Man Man Vocalist Dishes on Band's New Album, Side Project with Islands' Nick Thorburn

Man Man Vocalist Dishes on Band's New Album, Side Project with Islands' Nick Thorburn
Philadelphia theatre-rock weirdoes Man Man are ready to let their freak flags fly once again, and, quite frankly, that's just fantastic.

An interview at Spinner with frontman Ryan Kattner, known to the devoted as Honus Honus, reveals that the Beefheart-loving, short-short and war paint-sporting oddballs have finished recording their fourth album, tentatively titled Live Fantastic. The set is expected to be released sometime next year.

"We're done recording and sorting out artwork and deciding what makes the cut and what doesn't," Kattner tells Spinner. "I think it's really beautiful. There's some chaotic songs, there's just some downright depressing songs."

The follow-up to 2008's Rabbit Habits , Live Fantastic was recorded in Omaha, NE by celebrated Monster of Folk Mike Mogis.

As if the band's first album in three years wasn't enough to celebrate, Kattner also dished out the goods on Mister Heavenly, the previously reported supergroup of sorts featuring himself, Nick Thorburn of Islands and Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah Green. The new outfit came to light as Kattner began writing some songs during Man Man's downtime to "blow off some steam," which inspired the frontman to contact Thorburn about a collaboration.

"It actually sounds like a mash-up of our two styles," Kattner says. "For the Man Man stuff, if you like our doo-wop-y stuff, 'Doo Right' or 'Ice Dogs,' that vein. If you like what Nick does, the stripped-down pop stuff and the Unicorns stuff, it's like that."

Mister Heavenly will record their full-length debut this fall.