Written by William Elgin, posted by blog admin
There’s a level of concision and surety of purpose guiding Man Called Noon’s Everybody Move that you rarely hear from any musical project. The three song EP embodies the sound of a band that knows exactly where it wants these performances to go and how to accomplish that. The eight member Chicago based unit does a remarkable job of never allowing too many cooks in the kitchen at once, so to speak, while providing each of the players and singers some opportunity to shine. Everybody Move stresses songs capable of establishing an immediate and dynamic connection with listeners while still allowing the compositions a chance to highlight their talents as instrumentalists. The two guitar attack of lead player James Marino and rhythm guitarist/lead singer Anthony Giamichael complement each other so well that their playing partnership sounds seamless – it is difficult, sometimes, to tell where one ends and the other begins. This sort of unity between musicians is indicative of the EP as a whole.
The first song is the title track. It’s a minor, but sure, indication of their confidence when they put the nominal statement song for their release in the front runner position. The confidence is justified as “Everybody Move” manages to entertain while making an intensely personal statement and the weaving of patiently developed rhythm section playing alongside the guitars sparkles brighter thanks to Nathan Crone’s sensitive and unstintingly melodic keyboard playing. Man Called Noon keeps their songwriting instincts sharpened to a fine edge and none of the tunes on Everybody Move exceed their mandate, but the title song is arguably the best realized track. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” has a totally different, more dangerous tenor and the band convincingly pulls it off while still retaining their melodic indie rock sound. The song’s raw physicality engages listeners from the first and Giamichael unleashes a fun, rambunctious vocal every bit the equal of its instrumental performance.
Probably the most traditional moment of the EP comes with the concluding track “One Last Ride” but a flair for the personal helps this song rise above any inklings of formula and there are some individual performances, especially James Marino, that leap out from the song. Marino’s skills for tough-minded rock guitar are unquestionable, but he brings something extra to his attack thanks to the natural talents he has for capturing melodic content. It’s a strong exclamation point for Man Called Noon’s third release and Everybody Move marks a true new beginning for an abundantly talented band just now hitting their stride. Interested listeners will likely one day look back to the release of this EP as a transformative moment for Man Called Noon’s creative journey and where they go from here will surely be a rewarding adventure.