No Day/No Night EP
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“Incommunicado” was listed as one of the top ten singles of the year by the music editor of the Village Voice.
“Man in Gray [is] a Mission of Burma meets Sonic Youth
affair with two guitarists and a singer who is aiming to be a rock star.
Tina DaCosta… ‘was a field hockey player and she also sang
opera in high school. It was fun, but then she moved to the city and discovered
that screaming her guts out and losing her voice was a lot more fun.’
DaCosta—backed by a bevy of talented boys—does anger well
(she loves Sleater-Kinney, Le Tigre, and the Lunachicks) but she's also
good at pretty (she loves Nico). The No Day/No Night EP shifts from forceful
pop adorableness in the infectious breakup tune "Brakelights"
(complete with little yelps and a quick, charming guitar solo), to the
ominous (but finally funny) "Neighbors," in which the crescendo
is a chorus of dudes screaming "I watch them!" Best of all is
the clamorous, repetitive, Clash-like "Incommunicado," matching
"Citibeat" in its scrutiny and intensity. In this anti-war number,
DaCosta's enormous vocals grow furious, sharp, and fast. She yells "emergencies!"
as the song pushes forward chaotically; "recall the war" is
her rallying cry.
“There’s a cacophony folded neatly into each
of Man In Gray’s edgy punk songs, particularly the adept anti-war
creed ‘Incommunicado.’ The female-fronted Brooklyn five-piece
evokes Sleater-Kinney, Karen O, and a slew of new wavers, but stands firmly
on its own 10 feet.”
“Tina DaCosta’s tart and commanding vocals—comparable
to ladies fronting That Dog, Letters To Cleo, Sonic Youth, Romeo Void,
Pylon, or The Avengers, depending on her tempo, though her stage presence
might be closer to Karen O’s—give these Brooklynites a rare
everyday believability. Four boys behind her do an intricate post-punk
forward-motion-with-spaces blur. ‘Incommunicado’’s anti-war
march builds from Joy Division to ‘London Calling’ and easily
ranks among the very best local tracks; “Neighbors” roils
like The Embarrassment. Extremely promising.”
"A super charged indie rock affair from the word go.
Armed with a female lead vocalist whose raspy wails and expert phrasings
profoundly emanate the female NYC punk point of view, tracks like the
rhythmically creepy ‘Neighbors’ channel the Misfits through
the mouth of Blondie, while ‘Multiply’ sounds like the bastard
concoction between Sonic Youth and The Pretenders. Blasting out of the
gate, the driving guitars and intriguing beats define Man in Gray’s
hard yet refined style, which keeps your ears busy with flurries of dissonant
beauty throughout No Day/No Night.”
“No Day/No Night is a brisk, broiling bon mot, churning
with righteous furor and diabolical guitars. It has a froth, and that
froth is brown and scalding… If their fists were as tight as their
rock, their hands would shatter from the pressure. The six songs on No
Day/No Night evoke memories of the most halcyon moments of the exhilarating
indie-rock experiment, stringing together touchstones and influences that
should warm the cockles of even the most critical of hearts.”
"No Day/No Night is such a breath of fresh air... noisy,
fast, unapologetic and not the least bit ironic... In short, despite the
death of dance-punk, there's still great punk to dance to."
“From the flailing Thurston-isms of ‘Incommunicado’
to the Kim Deal-worthy ‘Brakelights,’ these young Brooklynites
harness a melodic urgency far more then the sum of their influences.
“Brooklyn bands keep rising! And Man In Gray has been
pounding the pavement with great responses. Their punk anthems give rise
and salute to old favorites such as Sonic Youth, The Pixies, The Avengers,
and The Clash, while drawing modern comparisons to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and
Sleater Kinney. This is their debut 6 song EP and a small treasure to
“Righteous praise is well-deserved as they jump like
frogger from swamp pod to swamp pod of indie rock and post-punk. Music
this exciting must be shared with the masses.”
“Blending NYC Garage Rock with basic early punk style,
Man in Gray is a good example of what would happen if The Pixies formed
today. Vocalist Tina DaCosta shows so much personality in the way she
presents the lyrics… None of this diva fronting a rock band stuff...
she's doing the same garage vocals the boys do, and outdoing them at it.
I highly recommend this debut EP. I fully recommend it to those looking
for something in the coming post-pop-punk fall out we all know is coming
and anyone who digs New York garage and indie.”