Dr. Manhattan
Dr. Manhattan


3.5
great

Review

by natey USER (46 Reviews)
August 1st, 2008 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dr Manhattan is a florid Illinoisan post-punk quartet. This, their eleven-track debut, is a solid start for a young group.

One need only skim the album’s liner notes to recognize Dr Manhattan’s outlandish attitude. Nothing like their steely namesake, Dr Manhattan consists of keyboardist/percussionist (he basically beats on a giant floor tom) Andrew Morrison, guitarist and singer Matt Engers, drummer Nick Vombrack “our dad”, and bassist Adam Engers who provides backup vocals as well as “fur”.

After Foal’s underwhelming and overhyped debut release Antidote I became quickly disinterested in the current post-punk scene. It seems that all of the experimental/dance-punk bands I’ve listened to lately fail to really deliver long-lasting hooks or show any diversity. Either that or they crash and burn in their idiotic pretension, with cringe inducing lyrics ala Black Kids or just poor instrumentation. Welcome Dr Manhattan. As unlikely a visitor as you’ll get, they’ve garnered attention by playing Vans Warped Tour supported by Brit scenesters Bring Me The Horizon, quite possibly the oddest match ever. Dr Manhattan's live show is ridiculous and one of the funniest performances I’ve ever witnessed. Whether because of their antics or apparel, you find yourself laughing and dancing all at once. Plunging beneath a group synopsis, Dr Manhattan is one of the freshest albums I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year.

The album begins with the distorted and upbeat “Big Chomper, Big Chomper”. Reminiscent of a Forgive Durden track, it is charged yet groovy, completed by higher pitched vocals. “You Put The I In Team” is a more aggressive track which includes piano lines and vocal harmonies. “Claims Should Echo” sounds like a combination of !!! and Kiss Kiss, a group Dr. Manhattan has befriended and previously toured with. The definitive track on the album is easily “Gunpowder: A Ballet”. Engers voice shines as he sings strong melodies throughout. Morrison’s keyboard lines really compliment the track and Vombrack’s drumming is creative and tight.

Then comes “Tracey’s Buns”, an acoustic interlude of sorts. Shamelessly plain and poorly performed, it’s careless simplicity makes it a loosely accepted track. It sounds more like a homespun ballad then some pretentiously overblown acoustic moment. milkshakes are pretty ***ing tasty / but I enjoy you more / because you’re Tracey / and I love you so much sings Engers. After “Tracey’s Buns” Dr Manhattan returns to its frenzied catchiness with four strong closers. “To Feel Cozy Surrounded By Cats” is another catchy dance-punk track featuring quick high-hat work and thick synthesizers. “Minds Like Ours” has a chorus that would fit in any pop-punk song if it wasn’t surrounded by tenuous organ chords.

In conclusion, Dr Manhattan is a group brimming with fresh wit, tight both instrumentally and lyrically. Engers voice is pleasant, and the group is even better live then they are on the album. A promising rookie act, look for them to develop in the future, a bright spot on a dismal scene.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
natey
August 1st 2008


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A 3.5 bumped to a 4 because of how repeatedly listenable it is
review needs work so edits will ensue

Eliminator
August 1st 2008


2067 Comments


all we ever see of stars are their old photographs

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2008


17945 Comments


they will scream "save us," and i will look down and whisper "no"

Eliminator
August 1st 2008


2067 Comments


lissen, i see every goddamn front page inna world. i absorb information! i miss nothing.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2008


16089 Comments


I mean I loved the graphic novel but will I like the band? I don't know!

DruggieDougie
August 1st 2008


185 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I seen this band live at Warped Tour '08 (Cincinnati) and love 'em. Bought their CD on the spot. The bassist Adam Engers reminds me of a Les Claypool with his fretless bass style. He's got serious skill.

Me and my friend also hung out with them for a lil. A cool bunch.

I have to say that I liked 'em way better live than their CD. They put on a great show; runnin around the stage and what not. I swear they had to have been droppin some acid..lol.

Although I liked them better live, I am definitely gonna buy their next album. These guys are great.This Message Edited On 08.01.08

The Jungler
August 2nd 2008


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a comedian died today in new york. and no one cares. no one but me.
tried to review this a while ago. didn't work out. this album is ok.

IAmInsect
August 2nd 2008


3799 Comments


wait are you quoting whatever everyone's been quoting or did that really happen

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2008


17945 Comments


he is quoting what everyone's been quoting

watchmen!

IAmInsect
August 2nd 2008


3799 Comments


felt kinda dumb in the theater during dark knight when that trailer came on cause everyone was applauding and i was like wtf i've never heard of this

botb
August 2nd 2008


9778 Comments


my friend loves these guys so i had been thinking about checking these out. and this just makes me more interested.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2008


15743 Comments


chan's quote is the best

The Jungler
August 2nd 2008


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

chan picked the obvious one and loses points for unoriginality.This Message Edited On 08.02.08

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2008


17945 Comments


stfu i haven't read it in awhile and it was the best one i could remember

Eliminator
August 2nd 2008


2067 Comments


jungler loses points for being a FAG

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2008


17945 Comments


that is also my favorite quote from watchmen elminator

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2008


17945 Comments


"none of you understand. i'm not locked up in here with you. you're locked up in here with me.

charlesfishtitz
March 12th 2009


784 Comments


there don't seem to be so many laughs around these days

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 12th 2009


4956 Comments


prob bc the new watchmen movie was completely awful.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2009


17945 Comments


well, what do you expect? the comedian is dead



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