by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Serena-Maneesh - Ayisha Abyss (MP3)
It's been about four years since Norway's Serena-Maneesh brought their effects pedals and puffy pirate shirts to America. They return this week. They play a late show at Mercury Lounge on Friday (1/22, after the BV Presents Dawn Landes record release show earlier in the evening) and Littlefield in Brooklyn on Saturday (1/23). Tickets (click the links) are still on sale for both, and we have a pair to give away to the show of your choice. Details below.
It's been even longer since they've released a record, which will also change with the release of the cheerily-titled SM 2: Abyss in B Minor (pictured above) -- which they recorded on two-inch tape in an actual cave! That is some dedication there. You can download an edit (still over six minutes long) of the album's first track, "Ayisha Abyss," at the top of this post. It's kind of a bombastic, bonkers track, a bit like Can at times, but also sounds like two different songs accidentally being played at the same time. It's got me curious to hear the rest of the record (out March 23rd on 4AD) and wondering what to expect from this weekend's shows.
I saw S-M play at Mercury Lounge back in January 2006 and remember being a bit disappointed in the band's short (and not loud enough) set, but heard the next night at NorthSix (now MHoW) was much better. And I've got a friend who swears they're the best live band she's ever seen, and is flying in from Chicago just to go to these shows. (S-M have no other scheduled U.S. dates at this time.)
Openers at Mercury Lounge are The Vandelles; Littlefield also has Zaza and Cruel Black Dove. If I had to pick one show over the other, I'd probably go with Saturday at Littlefield just because it might be over earlier. Last time at the Merc, Serena-Maneesh didn't go on till 1AM. Those pedals take a long time to set up.
All dates, contest details, and a video below...
Serena-Maneesh - "Reprobate!" live on P3TV
Serena Maneesh - 2010 Tour Dates
Jan 22 Mercury Lounge NYC w. Vandelles NYC, New York
Jan 23 Littlefield NYC w. ZAZA and Cruel Black Dove BROOKLYN, New York
Feb 19 by:Larm @ Sentrum Scene Oslo, Oslo
Mar 8 Sonic Cathedral @ The Lexington London
Apr 30 BergenFest Bergen, Hordaland
Jun 30 Hovefestivalen Tromøya, Aust-Agder
Jul 1 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark
Aug 10 Øyafestivalen Oslo, Oslo
TO WIN SM TICKETS: email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Serena) with your first and last name and show preference. We'll pick a winner randomly and get back to them with more details ASAP.