Man Forever

"[Kid Millions] plays with a momentum and velocity that few can match and...a huge amount of soul." - The Quietus

“Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, [So Percussion] has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new.” – The New York Times

Man Forever is an exploratory percussion project helmed by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), one of New York’s most versitile and critically lauded collaborators and a founding member of Oneida. Since its inception in 2010, Man Forever has hosted an impressive list of guest performers, but few have been as specially qualified to perform Colpitts’ technically challenging meditative workouts as So Percussion, the United States’ premiere contemporary percussion ensemble. So Percussion has commissioned and premiered new compositions by Steve Reich and their interpretations of John Cage have revolutionized the legendary composer’s cannon. Following a collaborative performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in June of 2013, So and Colpitts entered the studio together to record Ryonen, two pieces that combine the former’s precision and ingenuity with the latter’s restless punk spirit. While previous Man Forever records were inspired by blissful, overwhelming confusion, Ryonen derives its power from its clarity and immediacy.

The two pieces on Ryonen are rhythmically seductive and instantly exciting while retaining the experimental legacy that Man Forever has cultivated over several albums and relentless touring. “The Clear Realization” is an exploration in polyrhythm performed on two drums sets, two sets of bongos (an instrument Colpitts rediscovered while performing with Yo La Tengo on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), a concert bass drum, snares, crash cymbals, and vocals. Each instrument is performing in a different time signature at the same tempo, creating a beat that is both propulsive and nonpredictive. “Ryonen” is more chaotic on the surface, but repetitions and rhythms hidden beneath the surface emerge with close listening. The drums are tuned to resonate with each other, creating a series of overtones that hover over the music and provide a baseline drone for the ensemble to harmonize with during the piece’s dramatic climax.

Colpitts continues to be one of the most in-demand drummers in New York. Throughout 2013 he toured as a member of Spiritualized, performed in duos with Greg Fox and Jim Sauter, recorded a record with Akron/Family, released an album with People of the North on Thrill Jockey, and performed with Rhys Chatham as a member of Oneida. So far in 2014 he has recorded an album with Rick Moody and is performing with William Basinski at the Ecstatic Music Festival in March. Man Forever will tour the US and Europe performing Ryonen.

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"... complex and winding, with thundering, relentless playing giving way to moments of surprising serenity." - The Boston Globe.
John made an amazing mix for Cast the Dice featuring tracks by Alice Coltrane, Krallice, Sightings, Pere Ubu, Miles Davis, and more!
Creative Loafing Atlanta interviewed Mr. Colpitts about his technique, multi-faceted projects, and his collaboration with So Percussion.
"The result is enveloping, the stereo field (the louder, the better) turning liquid as rhythms ripple across the ensemble." - Relix
A Closer Listen really digs Ryonen.
Tiny Mix Tapes premiered the video for "The Clear Realization". "the clip’s concurrent visual distortion jolts the already head-bobbing performance into an even deeper jitter zone."
Mr. Colpitts recently sat down for a nice chat with the Beginnings Podcast.
Dangerous Minds caught Man Forever on RSD, says Kid Millions has the "ability to make drum circles cool again."
WXPN / The Key recounts the folklore of Man Forever and talks about his current tour.
The Quietus loves Ryonen saying that "the tracks exude an aura of timelessness, a spiritual dimension".
Noisey premiered the video for "The Clear Realization". Step into the vibrations!
Ryonen gets a Dusted review. "transcends its complexity for absolute calm"
Listen to John talk about quitting his day job on The Rumpus Podcast.
"There’s clarity throughout, even when drums overlap and rhythms blur, as well as a precision that gives a sense of purpose to every move." - Pitchfork
Stream Man Forever's collaborative performance with William Basinski, Greg Fox, and Ryan Sawyer from the Ecstatic Music Festival on WQXR.
Man Forever had a little sit down with the folks over at Ad Hoc. They also premiered Where I'm Coming From - a short film that shows Mr. Colpitts drumming in an airplane, in a car, on a subway, and in a shipping container!
"The band brings unprecedented precision to Kid's compositions, and his layered vocals and interventionist mixing give the music added depth. The record's two pieces are fields of rhythm that seem to pull away from your reach like ea curtain blowing in a breeze, yet swing back to knock you on your ass." - Magnet
Kid Millions will be DJing every Tuesday night in April at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan.
Man Forever will release Ryonen, a collaborative album with So Percussion, in April of 2014!
Man Forever's Pansophical Cataract makes it into The Quietus's Top 50 Records of 2012 so far.
Click here to watch Man Forever's Me + You session for Viva Radio Blog.
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