It’s amazing to find indie rock bands that are confrontational; that are just as passionate about the message as they are about its presentation. In the indie rock scene, it’s sometimes easier for bands to hide behind slacker aesthetics and accept the status quo. Baltimore’s Manners Manners are not one of those bands.
Jack Pinder (vocals/guitar), Haley Sweet (drums/vocals), and Jes Welter (bass) are students of power pop. Their newest single, “Cotton,” is a visceral, powerful statement visibility and acceptance. They have created a vicious, riffy anthem on par with the huge sound of TVT era Guided by Voices. Pinder says, “It’s my response to transphobia in the gay community. It’s sort of my personal power and confidence song—telling people who would pass up trans people categorically what they’re missing out on.”
?Manners Manners’ new EP, First In Line, will be released November 27th. It was recorded with J. Robbins (the brilliant producer behind Against Me!, War On Women, Beach House, and more).
Listen to “Cotton” below.