The Helio Sequence and Menomena

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The Helio Sequence and Menomena

Negotiations, the fifth full-length album written, recorded, and produced by The Helio Sequence, would sound different had it not been for a flood. In 2009, while touring in support of Keep Your Eyes Ahead, singer-guitarist Brandon Summers got an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night. Back home in Portland, OR, the band’s studio/practice space was under nearly a foot of water. Heavy rains had caused the building’s plumbing to overflow like a geyser. But Summers and drummer-keyboardist, Benjamin Weikel, were lucky: All of their best equipment was either on tour with them, or racked high enough off the studio floor to be spared.

Still, the band needed a new home. After three months of searching, Summers and Weikel settled into a 1500-square-foot, former breakroom-cafeteria in an old warehouse. They no longer had to work their recording schedule around loud rehearsals by neighboring bands, but were free to create late into the night in uninterrupted seclusion. With twice the square footage, the space also had room for more gear, a lot more gear. They decided to use this opportunity to try something different.

Accord­ing to Bernoulli’s prin­ci­ple, when an incom­press­ible fluid passes from a large area into a smaller one, as when a wide pipe fun­nels into a nar­row pas­sage, the fluid’s veloc­ity rapidly increases. That idea has dozens of prac­ti­cal uses, from the oper­a­tion of air­plane wings to the func­tion of your automobile’s car­bu­re­tor. It’s a key part of com­puter pro­duc­tion and the basis of cutting-edge work in the field of hydraulics. And, as strange as it might sound, the legacy work of 18th cen­tury Euro­pean math­e­mati­cian Daniel Bernoulli also ade­quately describes the process behind and prod­uct of Moms, the fifth and best album to date by Portland’s Menomena.

Dur­ing the last decade, Menom­ena has become its own ref­er­ence point. From hooks wrapped around plum­met­ing bari­tone sax­o­phone lines and nearly inhu­man rhythms to ser­pen­tine lyri­cal frame­works and high-concept album art, Menom­ena has estab­lished a sin­gu­lar and unmis­tak­able aes­thetic. No one else sounds quite like this band. They embed magic and mys­tery within pop songs that have never sat still or taken the path of least pres­sure, just as Bernoulli would have had it.

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The Helio Sequence and Menomena
Event Category: Live Music
When: October 15, 2013
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Underground Arts
Cost: $$14
More Info: http://undergroundarts.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Underground-Arts/108590882538053
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UndrgroundArts


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