new album and striking out on tour this year.
The upcoming LP is called Moms and it will be out September 18 through Barsuk Records. A press release notes that paring down to a duo helped Menomena to write and record "with more focus and speed than ever before."
The ten songs include "new instruments, like flute, cello, more of [Danny] Seim's synthesizers and the tap-dancing that actually laces through the teasing-then-charging opus, 'Don't Mess with Latexas.'" Apparently, all these instruments help to make Moms "tragic and intimate, comic and endearing, personal and motivated," as Menomena "cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes."
See a canine-friendly trailer for the album embedded at the bottom of the page and check out Moms' artwork above.
As for the band's tour plans, they will travel around North America this fall, making Canadian stops in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Scroll past the Moms tracklist to see the schedule.
1. Plumage 2. Capsule 3. Pique 4. Baton 5. Heavy Is as Heavy Does 6. Giftshoppe 7. Skintercourse 8. Tantalus 9. Don't Mess with Latexas 10. One Horse
9/7 Portland, OR - Musicfest NW 9/25 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst 9/26 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club 9/27 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey 9/28 San Diego, CA - Casbah 9/29 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom 10/2 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater 10/3 Austin, TX - Parish 10/4 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's 10/5 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks 10/6 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade 10/9 Washington, DC - Black Cat 10/10 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer 10/11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom 10/13 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall 10/16 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa 10/17 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern 10/18 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom 10/19 Chicago, IL - Metro 10/20 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock 10/23 Boise, ID - Neurolux 10/25 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore 10/26 Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market 12/7-9 Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow's Parties