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What Happens When We Assume


Do not buy this album.
You didn’t let me finish; do not buy this album if the only reason you have to buy it is because you loved The Matches or/and Something with Numbers. That’s a stupid reason. Because you cannot possibly expect it to be the same.
However you can expect it to be something excitingly different. That you can’t get out of you’re head. Because it’s so good.
That’s what it is. It’s something completely new, different, or perhaps the very same that deserves to be credited as its own. Not as it’s previous.
You should buy this album because it’s new. It’s something that you didn’t dare think, because it’d get you’re hopes up way too much. New, refreshing, dangerous in its own ways.
You won’t be sorry. But this album because of Maniac. Because of the greatness they put into it, nothing more.
It’s maniacal. Buy it, give it, live it. It won’t be wasted.

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.


No band has ever meant as much to me as The Matches have, so the breakup was disconcerting to say the least.
As much as The Matches meant to me, and as nostalgic as I can be, it’s almost pointless to compare the two. You kind of have to walk into it with a blank slate.
The enthusiasm for Maniac and a new chapter spills contagiously into the music. And if I mind I admire is doing something that it loves(while making something that I do) I’d say that’s worth a celebration.
I’m going to have to agree with the wise Dr. Seuss when he said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
That happened and it was GREAT! But this is happening NOW and, different as it may be, it too is great!
I embrace this wholeheartedly because not only do I love the whole feel of it, but becasue it's obviously infectious greatness!
Dance on.

About Maniac

Maniac is the musical collaboration between singers Jake Grigg (Sydney, Australia) and Shawn Harris (Oakland, California), two friends who initially began writing together in 2008 when they were living on opposite sides of the world. At the time, they were both also otherwise occupied with separate bands -- Grigg in Something with Numbers and Harris in the Matches -- so their musical partnership was largely limited to online Skype meet-ups and sporadic vacations. Quickly enough, however, Maniac became each of their main focuses, and they enthusiastically worked to craft pop music that came seemingly straight out of the '80s. They drew influence from the Beatles and duos like Hall & Oates and Crowded House, in addition to more contemporary acts like Washed Out, MGMT, Blur, and the Sleepy Jackson. Yet, it wasn't until Harris' move to Australia in March 2010 that the two were able to finally record together and play live. They released the EP Extended Play on Stop Start Records in Australia that June and spent the rest of the year performing around Sydney. To pull off their sound in a live setting, Harris' sister Vanessa became a permanent gig member, contributing on keys and backup vocals. Maniac eventually made its way back to the United States, with multiple shows around their new home base of California. The band released its full-length LP Mania in May 2011, which had been preceded by an appearance at the South by Southwest music festival. Positive press followed from magazines like Alternative Press and Rolling Stone Australia; over time, they found themselves sharing bills with acts like Atomic Tom, Family of the Year, Kevin Devine, Voxhaul Broadcast, and Rooney. Visual artists in addition to musicians, Harris and Grigg held fast to the D.I.Y method of working and creating; they designed their albums and merchandise, and used their personal printing press to completely fund the band's pursuits once landing back in the U.S. Harris also created low budget videos for several of Maniac's tracks, like "Thank Each Mistake," which was created using an iPad app. In the spring of 2011, the duo filmed and self-produced a documentary that followed them as they played house parties and hitchhiked the 3000 miles from Barstow, California to New York City, using music as their only currency. Meanwhile, they raised funds for their sophomore full-length, Sons of Summer, by selling four limited-edition EPs throughout 2012 as they were creating the record. Maniac supported Foxy Shazam on dates in the early spring and aimed to release the finished album that fall. ~ Corey Apar

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