Maneka Announce Debut EP Is You Is
Due Out September 1st via
Exploding In Sound Records’ Tape Club
Share “Tiger Baby” (feat. Jordyn Blakely) with Stereogum
photo courtesy of Daniel Topete
Listen to “Tiger Baby (feat. Jordyn Blakely)”
Exploding In Sound Records is thrilled to introduce you to Maneka, the long-awaited solo debut of Devin McKnight (Grass Is Green, ex-Speedy Ortiz). While McKnight has been an enormous force in every band he’s played in, Maneka is the first time he’s handling the entirety of the songwriting and vocals (outside his hip-hop projects: Dirwin Magic Jansen, Indiana Pacers). “Tiger Baby,” premiering today on Stereogum, is a damn fine debut, capturing the sound McKnight calls “future-space alien-dream-punk” on his first love song. The single features guest harmonies from Jordyn Blakely (Stove, Jackal Onasis), complimenting the disorienting melody with a warm glow.
Stereogum called it “an engine-revving tune with the lurching distortion of distressed guitars at its centerfold, elevated by the plush guest vocals of Jordyn Blakely.”
Speaking about “Tiger Baby,” Devin shared, “That’s what my lady calls me. If you look in her phone, next to my contact is the tiger emoji and a baby bottle emoji. Apparently I exhibit large feline qualities along with the qualities of an infant. I guess the overall theme is it’s nice when someone still loves you even with your many faults.”
Is You Is
September 1, 2017
Exploding In Sound Records
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1. Soft Serve (feat. Katie Capri)
2. Tiger Baby (feat. Jordyn Blakely)
3. Dracula (feat. Katie Capri)
4. Salty (feat. Alex Molini)
6. My Boy Seth (feat. Sam Rosenberg)
7. Power (feat. Katie Capri)
8. Parents Outro
“Glimmering like heat-haze rising from a piping hot pavement, and swooping into a shoegazey new direction” – DIY Mag
Maneka’s debut album, Is You Is, is Devin McKnight’s (Grass Is Green, ex-Speedy Ortiz) first solo album, a record the deals with themes of independence, self empowerment, urgency, and ownership. Self described as “future-space alien-dream-post punk,” McKnight leaves behind years spent playing the role of guitarist to create his own project, writing every instrumental and vocal part on his own before sharing it with a collective of friends and collaborators. Singing is “a very new adventure” for McKnight, prepping with a few vocal lessons from his Aunt Cheryl to get his confidence up and hacking away at it. Vocals aren’t the only first, McKnight also wrote the drums parts, programming them with Ableton and drum samples for Maneka’s original demos. Mike Thomas (Grass Is Green, Empress Of) joined McKnight to play drums on the album, sticking with the framework built on the demos while adding a flair that only he can.
The inspiration for Maneka began after a prolonged time away from the road following years of touring. Creatively restless, McKnight started realizing a lot of the music scenes/spaces that he’d been apart of we’re very white. McKnight often felt himself losing his own cultural identity, and the seeds of his own project were planted. He very quickly realized the best way to speak to this experience was to do it on his own. Inspired by Rob Crow, Deftones, Jimi Hendrix, former bandmates (Sadie Dupuis, Two Inch Astronaut) and tour mates (Alex G, Ovlov), McKnight has found his own voice, creating unique melodies and blistering guitar lines that represent both experimental punk, syrupy harmonies, and a sense of McKnight’s own independence.