If you’ve ever been a serious fan of Oingo Boingo, you’re probably familiar with their early days as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, when their sound was closer to a circus troupe than a new wave band. Man Man, with their unorthodox instrumentation and zany live shows, are kind of like the modern day Mystic Knights.
It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Donavon Frankenreiter is friends with Jack Johnson: They’re both surfers (Frankenreiter has surfed professionally), and both play the same style of mellow, sunburned soft-rock that makes tanned bros weepy.
In this episode of A Trolley Show, Anthony Catalano and Celeste Spina don’t overcompensate for their lack of bandmates by upping the volume (a typical trait of two-piece duos); instead they opt for Afghan Whig-like sleaze on the track “Shortbread.”
Aaron Evans is one hell of a charismatic guy. It’s not every day that someone gets grumpy trolley patrons to clap along to a hip-hop song, but Evans has the right amount of enthusiasm and earnestness to make his song irresistible.