Houston Press Reviews Live Performance
by Alexa Crenshaw
The Manichean at Walter’s
Houston’s The Manichean kept it going strong Saturday night, following a well-received show the night before in Beaumont. A locally acclaimed act, they held up with much live energy.
The album posted on their Facebook account, Sakura, seemed different than what was played live. In fact, The Manichean’s songs sounded pretty different live than what I have heard of their recorded work.
The Manichean’s stage setup was very simple, with Cory Sinclair’s theatric expressions taking up most of the stage. The lead singer jumped between the stage and his audience, singing directly to most of the crowd, and getting up close and personal with his seemingly bigger fans.
The Manichean’s music is bursting with an almost cinematic emotion, with spoken poetry craftily placed between each song.
The songs performed showcased the band members’ instrumental skills, even when guitarist Justice Tirapelli-Jamail claimed that he was going to be playing with no pedal. They also have a notably talented drummer; basically, The Manichean as a whole is a very well-orchestrated band.