MAN MAN’S HONUS HONUS SHARES NEW VIDEO “OH NO!” AT TEAM COCO’S FRESH NOISE, DEBUT SOLO LP USE YOUR DELUSION OUT NOW
Check out the video for “Oh No” at Fresh Noise
Listen to Honus Honus’ Use Your Delusion at Stereogum
Check out reviews of Use Your Delusion at Paste and Glide
RIYL: New Order, Ween, Of Montreal, Guerilla Toss, Islands, Zappa, Preoccupations
Honus Honus has previously been covered at Pitchfork, Noisey,
Consequence of Sound, NPR, The A.V. Club, Brooklyn Vegan, SPIN and many more.
*Digital downloads & review copies of Use Your Delusion available upon request.
Honus Honus. Portrait by Mustafa Shaheen.
“Honus Honus continues to prove himself as one of rock’s best working lyricists.” – Pitchfork
“Sometimes brutal and sometimes peculiar, but [Man Man’s music] always accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: possibly to unsettle you, but definitely to make you reconsider the conventions of rock music as you’ve known them.” – Consequence of Sound
“Fans don’t often shout for encores from bands playing in the late afternoon on SXSW’s outdoor stages, but they can be forgiven their enthusiasm here: When Man Man stopped playing, the silence seemed almost surreal.” – NPR
“Impossible-to-pigeonhole weirdo rock.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“A hodgepodge of dizzying synths, quirky vocals, and genre overload.” – Stereogum
“Delightfully unpredictable.” – The A.V. Club
“Truly uncategorizable … fantastic.” – Noisey
“A little weird and a lot awesome.” – SPIN
“Whimsical, carnival-esque.” – Exclaim
November 18, 2016 — Man Man’s Honus Honus just shared his new video “Oh No!” at Team Coco’s Fresh Noise. This comes on the heels of officially releasing his debut solo LP Use Your Delusion. Paste reviewed the album, giving it a 7.5/10, while Glide wrote in their review that Use Your Delusion is “an album more accessible than any of Man Man’s releases, though the quirks and experimentation are still firmly in place.”
When Man Man cut their seemingly endless record/tour/write/repeat cycle short to take a well-overdue break, Ryan Kattner AKA Honus Honus AKA Man Man’s main man decided to make something he’d avoided for the past 13 years—a solo album, under the apropos name Use Your Delusion.
Now that a few songs are out, it’s safe to say a lot has changed since Man Man’s last LP, On Oni Pond. For one thing, Kattner has lived in Los Angeles since 2013, splitting his time between songwriting and side projects like screenplays, a long-outlined graphic novel, music supervision gigs (Fox’s Exorcist reboot, Super Deluxe), a new Mister Heavenly album, a bizarro children’s record called Booger Bubble, original scores for plays and TV pilots, a monthly Talkhouse column, even a little acting and directing (his own “Heavy Jesus” and “Red Velvet” videos for the JASH channel Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, and Tim & Eric founded on YouTube).
Let’s just say there’s more than a whiff of the city’s fallen angels at play here. Think of Use Your Delusion as a love letter to LA’s lost souls, sealed with a pop-savvy sucker punch instead of a kiss. Fuck it. The kiss is there too.
“I wanted the vibe of the album to be upbeat and carefree even if the storytelling ran against the grain,” explains Kattner. “Like most creative people, I’m forever influenced by where I’m at in my life. There’s an unbalanced energy in the air I wanted to feed off here. I love how you can walk a block off Sunset Avenue at night, in the middle of a teeming city, and run right into a couple of coyotes trolling the neighborhood for tiny cats to eat. Sure, LA is known for attractive, traffic-obsessed people and unattainable lifestyles but there’s also a lotta weirdos, a lotta darkness, and a real rich, disturbing history in the mix. Dreams being made and unmade every day. And all of it under a canopy of perfect weather and towering palm trees that are about to topple from either the drought or the next big earthquake.”
“It’s not a concept album,” he continues. “You don’t need to drink from the LA River to appreciate the content. I mean, you’d probably die if you drank from the LA River. Or become invisible.”
OR maybe you’ll start to see things through Honus Honus’ eyes, enough to make sense of the dizzying Use Your Delusion universe, from the down-and-out summery dub of “Oh No!” and barbaric death-metal breakdowns of “Red Velvet” to the poison-tipped synth pop of “Santa Monica” and mood-setting melancholy of “Vampires in the Valley.” There’s even some gymnastic guitar solos courtesy of producer/right hand man King Cyrus King (see also: several Adult Swim shows, Super Deluxe, and the power trio Hot Karate). He’s but one crucial piece of a complex puzzle that includes contributions from comedian Jon Daly (slaying the sax), drummer Joe Plummer (Mister Heavenly, Cold War Kids, Modest Mouse), polymath Mary Elizabeth Winstead (last heard alongside Dan the Automator in the avant-pop duo Got a Girl and seen in 10 Cloverfield Lane and Swiss Army Man), and singer Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams.
“The parameters were simple,” explains Kattner. “Don’t overcook the cake. Short ‘n sweet, lean hard into the hooks. I also wanted to explore sounds I’d never messed around with before, diving headlong into the cheesiest sounding synths—the type of keyboards and pads most people skip over—and mixing that with outdated drum machines and real drums and then stirring in my songwriting style. Dystopian Pop.”
Use Your Delusion is more than just a mere one-off record, too. It’ll be supported by a full-on tour, one that lives up to Kattner’s wild-eyed reputation. “This ain’t some ‘Honus strums a sad ukulele’ thing,” he says. “Sorry if that’s what you want but I’m just too restless a spirit to do that right now. I’ll implode if I don’t get the energy out and with all the great players I have onboard, the ceiling for the wildness factor to bloom is immense. That’s the most exciting part of all of this for me. Discovering our live footing as a new band. It reminds me of what it was like when I first started Man Man back in the day. There will always going to be serious side to the lyrical narrative but ultimately I just want to have the most engaging and fun live show possible. That’s not much to ask, right?”
Honus Honus Tour Dates 2016
11/4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
11/5 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
11/6 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
11/7 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/9 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
11/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
11/11 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
11/12 – Montreal, PQ @ Ritz
11/13 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater
11/14 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
11/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle