March Featured Artist: Meniskus

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by Brooke Layman


Meniskus is not an easy band to review. Usually I’m taken to a certain place or time or memory that I can relate the music I’m hearing to. I sat down at my desk today and played song after song after song. What happened? I wasn’t transported to one place or time or memory, I was suspended above them all. Yes… all of them. The deliberate rhythms, the soothing vocals, the explosion and depth of their craft… These guys don’t mess around.


It’s even difficult to compare Meniskus to other musicians. Some have likened them to local talent Devotchka, and in fact both bands record at Boulder, Colorado’s legendary Coupe Studios. The band says they draw inspiration from bands like U2, Pink Floyd, and Tool which can be heard in the haunting romance that comes through on songs like “Letters.” But there is also a distant hint of post-punk influences like The Cure which makes Meniskus even more layered and alluring. With the intricacies and blending of sounds, it’s hard to believe that there are only three of them on stage.


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The band consists of Ryt, Ostberg, and Bardusco, all from different backgrounds and music philosophies including classical, Latin, and electronic/dance. Their sound brings to mind what a symphony by Mozart might sound like if he were to compose one while listening to Carlos Santana and eating Arroz con Pollo for dinner. It’s magnificent and flavorful.


While they have currently been on a break from playing 100+ shows a year, Meniskus is still staying busy. With the recent release of their new music video “Greed” and their side project, Rue Vital which integrates local and national talents into an on stage jam session of bliss, these guys are truly dedicated to their craft. When you have opened for bands like Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, and The Roots, you know that you’ve got something special and Meniskus definitely does. Make sure to connect with the band so you don’t miss out on the announcement of May/June concert dates in Colorado.


How to find Meniskus:


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