Menomena ( /mɨˈnɒmɨnə/) are an indie rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States; currently made up of Justin Harris, Danny Seim and more recently Joe Haege of 31Knots and Tu Fawning. All members of the band share singing duties and frequently swap instruments while recording. Menomena began as a side project of Seim's solo project Lackthereof. The band formed in late 2000, when Knopf graduated from Dartmouth College and returned to Portand to collaborate with Harris and Seim. The name "Menomena" was chosen for "the way it rolls off the tongue, sexually, or something" and has no specific meaning, although it is often assumed to refer to the Piero Umiliani song "Mah Nà Mah Nà", a staple of The Muppet Show. In an audio clip from SpotDJ, Knopf sarcastically stated that the band name was a portmanteau of the words "Men" and "Phenomena." Menomena played their first show in July 2001, at The Meow Meow, a now-defunct all ages venue in Portland. The trio opened with a cover version of "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" by The Flaming Lips. Shortly after, they joined the roster of High Road Touring, a San Francisco-based booking agency. For their first U.S.


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