music that meshes a variety of rock styles!" - Indie-Music.com
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
-Delusions of Adequacy (www.adequacy.net)
"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."-
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?"
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
Effusion 35 is Trademarked (TM)
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