Oneida drummer Kid Millions, aka John Colpitts, aka Man Forever plays a BYOB gig at the Joinery on October 11th with Magic Pockets and School Tour, and we’ve a pair of tickets to give away.
He’ll be joined by members of No Spill Blood, Sea Dog, Wizards of Firetop Mountain, Boys of Summer, Cian Nugent & The Cosmos and Ten Past Seven on the night for the full MAN FOREVER Experience.
You can stream the most recent Man Forever album ‘Pansophical Cataract’ over at Thrill Jockey.
MAN FOREVER (USA, THRILL JOCKEY) John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida. Man Forever, his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance, was created to overwhelm, to investigate the nuances that bloom in the midst of repetitive music, and to act as a pure sound experience.
Originally based on the idea of creating a sort of punk-infused Metal Machine Music for drums, Man Forever has evolved from a five or six full drum set ensemble to something a lot more stripped down. Based on two drummers playing single stroke rolls on a single drum and the patterns that emerge from that, Pansophical Cataract is propulsive without a pulse. Patterns evolve and burst through the static surface of the material, much of which was produced by electric instruments, though “Ur Eternity” remains mostly drums with only a few bass tracks making an appearance. The sounds created by these instruments were based on the drones that Colpitts hears when he is practicing (the not fully conscious singing or humming that arises when one practices alone), and then augmented and enhanced by the other musicians on the record. The repetitive rolls create a phasing effect, a music in and of itself, and the dynamic shifts that occur when the other instruments enter become not mere notes, but grand events.
In the live environment, these shifts and phasing effects, are amplified through sheer volume and duration. “Surface Patterns” and “Ur Eternity” are 30 and 40 minutes respectively (though have been shortened to around 18 minutes per side on record), creating an even more dramatic effect. Past performances have included Brian Chase (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs), James McNew (Yo La Tengo), Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend), Richard Hoffman (Sightings), Shahin Motia (Oneida, Ex Models), Sarah Richardson (Creeping Nobodies), Ryan Sawyer (Stars Like Fleas), Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien), Christopher Weingarten (Parts and Labor), and many others.
Pansophical Cataract can be likened to watching Niagara Falls. You can’t expect to see every drop of water that crests over the ridge, but you are overwhelmed with the shear scale of the thing, and therein lies the aspiration for this record. Dive right in.
If you’d like to grab the tickets just send an email to email@example.com with MANFOREVERTICKETSPLEASE as the subject by midnight on Tuesday 9th October.
Skinny Wolves Presents: MAN FOREVER (Kid Millions of ONEIDA / Thrill Jockey Records) Magic Pockets School Tour The Joinery, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 7:30pm, Thursday 11th October Admission €10 BYOB