Moneen / The Reason / The Fullblast

Moneen/The Reason/The Fullblast: live in Burlingtonlive in Burlington (2004)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: Raise_KainRaise_Kain
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There is no better feeling in the wolrd than seeing a small local band, start to make their way up, get signed to a respectable indie, gain popularity nation wide, and return home to the scene that nurtured them and put on an amazing show. This was the case with Moneen playing Burlington's Music Cen.

There is no better feeling in the wolrd than seeing a small local band, start to make their way up, get signed to a respectable indie, gain popularity nation wide, and return home to the scene that nurtured them and put on an amazing show. This was the case with Moneen playing Burlington's Music Centre.

We got to the venue a little late and missed the first two openers, The Junction, and another band whos name evades me at the moment. Luckily, we did arrive in time to see local favourites The Fullblast. How this band is not yet signed is beyond me. With ridiculously fast drums, tight guitars, amazing vocals, and one of the best bass players around, these guys rocked the living hell out of everyone watching them. They play a brand of fast yet melodic punk not unike fellow Canadians Belvedere and Propagandhi. They played old favourites like "Jerk Circus is For Jerks" and "Lee Majors, Now There's a Man in His Prime", as well as a bunch of new ones to support their long awaited full length. The Fullblast were amazing and the crowd obviously loved it. 9/10

Next up, Windsor On. natives The Reason. I hadn't heard or seen anything from them since changing their name (and musical style) from pop punkers Sewing With Nancie. The first song they played blew me away. It was an amalgamation of the sing/scream vocals that we hear so much of today, but with that same driving, fast punk rock in the same vein as The Fullblast. The crowd was into it right away, singing word for word as the singer held the mic out to them. They played a really energetic and enjoyable set, and the crowd loved every bit of it. I didn't know anything from The Reason before tonight, but I guarantee you myself, and many others, will be looking into this band. 8/10

Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for. MONEEN. The guitarist from The Reason said it best when he asked the crowd if they were ready to see Moneen. When they responded with a huge cheer he said, "No you're not, they're gonna rip out your assholes and blow you all away." They came out to huge fanfare and got right into things and had the crowd singing every word with them. They tore through songs like "Are We Really Happy..." "The Best Way to Show Your Love..." "With This Song I Will Destroy Myself", "Tonight, I'm Gone" and "Life's Just Too Short, Little Ndugu". This band plays with so much energy nad passion and honesty, that is impossible to not enjoy them. As the set came near the end, the lead vocalist, Kenny, said something not to different from my opening statement. He said something along the lines of, "This may sound cheezy, but to tour all around the world and play in front of people who dont give a shit, and to come home to a room full of people who care about us this much is the most amazing feeling in the world." With this sentiment passed, and only a few songs left, the crowd went off the wall. They finished things up with "Passing of America" and "Start Angry...End Mad". When the latter was finished, while the band continued to go nuts on stage, Kenny threw off his guitar, and hopped off stage, and started hugging everyone around him. This sight alone was enough to put a smile on anyone's face, it was so genuine and heartfelt, you could tell that this night every single person, band and fans, were having an unbelievable time. When returning to the stage to chants of Moneen, they timdily remarked, "We can't play any more songs for you guys, we broke everything. Thanks so much" and with that, the night was over. No one could have asked for more. Fantastic openers, and one of the greatest live performaces I have ever seen to date. Even those who aren't huge fans of the music, don't ever pass up an opportunity to see Moneen live. 10/10


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Anonymous (March 18, 2004)

Saw these guys with Senses Fail, Boys Night Our and Beautiful Mistake. Cant say they are my fav style of music, but dam did they put a good show on. Point of this...go see them live

Anonymous (March 17, 2004)


Anonymous (March 15, 2004)

"just ask Great White" lol

That incident in Rhode Island is considered one of the biggest tradegies in the history of Rock


Anonymous (March 14, 2004)

"since when is Vagrant a respectable indie"...

Now.. I could care less about Vagrant, but they are more than respectable. Being an Indie and having sold more than 100,000 copies of a record about 7 different times, I think that's fairly respectable. Name another indie that's done that other than Epitaph? Dashboard Unplugged went platinum. The latest Dashboard went platinum. Whatever, you're not worth the breath.

Anonymous (March 13, 2004)

The Reason is one of my favorite bands, they've matured beyond belief from SWN. Love all their stuff, wish they'd tour in Michigan. These guys are one band to look out for this year.


Anonymous (March 13, 2004)

weaksauce at its wrost.

Icapped2pac (March 12, 2004)

I can't fucking wait to see these guys headline again in detroit. And on top of being a great performer, Kenny is one funny motherfucker. Last time I saw them, in '02 with Park in Ypsilanti, MI (with about 30 other people), he was going apeshit on stage and knocked over a lamp, consequently almost burning the place down. Now that's rock and roll, just ask Great White.

gatecrasher (March 12, 2004)

Since when is Vagrant a respectable indie?

Moneen is a great live band.

tyroneshoelaces (March 12, 2004)

So great, wished they were coming to western canada again soon.

dont_think_twice (March 12, 2004)

does moneen buy their equipment at long & mcquades in brampton? because i think i saw them singing britney spears on karaoke there once

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

This was a fuckin awesome show.

Rosesdead were pretty good for a metal band.
The Junction were really good. Emo you could dance to. Not to mention the soul singer guy sitting down playing a keyboard, singing a Ginuwine cover and Happy Birthday and giving shout outs to his "niggas". Great way to silence a roomful of white folks, hehe.
The Fullblast were good. Though I had more fun watching the kids jump off the speakers and then get pummeled by security when told to stop. The band was also good in stopping it by telling the guys they weren't showing their toughness by "crushing 14 year old girls."
The Reason fucking ripped. The new songs are awesome (esp. Papercuts and Exit Wounds). And the old ones got the whole crowd rolling. Beginning was slow cuz so many were still outside after the Fullblast and it was slow getting back in but after a couple songs the place just started going off. Also to the writer of the review, The Reason are out of the Hamilton area now, haven't been Windsor band for a few years.
Moneen was really entertaining even though I only knew a couple songs. Really intense live performance. Though I have to say I was dissapointed by the lack of the Darkness cover. I know it's lame to mainly wanna hear a cover but nonetheless; I wanted to hear it.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

Moneen is in my top 5 live performances ever. Great live band.

Don't miss the chance to go see them.

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