The Red Tree

Do you know what it’s like to be hit by a Mack truck and immediately nursed back to health, only to have that same damned truck hit you again (and again and again)? This is relative to the experience of listening to The Red Tree, on which Moneen exhibit the power, fury and emotion of a hard-working, underrated act hitting their peak and consequently transcending their genre. In one of his finest efforts yet, producer Brian McTernan brings the band’s lush, dreamy atmospherics to the forefront, seamlessly connecting these moments with Moneen’s unrelenting series of guitar and noise explosions. The band bring the rock, boulder-sized, in tracks such as “Don’t Ever Tell Locke What He Can’t Do” and “The Frightening Reality Of The Fact That We Will All Have To Grow Up And Settle Down One Day,” and still manage to contrast it beautifully with the appleseed shadowcasting of the slow-burning “This Is All Bigger Than Me.” The Red Tree towers over every puny, mimicking shrub wilting below it; this is the long, long-awaited rebirth of emo in the 21st century.