Sign up for our mailing list Real artists creating records on their own terms
Close

Sign up for our mailing list

News

Monday, November 5th, 2007

ANTI SIGNS THE INCOMPARABLE MAN MAN, "A WEIRD, RAUCOUS DELIGHT" (THE PHOENIX)

Hailing from Philadelphia, Man Man are an astonishingly original quintet who have found the perfect berth for their gypsy-swamp-rock-carny-soul sound at the equally singular Anti- Records, home to other such illustrious iconoclasts as Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Neko Case.

The band had the following to say about the signing: Honus (vocals/keys/etc): "Championship Rings!" Chang Wang (sax/etc): "Wow! Yes!" Sergei Sogay (bass/etc): "Warm Socks!" Cougar (guitar/trumpet): "Pizza Party!" Pow Pow (drums/etc): "Ladies Please!"

Man Man have been understatedly described by NPR as "quirky and mischievous... often with old-world instrumentation and plenty of theatrics." The pre-eminent online music publication Pitchforkmedia.com more extravagantly enthuses, "Man Man's power isn't derived from the genres they stumble across, or the maniac light in their eyes, or the sweat pooling in their beards. It's the unbearable sadness in their marrow and how they transform it, like the existentially distressed but heroically steadfast men men they are, into a terrible and lionhearted joy."

Known for their literally non-stop kinetic live shows, which utilize a variety of more traditional musical instruments like the accordion, the Moog keyboard and the xylophone, as well as incorporating often overlooked noisemakers like soup pots, shoes, a fire extinguisher and squeaky toys, Man Man have floored crowds around the world on tour with indie darlings such as Cat Power, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse.

The exuberantly schizophrenic Man Man move, sometimes seamlessly and sometimes in intentional fits and starts, between genres and sounds on their recordings as freely as they change instruments during their live shows. Spin opines "often sinister, occasionally busting out some doo-wop, and on one track accompanied by a chorus of kindergartners, Man Man is a refreshing breath amid today's polluted airwaves," and Prefix magazine states "Man Man's music will irritate you, make you laugh, put you off and then bring you back for more. It is in this conflict that the band exists and succeeds so well." Man Man are currently finalizing the recording of their Anti-debut. Expect the brilliantly unexpected in spring 2008.

Facebook | Twitter
 

Browse by Artist

1802All Artists 97Tom Waits 71Mavis Staples 57Neko Case 51Lost In The Trees 50Sean Rowe 48Dr. Dog 45The Milk Carton Kids
41Jolie Holland 40Bettye LaVette 37Man Man 35Tinariwen 33DeVotchKa 33Son Little 33Tim Fite 31Grinderman 31Islands 28Saintseneca 27Galactic 27Wilco 24Glen Hansard 24Michael Franti and Spe... 22Bob Mould 22Doe Paoro 22William Elliott Whitmo... 21The Frames 21Nick Cave & The Bad Se... 20Christopher Paul Stell... 20Joe Henry 20Andy Shauf 19Sage Francis 19Booker T. Jones 18Deafheaven 18Gary V 18Delicate Steve 17John K. Samson 17Xenia Rubinos 17Yann Tiersen 16Ramblin Jack Elliott 16The Drums 16Jason Lytle 15The Antlers 15Cass McCombs 14Calexico 14Daniel Lanois 13Billy Bragg 13The Dream Syndicate 12Xavier Rudd 12Peter Silberman 12Yves Jarvis 11Lyrics Born 11Mose Allison 11Roky Erickson 11Ryan Pollie 11The Weakerthans 11Jade Jackson 11Rain Machine 10The Swell Season 10The Melodic 10Jeremy Ivey 10So Much Light 9Marianne Faithfull 9Cameron Avery 9N.A.S.A. 8Greg Graffin 8Solillaquists of Sound 8Hey, King! 8Cadence Weapon 8The Coup 7Ben Harper and Charlie... 7Beth Orton 7Kelly Hogan 7Elliott Smith 7Dead Man's Bones 7Girlpool 7Richard Reed Parry 7Japandroids 7Alec Ounsworth 7Title Fight 7Wynonna 7Eddie Izzard 7Ben Harper 6Danny Elfman 6Os Mutantes 6Lido Pimienta 6Kate Bush 6Boy Scouts 6Darrin Bradbury 6A Girl Called Eddy 6Deradoorian 6Glitterer 6Busdriver 6Broken Twin 6M. Ward 6Rafiq Bhatia 5One Day As A Lion 5Josiah Johnson 5The Field 5Keaton Henson 5Foxwarren 5Beat Connection 5Combo Chimbita 4Marketa Irglova 4Curtis Harding 4Ersi Arvizu 4Purr 4Pops Staples 4The Good Ones 3Danny Cohen 3Half Waif 3Petra Haden 3Mothers 3Walter Wolfman Washing... 3Sierra Leones Refugee... 3Marc Ribot 2Alfa Mist 2Various Artists: RANGO 2Jeff Tweedy 2Christian Lee Hutson 1case/lang/veirs 1Fleet Foxes 1ANTI- Records 1Merle Haggard 1Kronos Quartet with Br... 1Rogue's Gallery 1Simian Mobile Disco 1Youth Group 1Porter Wagoner 1Blackalicious 1Tricky 1The Locust 1Madi Diaz 1Antibalas 1Joe Strummer And The M... 1Various Artists: ROGUE...
See Full List+