Man Man’s new album, On Oni Pond, is a triumph. Fans of their Disney-soundtrack-esque bombast and tongue in cheek lyrics are no doubt be pleased. Their show this past Sunday at The Fonda attracted an unsurprisingly eclectic crowd of cross dressers, break dancers, and the typical hip and happening denizens of LA.
Setting the tone for the evening was Xenia Rubinos and her stellar drummer, Marco Bucelli. With her powerful voice that is truly out of this world, Miss Xenia wowed the crowd with her enigmatic and engaging tunes. Her first song was a greeting, with the opening rephrase of “Hello, hello, hello,” and she moved into evocative story telling with a song about Rosa who lives under a bridge and does magic tricks for money. With a thrilling blend of cabaret and experimental electro, Rubinos and Bucelli gave a performance that left a lasting impression.
After an intermission of a dude on the saxophone talking about how Breaking Bad sucks on the very night of its finale, a Man of Man Man donned the stage. The other Man was found darting in and out of the audience. Anticipations rose! The payoff, though, was unmatched, when the Man Man band band finally assembled and dove right in with the first two tracks off their new album. The adrenaline-pumping stage presence, weird costumes, and confetti throwing were only brilliant supplements to a vibrant and entertaining performance.
A standout track was “Piranhas Club.” The beat made the floor of The Fonda feel like an indie urban sock hop. It’s no doubt the fans were devoted, many were seen singing along with each song word for word, but moreover, Man Man got people to dance. The energy created in the crowd was kinetic and undeniable. Front Man Honus Honus, otherwise known as Ryan Kattner, gave such an adventurous performance that I will no doubt see this band live again.