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Serena Maneesh Biography

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Birth Place: Oslo, Norway
Years Active: 1999–present
Genres: Indie, Shoegaze, Noise Pop, Alternative

Serena-Maneesh (previously spelled Serena Maneesh, sometimes shortened to S-M) is an alternative rock band from Oslo, Norway. In an interview with ''Village Indian'', lead member Emil Nikolaisen explained the word-constellation the following way:


'Serena' is an adaptation of the Norwegian word for veil... The name came out from this veil you can see, you can see the melody through a stressful storm of noise. That's what I love about music – you can work with this veil. There is so much stress in the world, you know? Serena could also mean serenity, serene. There are all these connotations. Then you see glints -- you see something incredible, but it's in the moment. It's through this veil. 'Maneesh' is a rewriting of the Norwegian word 'manesje,' which is the area around a stage. Sirkus Merano, remember that? We later found out it was also the Hindu Lord of the Mind. But it is more a picture... If you look at a stage in a circus or opera, there's an area surrounding the stage containing a lot of elements. Small, subtle elements that make the stage presence that much more powerful. That's incredible. If you take that to the sound world... The whole thing is talking about the sound elements... For that reason, it's perfect. If ever two words conjured the elemental nature of this band's sound, they are ''Serena-Maneesh''.