Ago 3 2007, 19h49
Sun 29 Jul – Man Man, Everything, Now!
Another review I've been putting off for lack of time. I'd never been down to The Bluebird in Bloomington, IN before. But with Man Man
coming to town and Everything Now!
opening (a local favorite of mine) I couldn't miss it.
First up was Everything Now!, a band I saw play with Bryan Scary
a few weeks prior. Local boys from Muncie I believe, they put on a heck of a show. I actually enjoy them live much more than I do their album Bible Universe
. Live they come across as much more straight up pop/rock and less experimental. Solid show they put on and you should check them out.
I first heard of/saw Man Man at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago in 2006. Their massive level of insanity and noise backed by catchy tunes and bizarre lyrics immediately got my attention. I picked up both their albums The Man In A Blue Turban With A Face
and Six Demon Bag
(the latter being far superior, IMO) after that and fell in love with the crazy.
They did not disappoint at The Bluebird. The confined venue just enhanced the level of chaos to their show. Everything used as percussion (even one of the lights swinging from the ceiling at one point). Multi-instrumentalists switching between guitar, xylophone, trumpet, sax, random percussion, bass and keyboards. On the surface many of the songs sound like pure chaos but almost all of them have this hidden melody/tune beneath the crazy that ties it together. It basically feels like you are experiencing a show at an insane asylum where the inmates decided to form a band. You've got to experience them at least once.
As one friend who was present at the show said "I've never been to a show that I liked so much where I still didn't want the album". That is true, to a point. Man Man is a band whose live experience just CANNOT translate to an album. But when recording an album, it seems they are forced to pull back on the crazy a bit and focus on the songs which can actually be a good thing. So I would recommend at least checking out Six Demon Bag (their later and a bit more... structured album)
***1/2 show, if just because the small venue almost made Man Man a little TOO loud and overwhelming at times.