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The creative forces behind The Manichean are Cory Sinclair and Justice Tirapelli-Jamail, the band’s core. Sinclair is the singer and writes the lyrics and the vocal melody; Jamail plays guitar, writes the music and directs the dedicated cast of musicians of whom include Ash BigCash on bass guitar, Dylan Tirapelli-Jamail on drums, Gustavo Roman on violin, Sean Spiller on guitar and keys, and Cory Wilson on saxophone and horns. They compose sweeping, wind-blown, epic passages with big gothic themes like death, resurrection and redemption. Occasionally, the band pauses to lightly underscore a section of Sinclair’s spoken-word poetry, like the now-locally-famous "I love you so much through kisses and cuts."
Sinclair’s background is theatrical while Jamail has been playing music his whole life, so their roles as front man and lead guitarist, respectively, come naturally. They exude confidence. And that confidence comes, in part, from the patience they employ in their artistic process. The band’s name references an extinct Gnostic sect, and there’s a sense of faith between the two collaborators that the artistic ritual of songwriting spawns results through gestation and trust.