The second album from Phoenix’s Man Hands contains all the super cool garage punk you could possibly want. Misadventures opens with the title track: a ruckus good time that set a fast pace and feisty attitude for the whole of the album. The rampage really gets underway by “Fatal Flaws”, the third track on the album. Jackie Cruz’s shout-it-out vocals connects with the inner fist pumper in all of us. Joined by Matt Spastic on drums and Jacob Howard on bass, Cruz and Marcus Berry complete the quartet with both on guitars and vocals. For all you jerks that say punk is dead, I say nay: Man Hands Lives!! The band is about to launch their “Eat, Pray, Love” tour at the end of the month starting with a Tape Release/Tour Kick-Off show on August 24th at the Lost Leaf (more info here). Spend some time with the album and, if you want to be even cooler, get your own copy on cassette tape. Both can happen here.
Michael David Little
What happens when you take the gritty energy Bryant Vazquez brings to Vagabond Gods, the passionate vocal stylings of Them Savages, and the bassist from the Christian hardcore group Redeemer? The answer is Murdoch, a Flagstaff super group full of righteous anger and wicked, driving musicality. The 100 Beers EP stands as a testament to the potent powers of alcohol and rocknroll when consumed together. “Woman King” might be my favorite song on the five track EP, touching upon a familiar theme with all the fervor Murdoch delivers every time. Spend some time with this EP before the group begins recording their follow up (and final album) in September. Who’s excited for the next release? We are. Until then, please enjoy the 100 Beers EP here, safely and responsibly.
Mike Spero might be the bassist for Authority Zero but he’s a pretty rad solo musician as well. Nomadic Romantic has a very Tempe sound: approachable, authentic, and insightful with the rough-around-the-edges kept in tact to add to the overall charm. Without the pop and flash of the catchy indie tunes the kids can’t seem to get enough of these days, Mike Spero offers an earnest, easygoing rocknroll that captivates the listener with the underlying storytelling aspect as much as the melodic jams. I was pleasantly surprised to discover Spero’s musical talents aren’t limited to the bass; he performs all the instrumentation on Nomadic Romantic. Recorded in Tempe at Bird Flu Kitchen Studios, Nomadic Romantic is a must hear for local listeners. Check out Mike Spero’s solo debut here.