"Solid, guitar-driven music that meshes a variety of rock styles!" -

  "Effusion 35 has created an album that displays their potential to be alternative rock icons...Stonewind blends sounds from the genres of alternative, punk, and rock. The drums and guitars make this worth a  listen" -   

"Fans of any and all types of guitar rock should find something in Effusion 35's music they can relate to...Together they construct compositions ranging from generic alternative rock, to a raucous punk/prog mix to energetic power/alterna-rock with energetic tempos and propulsive, precision guitar work...the musicians of Effusion 35 are quite capable as evident by the number of different styles they pull off and the tight instrumental sequences." -Delusions of Adequacy (

"Effusion 35 mixes a variety of styles; melodic 'classic' rock, with some heavy metal whining lead guitar hooks, a bit a synth, and some harmonious vocals...for harder rock aficionados, Effusion 35 does make a difference."-

 "Stonewind is a fine first effort. Let's hear more." -



Effusion 35 is the maniacal machination of singer/songwriter Pat Manley. An original band based in the Philadelphia area, Effusion melds the melodic style of classic bands like The Velvet Underground and R.E.M. with the riff-heavy hooks of Led Zeppelin and Nirvana.

Formed in 1998 as "The Rude Mechanicals" by Manley and bassist Sean Hamill, Effusion 35 was founded on the duo's shared tendencies toward aggressive rock with pop sensibilities.

"It was just one of those things," recalls Manley. "We got together one night, and our playing styles were a perfect fit."

Hamill agrees, with a shy smile and a spontaneous backflip.

The versatile Joe Napoleon, once Effusion 35's drummer, dropped his sticks and picked up his pick, becoming its second guitarist. Originally the drummer for such local favorites "October Sun," "Salmonberry," and the deeply missed "Dan, Dan, the Drywall Man," Joe's passion for the fret board now fills Effusion 35's sound with atypical lead work inspired by his avant-garde musical tastes.

"I think the differences are what make it work," opines Napoleon between sips of prune juice.

In September 2001, Pat recruited veteran drummer Randy Robbins, allowing Napoleon the move to guitar and Sean a much-needed bathroom break. Robbins, who spent much of the '90s in the ever-so-slightly-successful "Krypton Daisy," as well as later side projects, "The Deweys" and "The Antarctic Wasteland Jugband," provides the thundering backbeat for Effusion 35 while also serving as a lyricist and songwriter.

"Writing and playing music gives us a few fleeting hours of joy in our otherwise dreary, pointless lives, " Robbins adds presciently while scouring his bathtub. "Let's face it: music is the most immediate and affecting art form. I've listened to paintings, but I just don't get the same rush. Can you pass me the ammonia?"

Back from hiatus during Manley's work with fellow Philadelphia band Milton and the Devils Party, Effusion 35 completed their first full length album, Stonewind, in 2008, and more recently a follow-up EP, Come Closer. In 2010 Effusion 35 provided the soundtrack to the successful documentary Bazaar of All Nations. In 2014, the band released the EP, Borrowed Time, Reluctant Rhymes. Shortly thereafter, Jim Napoleon and Kevin Manley joined the band, both offering contributions on bass and drums.

And what can you expect from Effusion 35? Joe offers some insight: "Our music is about mid-20s angst—too old to whine about the state of the world, but too young to buy a Corvette in an act of the classic mid-life crisis."

Or as Randy explains: "If Effusion 35 stands for anything, it's that four guys really can't make a difference."

Sean apparently agrees, following that trademark grin with another backflip.

Effusion 35 is Trademarked (TM) as a worldwide performing artist. Photos contained on this site are courtesy of Cynthia Wilson Dave Montalvo, and William Courtney. Site designed by Pat Manley. Any questions/comments can be directed to



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