Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Manicanparty


Brooklyn, NY based duo Manicanparty (Pat Morrissey and Jess Corazza) are sharing a unique brand of well-crafted, tasteful tribal pop. Their latest release Manicanparty EP came out on October 22nd, and in a new interview the duo spoke with AMBY about who they’ve been spinning, inspirations, and sun, beaches, and cool vibes. Check out their excellent answers here:

AMBY: Hello Manicanparty, cheers for speaking with AMBY today. What’s the band been up to lately?

Manicanparty: Hey AMBY!  I like that name.  Sounds like someones first name.  Cheers to you too!  Well we just released our debut EP and had one hell of a CD release show at Rockwood Music Hall here in NYC.  So we’ve been digesting all that.  We’ve also been in the studio a lot working on the 2nd EP actually.  I’d say its almost half-way done.  A lot of material and just playing around with “things” and trimming it down a bit.

AMBY: How would you describe one another in one word?

Manicanparty: Jess is “sassy”.  Pat is “weird”.

AMBY: Who inspires your tribal pop?

Manicanparty: We both are big fans of all types of music.  Old and new.  I don’t think anything directly inspires the sound.  It may slip in here and there subconsciously.  This is a popular question and I still don’t have a good answer really.  We knew we wanted one thing to translate with this project and that was this sense of community or in other words a tribe.  So I guess when that idea comes through in song it becomes “tribal”.  Not to get all spiritual or anything but I’d like to think we step into the studio each day with open arms and embrace anything that moves us.  So when we invoke the muse if the energy happens to be punk rock that day we just roll with it.  At the end of the day good music is good music and thats all that matters to us.  So it just so happens that this year the tribal vibe was just always in the room with us.

AMBY: The Manicanparty EP is delightful! Which songs off the EP are your favourite?

Pat: Don’t really have a favorite but if I had to give you an answer it’d probably be You Are My Soul.

Jess: You Are My Soul & It’s In Her Eyes are my two favorites.

AMBY: Is there an album in the works?

Manicanparty: Not yet.  Just another EP.  Since the first one took so long we wanted to be ready to release another full body of work shortly after the first EP.

AMBY: What inspired the colourful concept for the Monarch video?

Manicanparty: We wanted to have a video that was light and fun especially since Monarch has that vibe to it.  LA seemed like the perfect spot to shoot the video with all of its sun, beaches, and cool vibes.  We worked with an awesome group of people and would do it again.

AMBY: Does hailing from Minneapolis have an influence on your sound? And if so, how?

Manicanparty: Again, it’s really hard for me to identify if any type of music influences the sound.  I do think most music from Minneapolis is heartfelt and fairly sophisticated.  There’s also something about Minneapolis musicians that pride themselves on being original and staying true to just the music and nothing else.  So I guess that rubs off on us a bit. There’s A LOT of incredible music happening in Minneapolis.

AMBY: The band is based out of Brooklyn, so which groups or artists from there should we keep our eyes on?

Manicanparty: Big fan of Haerts, St. Lucia, and Taurus.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

Pat: Hmm.  I’ve been listening Volcano Choir’s “Repave” a shit ton this year.  Emilie Nicolas.  Super dope singer from Norway.  As usual.  And Banks from London is cool too.

Jess: I’ve also been listening to the Haim album on repeat.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Manicanparty that nobody knows yet?

Pat: I started taking dance at the age of 3.

Jess: I’m actually originally from the state of Wyoming.


Thank you Manicanparty, for giving us your answers!

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