But first things first, Man Man have just announced their latest album Life Fantastic, out May 10! Before we get to the interview, Honus Honus gives you an idea of what to expect on the new release:
Contextually, this is an album fueled by the end of relationships, the death of good friends, an absence of structure, drifting from place to place without a real home. It’s funny because in the past I was able to take bad situations and turn them into something creative but this time around I just couldn’t at all. I felt nothing, which was worse than being miserable and depressed. Sometimes I guess you have to stumble around in a fog for awhile until you find a way out, rediscover your heart, take comfort in knowing that the only thing you really have control over is how you choose to roll with the punches. In many ways, this is an album about carrying on.
The first track “Knuckle Down” can be streamed on Pitchfork.
We’re also stoked that Man Man are heading back out on tour! We will be definitely be checking them out at their SXSW show. I say we go forward with the interview and you can check out their upcoming shows below that. Sound like a plan?
How excited are you to be heading back to SXSW?
Believe it or not I’m pretty psyched. I just hope my pipes hold up. Doing double duty this festival with Man Man and Mister Heavenly since I’m in an unusual situation of having two albums dropping this year. Fortunately it’s only one Man Man show so I think my body will be able to handle the blitzing that Mister Heavenly is undertaking. It’s been years and years since I’ve signed up to play so many shows. If I had to do more than one Man Man shows I’d be a dead man for sure. Throw me in a ditch and cover me with Tecate empties. I have a feeling I’ll be eating all of these words.
Are there any bands you can’t wait to check out this year while you’re down there?
Hopefully if I can: Dirty Beaches, Fergus & Geronimo, Das Racist, Toro Y Moi, Twin Shadow, Wild Flag, Daniel Hart, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, Living Days to name a few. I’m sure I’ve left off a dozen more. When the dust settles I usually end up catching only a couple bands and not feeling guilty about missing the others. It’s a shitshow. You do what you can do.
Can you tell us a little about your new album? Any surprises or crazy things to expect?
Worked really long and hard on the new Man Man and I’m exceptionally proud of it. Anxious to see how it’s received. Same goes with Mister Heavenly. The two couldn’t be any different from each other however.
What are you looking forward to the most on your upcoming tour?
Touring in general. It’s been awhile since Man Man did a long stretch on the road and we have a whole year ahead of us. It’s the only time my brain makes sense anymore really. When it’s distracted and weary so I can’t overthink during the downtime. That can’t be healthy though. I am unhealthly.
What songs/artists have the most plays on your MP3 player?
I kinda get stuck on a song a listen to it on massive repeat.
Puppet on a String - Gino Washington
Oogum Boogum - Brenton Wood
Bird Blobs - Stihl Life
What’s the last album you listened to start to finish?
Other than the new Man Man, that I had to listen to on repeat and repeat and repeat to try and figure what makes the cut, the order of songs, etc… probably “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” while driving with my brother. I don’t usually listen to much music outside of what I’m working on and when I’m not working on music I’d rather be doing something non music oriented. Like drinking. And saving lives.
What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?
Now here’s where you can catch Man Man this spring:
19-Mar: Austin, TX
28-Apr: Carrboro, NC
29-Apr: Charlotte, NC
30-Apr: Atlanta, GA
01-May: Birmingham, AL
02-May:New Orleans, LA
03-May: Houston, TX
05-May: Austin, TX
06-May: Dallas, TX
07-May: Oklahoma City, OK
09-May: Albuquerque, NM
10-May: Tempe, AZ
11-May: San Diego, CA
13-May: Los Angeles, CA
14-May: San Francisco, CA
16-May: Seattle, WA
17-May: Vancouver, BC
18-May: Portland, OR
20-May: Salt Lake City, UT
21-May: Denver, CO
22-May: Omaha, NE
23-May: Minneapolis, MN
24-May: Chicago, IL
25-May: Pontiac, MI
26-May: Toronto, ON
27-May: Montreal, QC
28-May: Boston, MA
29-May: Danbury, CT
31-May: New York, NY
03-Jun: Washington, DC
11-Jun: Manchester, TN