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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/a>/a>/a>… See more details below
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.
- Release Date:
- Ace Fu Records
Performance CreditsMan Man Primary Artist
Honus Honus Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Sergei Sogay Synthesizer,Percussion,Vocals,Melodica,Vibes
San Danon Pisto Flute,Saxophone
Lulu Nader Vocals
Crystal Stokowski Vocals
Alejandro Borg Guitar,Marimbas
Pow Pow Drums,Vocals
Jesse Moynihan Violin
Clinton Killingsworth Melodica
Technical CreditsMan Man Composer,Audio Production
Steven Dufala Artwork
Craig Van Hise Audio Production
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this albums is almost as good as their first, which is to say near perfect.
"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!!!