Fastball

Fastball

Oh Manitou

Fri · August 4, 2017

6:00 pm

The Rochester Public Market

Rochester, NY

$0.00

Fastball
Fastball
Fastball is an American rock band that formed in Austin, Texas in the 1990s. The band originally called themselves "Magneto U.S.A" but changed their name after signing with Hollywood Records.

In 1998, their album All The Pain Money Can Buy reached platinum sales within six months of its release, and stayed on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart for a year. In addition, the group has been nominated for two Grammy Awards -- Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "The Way," and Best Long Form Music Video for "The Way." They also received an MTV Video Music Award nomination as Best New Artist.
Oh Manitou
Oh Manitou
If you think about it, the music that stays with you for your whole life is usually made by people who went out on a limb somehow. Music that follows whatever's current might grab us in the moment but we tend to outgrow it and, at best, look back on it with a kind of winking nostalgia. The music that sticks -- the stuff that grows with you and occupies the same place in your life as a living, breathing friendship -- is often made by bands who don't necessarily know or understand what they're making but have to stand by it and make it anyway.

When you hear or see Oh Manitou for the first time, it's apparent that they're one of those bands. Even at this early stage in their career, you can tell they make music that has that tingle, that feeling that both artist and audience are peering out into the darkness together...

It's not that Oh Manitou's music is particularly obtuse or even difficult to describe. In fact, the ingredients are right there on the surface: rock, folk, Americana and psychedelia with prominent shades of jazz and punk. And yet this band doesn't pledge allegiance to any of those things.

When they feature, say, a slide guitar, it's not coming from the same place as all these people who dress in cowboy shirts and try to recreate the atmosphere of old records. And if, for example, you want to hear the jazz influence, you have to open yourself up to the idea that "jazz" in this band’s hands can mean something you've never imagined it to be. Likewise, even their moments of punk-paced, raucousness, this stuff is as far removed from all the trappings of punk purism as you can possibly get.

You have to remember that whenever a band is chasing a trend, it's already too late. Because by the time we all catch on and realize that a wave is peaking, it's already on its way out. On the other hand, it's natural to just be influenced by whatever's going on around you, and being too much of a hardliner about doing your own thing can come off as forced. Oh Manitou's music sits in that comfortable place in the middle. It takes you someplace new without hitting you over the head or demanding anything of you. In fact, you'll probably find the music as inviting as it is engrossing.

Following in the grand tradition of bands that operated like organisms -- where the muse dictated the outcome more than any one person did -- Oh Manitou's creative dynamic has that healthy push-pull where each member has a slightly different sense of where the music might go. And already the sound has grown well beyond what they've put on tape. They're stretching into places even they couldn't have anticipated themselves. And as in-command as they are live, watching them you get that feeling that they can barely see five feet in front of them. Bands like that are special and rare, and when you spot one it's unmistakable. This is one of those bands. Get onboard with them now because they're about to chart a very special course.

-- Saby Reyes-Kulkarni
Venue Information:
The Rochester Public Market
50 Railroad Street
Rochester, NY, 14609