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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.

I've gone monomaniacal over Maniac

Speaking as someone notorious for becoming the harshest critic imaginable when I'm at a concert alone, I saw Maniac play at the Silverlake Lounge back in early December by myself. Having been a Matches fan, I was excited to see Shawn's new project. However, I must admit that I went in with mild trepidation. How could any band live up to the standards of a phenomenon like the Matches? Well, they had me dancing from the very first note. This band is something special. They have a charisma onstage that I frankly find unparallelled. The co-frontmen setup is magic.

So, I know, I'm supposed to be reviewing the album, but how can I possibly review the album without reviewing the band as a whole? I had the privelege of hearing many of these songs before they'd been put on a polished album. I was intensely curious to hear what the album versions of these songs would be like. Having had the album for two weeks now (I bought it on pre-order) I can definitively say that this is one of the best albums from a new artist I've bought in years. Crystal Castles, maybe, when their first album came out had me this excited. I think Hoodoo is my favorite for now because of the classic dialogue-ing lyrics. The upbeat, fun message of the album is heart-warming and idealistic in a non-jilted and thoroughly un-naive way. The instrumentation is playful and clever, with lots of great rhythms and creative chord progressions. I can't imagine what these guys might be capable of with a real budget and full production capabilities. Though part of me, the selfish part, wants Maniac to stay my very own special, little secret, I can't keep my mouth shut about them. GO BUY THIS ALBUM AND SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD!!!


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '10s

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,...
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