The Manichean New Album Debut at The Alley Theatre
Montrose-born alternative/avant-garde/progressive rock musical group, The Manichean, intertwines electric energy, occasional spoken-word poetry, and overwhelming confidence in each given performance. The Manichean, theatrical by nature, describes their music as telling a story of death and resurrection, love and insanity. If you haven’t heard already, they have a thrilling performance to look forward to this weekend. One of the masterminds behind this innovative group- band manager, songwriter, and guitarist Justice Tirapelli-Jamail- shares their collective excitement about the upcoming performance downtown Houston this Saturday, June 16, at 11pm on the Neuhaus Stage of The Alley Theatre.
Tirapelli-Jamail couldn’t be more excited to see this performance in fruition, and considering he and the other band members have put more effort into this performance than any other, it should be a fully entertaining and stimulating presentation for all involved. Each musician involved in the show will be playing a character with characterization through lyrics rather than dialogue.
The band members are already hard at work preparing for Saturday’s show by setting the stage with a set piece measuring six feet tall and twenty feet wide, which will be lit by a beautiful light arrangement. The show itself will last about an hour with a fifteen-minute intermission, and will debut their new album, LOVERS, in its entirety, to be officially released on the first of September. Asli Omar of The Tontons and Tyagaraja will also appear at The Alley Theatre as guest singers, and Two Star Symphony will perform before the show and during intermission in the lobby.
General Admission tickets can be purchased for $10, or for $25 you can purchase a General Admission ticket that includes a free 7” vinyl of their new single, “The Swan,” off of the new LOVERS album. The $25 ticket also grants admission to the after party on the fourth floor of the Alley theatre, which will have a cash bar and open terrace.
Tirapelli-Jamail says the opportunity to perform at The Alley Theatre is a dream come true, and that it will not be used as a push towards rock opera, but as a stepping-stone to get The Manichean to the next level (whatever that may be) and to see the full extent of their capabilities.
by Erin Dyer