Hitting the Spot: Serena Maneesh

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Adam Wisniewski

Spot Night is going international for the first time this semester with Serena Maneesh hailing all the way from Oslo, Norway. Contrary to what one would derive from the name, and the fact that many of their tracks feature female vocals, Serena Maneesh is a five-piece band whose name can be roughly interpreted from Norwegian as a “veil, or serenity around the stage”. They churn out a unique blend of indie, shoegaze, and noise pop that bring to mind a perplexing blend of Liars and Sonic Youth, crossed with The Crystal Method. They are graciously hitting The Spot on a massive North American tour in support of their second and most recent full length album, S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor, released in March. Their first full-length, self-titled album was released back in 2006. Highlighted tracks include “I Just Want to See Your Face” and “Don’t Come Down Here”, which can be listened to at your leisure on their mySpace site.

Joining Serena Maneesh on their tour is Wovenhand, from Denver, Colorado. Spearheaded by 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards, Wovenhand features a sound that blends the Old American West with the experimental sensibilities of the modern day. They are touring in support of their newest album, The Threshingfloor, which was released this June, and can be sampled on their mySpace site. Wovenhand sounds quite different from Serena Maneesh, meaning that students will have quite the varied and eclectic evening of music at The Spot. This is not your average opening band, so make sure to come on down as promptly as possible.

Spot Night takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m.; admission is free, and wings and drinks are cheap. Considering both of this week’s acts come from ways away, and could potentially produce some of the most interesting sounds from any Spot Night act, it will be interesting to see if this week’s turnout will vary from past weeks’.

In Case You Missed It: Pomegranates and Colour Revolt jammed for students last Wednesday. Pomegranates’ indie pop style and their pastel colors surprisingly teetered on the brink of post-rock at times, while Colour Revolt produced some awesome genre-bending sounds that were pleasing to the ear.