MainMan is a relatively new band that I got the chance to see last Monday at the Echo during the YIP YOPS’ residency, and I noticed that they did leave a great impression on the crowd, with a layered and multi-influenced music.
This past week, the band has released a new single ‘Still Remains’, a song floating between dream pop and guitar-driven rock while producing an instant familiarity. When I saw them, I compared singer Morgan Demeter’s soothing vocals to James Taylor’s, whereas the music seemed to draw its inspiration from several classic bands, without anything too obvious: As a matter of fact, the names of Pink Floyd, Built to Spill, My Morning Jacket, and Earth, Wind & Fire have been dropped in reviews.
One thing is certain, MainMan is looking for the hooky and jazzy side of rock ‘n’ roll, with plenty of guitar developments and a timeless sound that even brought Donald Fagen in my mind at times.
Surrounded by former Bear On Fire members Chris Mintz-Plasse (on bass) and Nick Chamian (on guitar), and The Hammerhead’s Ryan Dean, Morgan Dementer’s voice effortlessly dominates the catchy and ethereal new single… and if you are a movie fan, you may recognize (I didn’t!) bassist Chris Mintz-Plasse, well known for his role of McLovin’ in the 2007 Judd Apatow classic, ‘Superbad’.
Listen to MainMan’s new single, ‘Still Remains’ below, and check out their upcoming touring dates here.
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1980 (Volume 12, Number 7)
Boy Howdy! did Susan Whitall put together a solid team of writers
its own glammy road not travelled
“This was his best performance ever.”
his best song since “I Will See You In Far Off Places”
expected series of punk veterans
I have this thing where I get older but just never wiser
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1980 (Volume 12, Number 6)
an almost indefinable purity