Houston Press Interview
by Jef Withonef
30 Seconds With The Manichean
Rocks off sat down with Cory Sinclair and Justice Tirapelli-Jamail of The Manichean to find out what we could learn about our favorite local avant gardners (that we didn’t already know) in 30 seconds.
Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world?
Justice Tirapelli-Jamail: “Paranoid Android” by this band called Radiohead, because Radiohead fans are so cute when they’re upset.
RO: What is the best lyric in the world?
Cory Sinclair: “No matter what happens now you shouldn’t be afraid/ Because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen,” from Radiohead’s “Videotape.”
RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you on stage. What do you do?
JTJ: Give them cancer. Lots of cancer. The bad kind.
RO: Without worrying about time, space, or the laws of physics, what would be the greatest gig to play?
CS (Contemplative pause): TRON… We’d play TRON.
RO: What would you buy with a million dollars?
JTJ: I’d finance a cure for cancer, which I would then price at $1 but withhold from anyone who’s ever thrown a beer bottle at us.
RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?
CS: If I were dying of cancer and that was the reason I was down to my last dollar, I’d buy the cure for cancer from my best friend Justice. That or some gummybears or something.
RO: If you could canonize another musician, who would it be and of what would they be the patron saint?
Both: We would canonize Houston’s very own Tyagaraja as the patron saint of all things both “Clutch” and “Trill” alike.
RO: What will they put on the plaque beneath the giant statue future generations will erect in your honor?
Both: “THE MANICHEAN – ‘If only they had realized that TRON causes cancer.’”