The Manichean / Press

“One of the most promising (and newest, relatively speaking) bands currently in town; these guys play sharp-edged, smart as hell post-rock that's intriguingly structured, quirky, and artsy without being off-putting. Good shit…”

“The Manichean is a - well, it's band that plays music here in town. Define them, you say? Not these easiest task in the world. You could just say that they're awesome, of course, but that's no real illumination of the nature of this local union of weirdness. It's loud and experimental and it's got horns and strings and it's full of weird spoken-word and atmospheric moaning, and most of all it really REALLY rocks your socks off.”

“Much like The Manichean’s celebrated live shows in its hometown of Houston, TX, the Whispers EP jumps right into your face from the very beginning with the band’s ramshackle, gypsy-folk-on-mescaline aesthetic as violins, horns, postcore drumming, vigorous guitar strumming, and the woosh of melodramatic vocals fill the air. I was quite impressed with The Manichean’s ability to harness the passion of its live performances into recorded format. The band becomes a living organism on stage, drawing into itself at times before exploding in a torrent of glorious song, much like a roving band of minstrels conveying the power, weight, and truth of the old stories through music.”

“The Manichean are well, well worth a listen/viewing. Their sound's a little hard to describe, but it's complex and sweet and busy and beautiful all at the same time, like what Sparta might've sounded like if they'd digested a whole lot of The Decemberists and gone all cleverly mysterious indie-prog pseudo-folk.”

“This eight-person, straight-out-of-art-school collective won us over with its brand of freaked-out folk-rock. Mixing together a heady collage of sounds and instruments (including tenor saxophone, djembe, and violin), the overall effect was one of a hoedown repurposed for some indie-rock performance art. The lead singer's magnetic personality and spoken word bits almost stole the show, but he always knew how to hand things back to his band, and they were always ready to start romping and rocking through a fresh series of builds and breaks.”

“If you haven't experienced The Manichean, I strongly urge that you do. They have glam rock tendencies but take a lot of their cues from bands in the "melodramatic popular song" category. To be more specific, you might think Cursive or Arcade Fire, but more sincere. Between songs singer Cory recites spoken word pieces that give the entire show a sense of cinematic continuity that few bands in Houston have. There's rarely a moment of silence to applaud their efforts. They also give me a strange sense of "Am I really witnessing this? Why, yes I am!"”