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Mint Condition CD. Jewel case slightly scuffed. All inserts included and in excellent condition.
Album: BUILDING A WORKING MODEL
Release Date: February 25, 2003
Record Label: Lazyline
Genre: Rock & Pop
Album Type: Full-Length CD
1. Building a Working Intro
4. HS Dance
7. Boy From Oregon
9. Waited Too Long
10. Chasing 8s
About the Artist :
Mantissa is Brian McGrath and Nathan Jones. Sometimes their friends come and help them out -- playing drums or bass, mostly. Brian does the singing and the guitar playing. Nathan sits behind the computer screens, trying to force samples and synthesis into sounding, somehow, different: sounds that belie their origins. Brian and Nathan met in a graduate-seminar on Deleuze or Wordsworth -- they forget. Brian stayed behind in the Ivory Tower, Nathan went looking for money as a Creative Director. But this is all beside the point. The point is: Growing up, Brian listened to a lot of emo and punk-rock. And also, the blues. So Brian is into the singing, the narrative fragments, the cyclical thump-thump of the foot against the hardwood, keeping time with the guitar. In high-school, Nathan liked Peter Brotzmann and Merzbow. Sounds over music, noise over melody -- but he too has grown up. Drunk, at a party, here is how they would describe their 'sound' to a cute girl: "Rooted equally in the glory-days of mid-90s emotional-indie rock and the glitchy exuberance of post-millennial dance music, Mantissa works somewhere in the tension between." Actually, they would never say this. Rather, "Like that guy from Crooked Fingers singing over To Rococo Rot." Or, "I dunno. I guess we sound like a combination of The Notwist and Red House Painters." Or even, "Joan of Arc, if they killed Tim Kinsella and came to terms with their cleverness" Anyhow -- you get the idea. Maybe the great thing about Mantissa is that they don't try to sound like anyone else. Nathan says, "I lack the talent to imitate even myself." Brian nods, "Yeah -- I can't even hear what we are playing anyway. When I go back to listen to the album, I am pretty impressed." In the background, the CD player hums and clicks, switches between Avril Lavigne and Richard Buckner, This Heat and Jimmy Eat World. Outside, another endless summer afternoon falls apart -- the night slips in.
Mantissa is two people. Rooted equally in the glory-days of mid-90s emotional indie rock and the glitchy exuberance of post-millennial dance music, Mantissa works somewhere in the tension between.
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