Alibi V.13 No.18 • April 29-May 5, 2004 

Music Magnified

Enon

with Gingerbread Patriots, Leiahdoris and schande

Enon
Enon

Saturday, May 1; Launchpad (21 and over; 9 p.m.): Of all the cool, hip and trendy things to come out of Brooklyn, N. Y., Enon has to be one of the coolest, hippest and trendiest. That's not to say that they're posers—just the opposite, in fact—they're the real thing with their electric/synth-, half guitar-driven indie buffet. Forgive me for my lack of expertise when it comes to bands of this genre—my music collection tends to stick to more traditional stuff—so my simple brain will compare Enon to bands I know: The Kinks, The Cure, Cibo Matto, The Vaselines. If this sounds like a wide range of musics coming together under one roof, well, that's the most fun thing about Enon: their eclectic variety. And variety is the spice of life.

Hocus-Pocus (Touch and Go), Enon's 2003 release, delivers the wide-spread talents of the group's diverse band members. Founder, guitarist, bassist, synthist, vocalist and only original member John Schmersal, formerly of Brainiac, bassist, synthist and vocalist Toko Yasuda, who at one time played with Blonde Redhead and The Lapse, and drummer Matt Schultz, formerly of The Lab Partners, bring all of their pop, glam, garage band know-how to the table. Enon is the epitome of opposites attracting and fitting perfectly in the process.

This show is one designed especially for young-at-heart, free-spirited types, so crabby people should avoid it at all costs. Though, in all honesty, Enon is smart and talented enough to make nonbelievers believe.