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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Man Called Noon - Everybody Move (2017)




Written by Raymond Burris, posted by blog admin

Chicago is a well-known city for all types of art, especially music.  There’s been a slew of interesting, innovative bands and artists that have called the Windy City home.  The list is so long at this point that I could easily dedicate an entire article to naming them all and still fall short.  Making waves over the last few years, Man Called Noon already have two full-length albums under their belt as well as several singles and other various releases.  They’re very prolific for a relatively new band and the three-track EP Everybody Move is the latest stage of their musical evolution. 

Man Called Noon is a tough lot to pin down, musically.  On Everybody Move you will hear traditional rock, pop punk, straight pop, new wave, dance, funk, rhythm and blues and art-house soundscapes converging into a singular, cohesive sound that immediately sells you to their musical cause.  Everybody Move starts off with its namesake track and it’s a real doozy, sweeping the listener right up with its many appealing charms.  Jangly guitar riffs swim with both pop punk and first wave emo influences (think Saves the Day and Jimmy Eat World), although it’s a real aural victory that lead singer Anthony Giamichael’s vocals fall into a more hearty soulful range than the whiny musings of something like say Dashboard Confessional.  The music of some of those emo bands had a lot of good appeal but the vocals were always hit or miss.  Here the from the gut yet overtly melodic nuance of Anthony’s leads paint a formidable catchiness that’s rounded out by co-vocalist Erin Piortrowski’s gentle harmonization.  Josh Fontenot laces a jazzy pocket beat into the thick threads of Dave Aitken’s floating bass lines; their double-dipped congruence falling in line seamlessly with the high-end guitar modulations.  Everything moves along at a pretty steady clip with no parts of the song falling into tedium or syrupy balladry that drags more than it nails the dramatics.  A scorching guitar lead in the track’s second half along with keyboardist Nathan Crone’s saloon shaking piano twinkles fully fleshes this tune into a melodic monster worth its weight in gold. 

Following up on the title track’s speedy surges “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” employs a similar set of swinging tempos, stinging guitar licks and bewitching dual vocals that dance in and out of each other’s melodic qualities.  Piortrowski especially gussies up the choruses while additionally sprucing the verses with an attentive feminine touch.  Driving percussion and tightly coiled bass riffs are given added potency when Crone’s quaking, autumnal keyboards inject an earthy grumble to the song’s scenic peaks and valleys (of which there are many).  The EP fades out on the grungy, dirty punk rockin’ of “One Last Ride” which features the meanest, most snarly aggression on the recording.  Full of distorted, dissonance riffs and rumbling rhythms this baby goes straight for full force while still retaining the unit’s admirable melodic qualities. 

You’ll get a lot of mileage out Everybody Move’s many hooks and anthem-ready musical monuments.  The worst part of this EP is that it’s so short; you’ll certainly want more when it’s all said and done with.  In reality this EP was perhaps kept short out of necessity as it introduces a lot more experimentation into the band’s sound, a new member (Nathan Crone), an increased focus on harmony vocals, a keener eye for melodic songwriting and a large sonic palette that pushes the keyboards to the foreground of the music.  All in all, Everybody Move is a flawless collection that only makes me more intrigued to hear Man Called Noon’s next release.

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