Pretty Riot Interview
Summer Fest Band Series: Interview with The Manichean
Please explain the name The Manichean and why you chose that to be the name of your band.
Cory: To be quite literal, Manichaeism is an extinct gnostic religion which deals with the duality of the human spirit and was very popular about a thousand years ago. The tenets of this faith expressed a distinct need to separate that in life which is evil and that which is good. Read…
Justice and I, however, are much more interested in a coalescence of the two. ‘The Manichean’ is also a primary protagonist in the storyline of our work. It may additionally be interpreted as singular or plural. I am the Manichean and Justice is the Manichean and the rest of the band is the Manichean. We are The Manichean.
There are many instruments in your band. How do you keep them sorted and more so, how do you compose with so many instruments included? Do you use a particular process?
Justice: I feel as though a lack of any sort of process more than anything else is what provides me with the space necessary for such large pieces of music. I’m usually interested in many different instruments at any given time, but to the same notion I hear each instrument separately. I’ll generally begin with a guitar part, or a bass part, or an organ part and then build from there. Once I have the foundation the other instruments just sort of chime in at their own pace. Eventually what I’m left with is a piece large enough for me to bring to Cory for us to grow with and change. The songs are never really finished though. I’m never quite happy with them. As we change and we evolve, so does the sum of each of our parts.
What is the best and worst thing about being a Houston based band?
Justice: The best thing about being a Houston based band is that as a music and arts culture we have finally begun to truly come into our own. It seems as though a renaissance has been recently sparked. Nowhere else have I found this to be more true than in Houston.
Cory: And the worst thing about being a Houston based band is that this is all something that the rest of the world has yet to realize… But perhaps that’s also the best thing.
What band (or song) are you most embarrassed to have in your music collection?
Justice: Our cover of ‘Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven’ by Love And Rockets. It’s on iTunes. Check it out… Shameful…
Who are you looking forward to watching perform at Summer Fest 2011?
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