All the way from Southern Cali, comes the very good-looking and mellow MainMan band made up of Morgan Demeter (singer), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (bass), Nick Chamain (guitar), and Ryan Dean (drums). Last week they came to El Paso to play at the Lowbrow Palace as they headed their way to Float Fest, which took place yesterday.
The show itself was full of retro-funk sounds accompanied by the beautiful vocals of Morgan, whose voice is very nostalgic and very fresh at the same time.
During their set, MainMan played some of their most popular songs like “Feeling” and “WWH” as well as some of their newer material, which can only be heard at their live shows at the moment!
I had the chance to catch up with the band before the show and there we talked about the band’s origin, new material, as well as their favorite jams on the road. We were sitting in the green room at Lowbrow where the band started off by introducing themselves and I asked them how their stay in El Paso had been so far and how their stop at The Outpost had been.
Morgan quickly said that it was his first time in Texas and therefore El Paso. “So far I love it and everyone has been super friendly here and the food has been awesome.”
Ryan added that The Outpost was overall a fun experience and that “it’s awesome bands can just roll through and get a little hookup. They give you a little place where you can chill and relax.” One thing that the guys seemed excited to agree on was the fun game of giant Jenga they played.
I took that moment to ask the guys what prompted them to start a band besides a friendship and the love of music. Chris answered, “me, Morgan and Nick were in a band called “Bear on Fire” and that broke up because everyone kind of wanted to do their own thing. We still wanted to make music so we had our buddy, Mike, come in and play drums. He was the one to name the band MainMan. Things really didn’t work for him personally and he left the band. That is when we ended up bringing in Ryan. Nick and I have known Ryan for about ten years just from the Valley and L.A. life and yeah, we asked him to come jam. Ryan just breathes music and sounded great and he even introduced us to our manager, Rachel, and things are going well. We are touring and playing festivals now.”
I then asked the band why they chose to do such a small tour and specifically the cities listed on there and Chris responded with, “the main reason we are doing this tour is that we are playing Float Fest at the end of the week on Sunday (yesterday) and you know instead of flying out there and coming back, why not get some practice we have never been on the road as a band and so we booked a route to San Marcos, Texas. We play good and long sets and the songs have been feeling more comfortable.”
Morgan quickly added, “going on tour is a good way to dial in everything we are trying to do on stage and it’s been a good learning experience as a band and as performers. Everyone has been great and has been receptive and it’s been a blast.” Nick and Ryan seemed to agree with that and mentioned that they would love to come back to El Paso to play. I am glad the band decided to make a tour out of their journey to Float Fest otherwise fans and show-goers wouldn’t have enjoyed such a good show full of great music on that hot Wednesday night.
MainMan debuted their “Mistaker” EP last year and out curiosity I asked them whether they had any new material planned for anytime soon and Nick mentioned that last Friday they released a single called, “Still Remains”. He also mentioned that they will try to put a new song out at least every couple of months. “We are releasing music that way and we might release another song late August, early September.”
Morgan added, “we have a few songs we have already written and actually play live, which is interesting. We have some songs that are really old songs and we are re-introducing them as new songs.” He mentioned that being in another band, there were a lot of songs that “never saw the light of day” and they are now finding a way to re-introduce them with MainMan.
As a traveling band at the moment, I wanted to ask them what their favorite on-the-road tunes were. The guys laughed and Chris said, “ a Howard Stern podcast every hour. Nick is obsessed with Howard Stern.” Nick smiled and said, “I do like my Howard Stern, however, it is not a podcast it’s a radio show.”
They also mentioned that they listen to a lot of new and old stuff. Chris added that they have been jamming out to the new solo album by Jim James, vocalist of My Morning Jacket, and that they all dig it. Morgan added to what Chris said and mentioned that he just checked out the new Jonathan Wilson record called “Rare Birds” and he found it “real cool”.
Soon after a moment of mentioning artists they were listening to, Ryan mentioned that they actually have a MainMan Spotify playlist called “California to Texas” where they are trying to fill it in with their favorite stuff and things they are listening to on the road.
It was such a good show and I recommend MainMan to any music lover. Please check out their music and check out their Spotify, Instagram @mainmanband, and other social media handles to keep up with them!
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