Manchino – Eugene, Oregon – Hard Rock
Hard working rockers looking to speed onto the scene.
We had a bouncy chat about stopping it all when the muse visits, how the end off an era of rock star Gods is pretty dead, ice cream falling on Floyds new pants and tips for keeping long hair.
Manchino from Alabama relocated to Eugene Oregon. The moved their belongings out to the Pacific Northwest 2 years ago exactly in October. They found each other in Alabama after meeting up at a Battle of the Bands. The band consists of:
Drew Rachel – Vocals
Jeff Blackmon – Drums
Kris Pourchot – Bass
Randall Broome – Guitar
This hard driving four piece who wrote “they mix together dessert rock and other cool shit.” Emerging on the Alabama music scene in 2013, they rocked smaller venues and festivals. Man they driving it hard when they perform. Check out their Youtube videos for their staggering rock star performing style.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Randall and Drew. One early fall Saturday where they promptly called me at 3 pm. Gracious and gregarious the guys bounced off each other and deferred to one another when we spoke. It was a few days after Drew’s birthday and right on the cusp of their 2 year move to Oregon. When asked about the music scene in Eugene they claimed artists are very giving toward one another. They claimed basically noncompetitive musical environment which is refreshing.
Their sound mixes elements from the 60’s, 70s and even the grunge from the 90s.
They bring different rhythms to the table. Each member of the group had different musical tastes. Randall listen to a lot of guitar driving bands and artists like Greg Allman and Jeff Beck. Drew enjoys an interesting pair of favorites such as Nirvana and Elton. They all get into the 90s grunge CCR and the Doors. But the common theme has the sounds of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Sound Garden come through loud and clear. This is a rock band through and through. If you closed your eyes, you would think you are listening to Chris Cornell’s twin. Rachel has an amazing amount of vocal range. He can handle getting to a higher octave then bring it down to a warmer baritone.
Their cover of Fairies Wears Boots resonates with bombastic truth. Rachel wails. Guitars sing. Blackmon drummer lays it down.
Listening to the singles they are dropping appealed to my love of good hard rocking back. I feel like they are bringing back rock n roll.
My first taste of Manchino was listening to their ethereal atmospheric rocking track “Beyond the Sky”. Closed my eyes to absorb the trippy opening and the languid guitar coupled with the smoky bass lines. Rachel opens up his vocal range to yowl a la Cornell. The unhurried guitar slides back in while the bass line remains consistent. First thought these dudes are reinventing rock n roll for these times.
“Artificial Love” is fraught with obvious emotion. The melody is slower and the Broome’s guitar playing appears in a stripped down mission to convey pure emotional pain. Rachel said he wrote this song about his time when things weren’t going his way. The loss of his beloved Grandfather coupled with a few other personal disappointments and was in the throes of melancholia. He wrote this song. They laid down the melodies and they decided to keep as is. Rachel sang it a few times and then they recorded the track with no manipulation or altering production. The fragility you gather from his vocal tone is relatable when someone is going through a hard time “It’s not the way it’s supposed to be/Artificial love….I told myself a reason but it was wrong/time moves on.”
My personal favorite has to be “Set The Course”. I hear some Duane and Dicky strangling guitar playing on this track. Again Rachel uses his voice to the best of his abilities. Harmonizing with the crew again gives this a Sound Garden, Audio Slave feel. “My deepest thoughts remain unspoken… Find myself on the other side of an ever changing time and when the time must come I will carry you my friend.”
Broome’s guitar solos are powerful and stellar. Purchot kicks it hard on the bass.
“Inertia” is the latest single they released on Oct 8. There is a grooving vibe to this tune. The aggressive guitar winding sounds that Broome provides makes the is a stellar song to listen to with headphones. A progression in the addition of trippy 70s styles and some chilling atmospheric rock.
When the cover songs, they bring their own style to the tune. If you want to hear their adherence to the original but the ability to make a cover their own, check out their masterful cover of Black Sabbath’s “Fairies Wear Boots”. They nailed it.
I asked about their songwriting process. Rachel is always in tune to the world around him as he seeks inspiration for his lyrics. Broome said they do send him melodies they come up with to see if that acts as an inspiration. Notebooks are Rachel’s thing. I like that Rachel does the long hand writer thing. Sometimes there is nothing better than seeing the written word penned to decipher the emotion of the minute. He lets the muse find him and will reach for whatever notebook full of lyrics is closest. “Sometimes a lyric comes to him say when you are cooking breakfast.” He doesn’t always craft a full song and when stuck he may leaf through the books to see if he can find a lyric that fits.
We chatted spoke about the end of the era of rock Gods like Jimi and Robert and Freddie who perhaps weren’t’ the type to go out and mingle with their fans. Now if a bands wants to make it the need to get their ass on social media with a Twitter handle, a Facebook account and please spam the gram. Rachel and Broome spoke of not having a manager so they are all in with booking gigs, scheduling, handling money and press. It’s quite the feat considering artists are artists and sometimes don’t have the business acumen but these guys are doing posting videos and keeping fans updated.
The conversation took an interesting route when I asked them about women musicians they admire Joan Jett, Blondie and Heart came in high on the list. Also mentioned was Amy Winehouse. Stellar choices in my opinion. Bloom spoke of running into Joan in Florida and said she is so “nice” and took a picture with him and a friend. Rock on Joan!
I forgot to ask the origin of the name and falsely assumed it was for the Italian word for masculine. the story of the name is so much better. Broome texted me “So one hot summer day 2012-2013 we were all in Birmingham. Floyd, our bassist, was wearing his new expensive chinos. We were taking a walk because he wanted to show the off. We stopped in a shop to get some ice cream cones (double scoop waffle cones) Floyd’s a ferocious licker of ice cream causing his scoop to topple over on this new pants. After which he exclaimed “Man, chinos!”
Rockers to the core and humble dudes. They have what it takes. I hope to hear they book a tour to come East soon. Right now they are focusing on songwriting and gigging and tearing it up on the Eugene scene.