Just across the border, in Cambridge, Ontario, three brothers have been perfecting their own take on the grandiose, anthemic, skyward-reaching indie rock that has its roots in U2, and has been carried forward by bands like Muse and the Killers, bands tailor-made for the job of making arena-sized gigs feel intimate and personal.
Menew – pronounced “menu” – is a trio comprised of siblings Shade, Key, and Nathan Samuel Phillip. Growing up in rural environment – the three spent their childhood on their parents’ Christmas tree farm – afforded the trio plenty of time to focus on music, and soon, jamming gave way to an intensified focus on song writing, one that came to full fruition on last year’s “Mother Nature,” a collection of yearning-infused alt-rock confections touched by musical daring and sonic grandiloquence. Picture a more earthy and raw Coldplay, or Muse, minus the occasionally over-the-top production ethic, and you’re in the Menew ballpark.
The band has been forging a relationship with music lovers on our side of the border over the past year, and will take a further step in that direction on Saturday. On that day, beginning at 7 p.m., Menew will headline a new music showcase at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) benefiting Music is Art and its various educational outreach programs. Sumo Cyco, the Nursery, Day Method, Nikki W., and Brad Ray will round out the bill. Tickets are priced $10 advance, $15 on the day of the show, and can be found now at the Town Ballroom box office or through Ticketfly.com.