Thursday, March 30, 2017

Antibalas members HERE LIES MAN -- "if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat" share new song from forthcoming debut

"It's funky, groovy, heavy, and trippy all at once, and it rules pretty hard." -- Brooklyn Vegan

Los Angeles quintet Here Lies Man share a new song from their forthcoming self-titled debut album today via The Obelisk. Hear and share the eponymous track "Here Lies Man" HERE.(Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Brooklyn Vegan previously launched the song "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," available to hear and share HERE. (Direct YouTube and Soundcloud.) And, Tiny Mix Tapes recently shared "When I Come To" HERE. (Soundcloud).

What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? In short, that’s the underlying vibe to the self-titled debut by Here Lies Man. The L.A. based quintet is founded and conceptualized by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas, bringing his erudite experience of World rhythms and music to the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock. The results are an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms, without sounding forced and trite like some sort of mash-up attempt. Here Lies Man merges and expands musical traditions organically, utilizing the talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann and former Antibalas member) and a host of skilled musicians to make Garcia’s vision a reality. 

“These repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are pretty close to heavy rock guitar riffs,” Garcia explains. “It’s based on the clave. It’s the musical algorithm that the rhythms revolve around. That’s what gives it integrity and is part of this musical conversation going on. I knew I wanted it to be psychedelic and heavy, and I wanted to be expanding on a musical tradition than pretending to be creating something new.” The recording and band came together in the somewhat spontaneous fashion for which L.A. is famous. Garcia and Mann laid down the foundations and the band quickly expanded the recording and live shows soon followed. 

And that expansion is the brilliant, hazy, psychedelic, hook-laden 8-song masterwork Here Lies Man, available on LP, CD and download on April 7th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at iTunes and

Artist: Here Lies Man
Album: Here Lies Man
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 7, 2017

01. When I Come To
02. I Stand Alone
03. Eyes of the Law
04. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
05. Letting Go
06. So Far Away
07. Belt of the Sun
08. Here Lies Man

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