Man Forever

Oneida drummer Kid Millions takes the concept of a drum circle to a far-fetched realm in his side project Man Forever. Like a smaller version of the Boredoms’ experiments, where the noise band invited nearly 100 drummers to jam in a park, Man Forever suggests more discipline, but the idea is the same. Built around six drummers (including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Brian Chase, Awesome Color's Allison Busch, Greg Fox, Ryan Sawyer, and Shahin Motia), the group started playing shows, intended for those in a stony frame of mind -- complete with projected visuals -- and released two LPs on St. Ives, Man Forever and Learned Helplessness in Rats: Rock Drummer. Eventually the project found refuge with Thrill Jockey. With leanings toward avant, post-punk, and percussive-based music, the label was the perfect fit, and in 2012, Man Forever released a sprawling two-song effort titled Pansophical Cataract. Two years later, the group collaborated with So Percussion on Ryonen, another two-song LP, and the first Man Forever release to include vocals. In 2017, Man Forever released Play What They Want, an ambitious, multifaceted full-length featuring collaborations with Yo La Tengo, Laurie Anderson, Mary Lattimore, and others. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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