BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Honus Honus (of Man Man, Mister Heavenly)

Honus Honus (of Man Man, Mister Heavenly)

Pink Mexico

Tue, November 15, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Honus Honus
Honus Honus
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 "Will You" videos for the JASH channel Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, and Tim & Eric founded on YouTube). Why not right?

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.

He continues, "It's not a concept album. 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 synthpop 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?"
Pink Mexico
After playing drums for countless other bands, including Shilpa Ray and WALTZ, Robert Preston went for a change and began his solo project, Pink Mexico. After moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Preston self-released the first Pink Mexico LP, pnik mxeico, in June of 2013, attracting the attention of Austin-based record label Fleeting Youth Records, who then re-released pnik mxeico the following December.

Preston relocated to Brooklyn in the fall of 2014 to begin recording his next album while continuing other releases: a split 7" with Los Angeles-based band, SunLikeDrugs as well as a 12” vinyl pressing of pnik mxeico by Bordeaux, France based label Big Tomato Records. The underground buzz surrounding the first LP led Preston into the Burger Records family. Following countless Brooklyn shows and making the rounds at this year’s SXSW, Pink Mexico has grown as a band comprised of Grady Walker & Ian Everall.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com