Menomena closed out the 2009 PDX Pop Festival with a set leaning heavily on their breakthrough LP Friend and Foe. They absolutely brought it, to the point that I was worried the people at the front of the stage were going to get crushed from the ripple beginning at the back of the audience. It was electric in a way that few concerts are.
The band opened the set with the tune “Caught.” It may or may not be on their upcoming new LP and if it does appear it may have a different name. The title was something I pulled from drummer Danny Seim’s set list after the encore. The song itself, feels very un-Menomena-like. It’s a slow tempo, straight forward affair, with some good harmonies.
If this is on the new album, it really would work as a breather song. Coming down off one of their more adventurous songs, a chance to catch your breath. A good transition form the A-side to the B-side (in the parlance of the old people).