Moneen / The Junior Varsity / The Fullblast

Moneen/The Junior Varsity/The Fullblast: live in Normallive in Normal (2004)
Vagrant Records

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For a few hours on a Thursday, the sleepy hamlet of Normal, Illinois was completely owned by Moneen. But first, the openers. Due to circumstances entirely beyond our control [those being getting a kickass dinner at Avanti's Italian Restaurant], we missed The Servos, instead arriving as Moneen'.

For a few hours on a Thursday, the sleepy hamlet of Normal, Illinois was completely owned by Moneen.

But first, the openers.

Due to circumstances entirely beyond our control [those being getting a kickass dinner at Avanti's Italian Restaurant], we missed The Servos, instead arriving as Moneen's tourmates The Fullblast were assembling onstage. The Fullblast, in short, ripped it up. This Canadian quintet brought to mind the first time I heard The Get Up Kids' Four Minute Mile mixed with the first time I heard Saves The Day's Can't Slow Down. They were technical without sacrificing stage presence, emotional without being sloppy, and frankly they rocked it pretty hardcore. For an incredibly simplistic comparision, think of the emo version of Lagwagon. Anyway, the Fullblast got two thumbs up and then some.

Unfortunately I can't say the same for hometown band The Junior Varsity. Bland emo-rock with a horribly misused keyboard was the theme of their set. We had more fun playing air hockey.

After that pockmark was swept offstage, Moneen delivered one of the most powerful sets by any band I've seen in recent memory. Frontman Kenny had enthusiasm coming out of every pore in his body, and it quickly spread throughout the venue faster than pure rage [and no blood had to be shed even!]. Unfortunately, the crowd got a little too rowdy a few songs into Moneen's set and the show was within an inch of being shut down due to a handful of kids getting a bit out of control. Kenny calmed down the rabble rousers, who then turned into the "no shirt brigade." About 10 of these young men stripped off their t-shirts and waved them around their heads for the next 30 minutes or so. It was unusual, but it seemed to fit Moneen, strangely.

The band ran through a good portion of Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now? as well as a few older songs such as "No better way to how your love than a set of broken legs" and the crowd-pleaser "The Passing of America." Closing with their now classic "Start Angry... End Mad," the rabid crowd pumped their fists along with the repeated chants of "Die! Die!", dumping all they had into the last song, just as the band onstage was doing.

There are few bands I would drive 4 hours total to go see on a weeknight, and Moneen is definitely one of them. The Fullblast only made the show even sweeter. Check this tour out if it's within a gas tank's distance of you, you'll come away a better person.


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Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

moneen is hot the others not, moneen puts on one of the best live shows ever

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

.. You must have all been going to horrible TJV shows, i know for sure all the ones i have been to have been down right amazing... their energy on stage is amazing.... at least the 2 shows i saw here in quincy, and the 1 ive been to in Jacksonville.....

Anonymous (March 31, 2004)

Damn all the ISU homies are here. I'm the guy who wrote the first comment about going to school here.

Dunn 447 yo

Anonymous (March 30, 2004)

Pretty cool band, but "are we really happy with who we are right now" is the most whiny title i've ever heard next to brand new's atrocity, "it's good to know that if i ever needed attention, all i have to do is die" or something to that pathetic effect.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

i never got into avantis. i feel that i have to represent and say that there's only one place to know / remember from normal (circa 94-98 when i was there), which is groggs (or timeout pizza as it was later known). the best of the worst pizza ever.

manchester 944, bitch

TheMarc (March 29, 2004)

Not really, but the girls who work at Avanti's are way hotter. Can I say that?!

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

I'm from galesburg, live in Rock Island have a girlfriend that goes to ISU, and have a ton of family in peoria. therefore, I eat a lot of Panini's and Avanti's, and let me tell you, they are the same. But is that a bad thing?

TheMarc (March 29, 2004)

ISU represent. Manchester 255.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

Holy shit, there's all these people from normal, il in here? i live in normal too, i go to ISU. Anyways i missed this show. Kinda forgot about it, i'm a dumbass.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

We don't want your shit we have HOPE, Iron Giant, Fear of Lipstick and Sour Grapes you shit eating gum guzzling fucking fag. You moneen lovers suck. Go kill yourself.

Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

the junior varsity are pretty darn terrible. just thought i'd add my worthless opinion.

jheisel (March 29, 2004)

Scott --

Avanti's is the same as frickin Panino's in Rockford (the latter stole it from the former). The two places to go in Bloomington-Normal for Italian are Jake's for bomb-ass deep dish pizza, and Lucca's for bomb-ass everything else.

Not that Avanti's is bad or anything, just not nearly as good as either of those two places!

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

How could you call Moneen faggots when your from the fucking Maritimes u piece of shit, your all the fucking same out there, You guys got your chins stuck so fucking high in the air, I'm scared your going to trip over them. Moneen rips it up. No wonder shows don't go out to Atlantic Canada when u got boneheads like that out there

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

Decatur, IL: Just Below Normal.

tsunami_boy (March 28, 2004)

junior varsity suck. moneen are very good, and put on a fucking wild show. simple as that.

FuckUAurora (March 28, 2004)

sorry for the late post but i was at this show and moneen fuckin tore it up. These guys are great. The closer "start angry . . . end mad" was pure gold. They pull off everything u hear on the record and more. This show was fantastic and in fact if u saw moneen only it was worth it.

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

who wants to watch faggots?

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

when moneen comes to my town 10 people go cause they're a bunch of faggots. Moncton, NB rules. I hear that they tried to play saint john and noone came. Way to go motherfuckers. Moneen blows. FEAR OF LIPSTICK is a great band

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

haha moneen and the fullblast really are the best things to come out of ontartio. although i do very much enjoy the end and courtesy blush.ahh and shameless plug; AT THE MERCY OF INSPIRATION.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

fullblast = gay

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

im from the Junior Varsity's hometown and i still think they suck

maverick (March 27, 2004)

Props to the anonymous contributor who gave Avanti's 4 1/2 stars. That place is so fuckin' wade, it's ridiculous.


Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

seeing moneen in philly with northstar, the fight, and chronic future.. soo fecking excited, cause moneen kicks ass.

Anonymous (March 27, 2004)

Moneen and Avanti's. 4 and a half stars for avanti's. The extra half-star is for gettting to see Moneen in the same night.

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

i cant wait to see moneen on 5/23

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

I've been saying this for years, the fullblast are amazing and the new cd is so fuckin good

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

Moneen and The Fullblast represent everything that is right with Canada.

inagreendase (March 26, 2004)

I get to see Moneen with Northstar for $8 (maybe less) 45 minutes away, 3 days after the school year ends. I like those numbers.

tyroneshoelaces (March 26, 2004)

Moneen is awesome live, next saturday baby!

Anonymous (March 26, 2004)

less than jake contest winners?

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