Man Man Interview

Man Man Interview

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Words By Jay Riggio

I can’t stand the sound of my own voice.  In fact, I hate the fuck out of hearing my recorded utterances.  It kills me.  It’s only likely that an asshole like me would go on to pursue a career that’s waist deep in taped conversations.  I transcribe my gay-ass voice daily, often saying the whackest things possible in a tone that’s gayer then a rhinestone collared penguin.  For some reason I habitually mutter the enormously homosexual response, “oh wow!” when my interviewees say something that surprises me.  And lord knows my subjects are always full of surprises.  The good news is; if my career as a little writing man fails, which should happen any day now, I have the market cornered as a male on male phone sex operator. Speaking of two males, let me tell you about possibly the best band in the world.  They’re called Man Man and they’re from Philadelphia.  They sound like a fucked up carnival sideshow fueled by speedy acid, raw cocaine and one of those high powered protein smoothies from Jamba Juice.  I can’t really say more than that except that if you’ve never listened to them, then you’re pretty much a cocksucker and I hate you.  Just kidding, I don’t hate you.  But I would if you tried to finger my girlfriend.  Then I’d really hate you.  One of the two males I spoke to in my fucked up voice was, Honus Honus the lead singer of Man Man.

I NOTICED THAT YOUR LINE-UP HAS CHANGED.  IS THAT A PERMANENT THING?

Yeah.  We’ve always been a collective of sorts with a revolving cast of characters.  But we’re gonna try and ride out this crew for a while.  Most of these guys played on the new record.  Blanco from the last Man Man group played, he played on this record as well.

THE OLD LINE-UP OF MAN MAN WAS MADE UP OF PREDOMINATELY ‘MAN-CHILDREN.’  WITH THE NEW LINE-UP, ALL THE DUDES HAVE MORE ADULT FEATURES.  I MEAN THE DRUMMERS EVEN BALDING.  HAS THE PHYSICAL PERCEPTION OF THE NEW ADULT-LIKE MAN MAN AFFECTED YOUR PERFORMANCE?

Is that a bad thing now that we’re actually Man Man and not ‘Man-Boy?” (Laughs). The line-up, there’s definitely a different chemistry.  The new guys, they’re awesome and they’re ready to do it.  We just have a lot of fun playing together.  We’ve only been playing together a short while.  I guess the records been recorded over the summer.

EVERY TIME YOU GUYS PLAY LIVE, I’VE SEEN A LITTLE BIRD PERCHED ABOVE YOUR KEYBOARD.  WHAT’S THE LITTLE GUYS NAME?

I didn’t have him last night.

YOU DIDN’T?  

I had to give the little guy a rest.  I had a stuffed giant toad, he wasn’t very visible though.  He was kind of hanging out by my feet.

WHY DO YOU GUYS ALL WEAR WHITE ON STAGE?

It’s not supposed to be any kind of fashion statement.  It’s actually supposed to be an anti-fashion statement.  I think it’s just so you focus on what we’re doing and the music we’re playing and not really to concerned about what kind of hot gear we’re wearing.  Or you’re not wondering where the hell we got that banging sweater or perfectly tapered, crotch-hugging jeans.  It’s as simple as that.

YOUR NEW ALBUM DROPS IN FEBRUARY.  HOW’S IT GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THE FIRST?

I think it’s better.  I think we kind of matured a little bit, but not to the point where we’re still immature.  I mean we’re all still pretty childish. I wish I had more colorful answers for you?  What magazine is this for, an on-line magazine?

NO, IT’S A PRINT MAG.  IT’S CALLED AUTOMATIC.  IT’S A SKATEBOARD MAG. 

Oh shit, maybe you should ask me some more colorful questions.  This has been a bummer interview.

ALL RIGHT ONE MORE.  I USED TO WRITE PORNO REVIEWS AND LIKE AN ASSHOLE I DIDN’T USE A PEN NAME.  SO WHENEVER MY MOM WOULD GOOGLE MY NAME, SHE’D SEE HER LITTLE BABIES NAME ENGULFED IN SMUT.  DOES THE SAME SHIT HAPPEN WHEN YOUR PARENTS GOOGLE YOUR BAND NAME?

No, but it’s funny because our record was recorded in a warehouse and the floor underneath the warehouse was a porn studio.  The dude downstairs who ran the porn studio would hear all our shit even though we had soundproofing.  We’d be recording a song and be really into it and than we’d finish the song and realize that he was blasting the latest new-metal through the floor and it would be on the recording.  So we went down and talked to him.  He was a goombah, like 5’3, tribal tattoos and he was like, “I’m tired of hearing the same repetitive shit over and over again.  Why don’t you just go to a studio?”  And then he goes and sings in its entirety, one of our songs.  I wish I had a video camera.

ANY CRAZY TOUR STORIES?

Actually it isn’t crazy but it’s kind of funny.  We played in Athens, before the show we had dinner in this café’ by the club.  And we were living the café and there was a family sitting outside.  I was the first one out and this little kid was eye balling us pretty hardcore and I thought it was kind of funny but I didn’t want to eyeball him back because it was a child and I have a mustache and look kind of creepy.  The other Men Men walk out and we’re walking down the street and I hear behind this kid in the most terrifying voice go, “Mommy, that dude is weird lookin’.”  And she goes, “That’s ok, it’s alright, it’s gonna be ok.”  And I lost my shit.

 

 

 


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