Six Demon Bag

Six Demon Bag

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by Man Man
     
 

Subjects of huge buzz at South by Southwest 2005 for their circus-of-insanity live show, Philly's Man Man comes across like Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart collaborating on a klezmer-influenced soundtrack to your scariest nightmare about killer clowns. The stripped-down opening…  See more details below

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Subjects of huge buzz at South by Southwest 2005 for their circus-of-insanity live show, Philly's Man Man comes across like Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart collaborating on a klezmer-influenced soundtrack to your scariest nightmare about killer clowns. The stripped-down opening track on their sophomore LP, "Feathers," almost borders on accessible, with a simple waltz-time saloon piano and multi-tracked vocals that sound about one whiskey shy of a drunken sea shanty. But by the time you get to track two, "Engrish Bwudd," the band has clearly given in to the temptation of overindulgence, with the whoops, wails, hollers, and growls of a musical madman singing "fee, fi, fo, fum" complemented by falsetto counterparts squealing "I smell the blood of an Englishman." It only gets weirder from there, with all manner of unusual instruments, discordant cacophony, and outlandish shrieking that'd make the Boredoms sit up and take notice, and please-quiet-the-voices-in-my-head psychotic freak-outs all finding their place in Man Man's alternate universe musical reality. Most of this stuff is just too damn weird for all but the most experimental music listener, but when the band reigns in its more outlandish tendencies on tunes like the almost poetic "Skin Tension" and the chugging "Black Mission Goggles," you get the sense there are some fine songwriters lurking beneath all the kitchen-sink craziness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2006
Label:
Ace Fu Records
UPC:
0660673003922
catalogNumber:
39

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Man Man   Primary Artist
Blanco   Clarinet,Guitar,Piano,Trumpet,Cello,Horn,Marimbas,Vocals
Honus Honus   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Sergei Sogay   Synthesizer,Percussion,Vocals,Melodica,Vibes
San Danon Pisto   Flute,Saxophone
Pattner   Vocals
Lulu Nader   Vocals
Mizzle   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Crystal Stokowski   Vocals
Alejandro Borg   Guitar,Marimbas
Pow Pow   Drums,Vocals
Jesse Moynihan   Violin
Clinton Killingsworth   Melodica

Technical Credits

Man Man   Composer,Audio Production
Steven Dufala   Artwork
Craig Van Hise   Audio Production

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Six Demon Bag 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this albums is almost as good as their first, which is to say near perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A very young Tom Waits, at the circus, on acid"-- that's the best way to describe this album. Also, "totally addictive". The contrast between the gravelly lead vocals and the halfway satanic sounding falsetto of the background vocals is fantastic. Dig the instrumentation too-- particularly the organ, violin, and percussion. It's difficult to sit still listening to this-you'll have to dance and sing along. Definitely worth picking up!!!