JON MANNERS | Short Circuit

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Short Circuit


Short Circuit showcases Jon jumping on his acoustic guitar saddled with a magnetic pickup, fed through tubes, distortion, JangleBox compression, Lex 'verb, and riding it like a wild little animal, bringing forth something distinct, alive and original.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Dotted Line
3:50 $0.85
2. The Dark Side
3:40 $0.85
3. Pay With Your Heart
3:05 $0.85
4. These 4 Words
4:44 $0.85
5. A Willin' Fool
4:09 $0.85
6. Touching Tongues
4:47 $0.85
7. Yellow Moon
3:44 $0.85
8. Down Below
4:32 $0.85
9. Rocks & Salt
4:29 $0.85
10. What's the Problem?
3:46 $0.85
11. Poor Rich
3:31 $0.85
12. Short Circuit
4:41 $0.85
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Album Notes
A departure from the acoustic format of "Frankie Said", "Short Circuit" is electrified and features acoustic guitar fed through a multitude of processors and tubes emerging as something wholly different, wild and alive.

Says Manners: "It's so 3-D! It's exciting, 'cause you're on the edge. You feel that body pump, the strings have life, they absolutely hum with vibration, the guitar, like a little animal got teeth, watch out! thing can bite! and you're gonna ride it."

Short Circuit features 12 new post-modern roots-rock songs dug from the Elvis Costello meets John Hiatt meets Tom Waits vein.

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Don Jacobson

Hard-bitten poetry of flying fists and tortured love affairs.
Manners plays a kind of spooky blues rock with growled vocals and lyrics that talk of heavy drinking, tortured love affairs, flying fists and extreme poverty. Manners doesn't sing so much as spit out hard-bitten poetry that brings to mind Tom Waits or the fiction of Charles Bukowski, full of images about bar fights over women, working low-paying jobs and packing up and hitting the road.
What stands out mostly is his guitar work. Manners uses many different kinds of guitar sounds, including acoustic and electric guitars fed through processors with the distortion turned up. His songs are mostly spare, minor-key mood pieces dotted with extravagent, Eric Clapton-style blues guitar solos laid down over a bed of three-chord, mid-tempo rhythms. He compares himself to John Hiatt, which is probably pretty accurate.