Effusion 35

Effusion 35

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Effusion 35 is a propulsive force of thundering drums, jagged guitars, and scorching vocals, yet at the same time humable and cuddly enough to take home and keep as a pet.

Biography

Effusion 35 is the maniacal machination of singer/songwriter Pat Manley. An original band based in the Philadelphia area, Effusion 35 melds the melodic style of classic bands like The Velvet Underground and R.E.M. with the riff-heavy hooks of Led Zeppelin and Nirvana.

Formed in 1998 as "The Rude Mechanicals" by Manley and bassist Sean Hamill, Effusion 35 was founded on the duo's shared tendencies toward aggressive rock with pop sensibilities.

"It was just one of those things," recalls Manley. "We got together one night, and our playing styles were a perfect fit."

Hamill agrees, with a shy smile and a spontaneous backflip.

The versatile Joe Napoleon, once Effusion 35's drummer, dropped his sticks and picked up his pick, becoming its second guitarist. Originally the drummer for such local favorites "October Sun," "Salmonberry," and the deeply missed "Dan, Dan, the Drywall Man," Joe's passion for the fret board now fills Effusion 35's sound with atypical lead work inspired by his avant-garde musical tastes.

"I think the differences are what make it work," opines Napoleon between sips of prune juice.

In September 2001, Pat recruited veteran drummer Randy Robbins, allowing Napoleon the move to guitar and Sean a much-needed bathroom break. Robbins, who spent much of the '90s in the ever-so-slightly-successful "Krypton Daisy," as well as later side projects, "The Deweys" and "The Antarctic Wasteland Jugband," provides the thundering backbeat for Effusion 35 while also serving as a lyricist and songwriter.

"Writing and playing music gives us a few fleeting hours of joy in our otherwise dreary, pointless lives, " Robbins adds presciently while scouring his bathtub. "Let's face it: music is the most immediate and affecting art form. I've listened to paintings, but I just don't get the same rush. Can you pass me the ammonia?"

Back from hiatus during Manley's work with fellow Philadelphia band Milton and the Devils Party, Effusion 35 have just completed their first album, Stonewind, and are setting up support dates in the area.

And what can you expect from Effusion 35? Joe offers some insight: "Our music is about mid-20s angst—too old to whine about the state of the world, but too young to buy a Corvette in an act of the classic mid-life crisis."

Or as Randy explains: "If Effusion 35 stands for anything, it's that four guys really can't make a difference."

Sean apparently agrees, following that trademark grin with another backflip.

Lyrics

Placebo

Written By: Pat Manley

Lead, limit, believe it all naïve

Run, regret, sacrifice reprieve

Through all the languid alibis

Lies in more than you realize

All forgiven then ignored

Form a habit of being unsure

Simple yet restrained, able but you still refrain

Disregard it all the same, only comprehend then

I thought it was gone but it just fell through the cracks

Hard to go on with too little truth, too many facts

Hide, implied, consciously defy

Reach desperate, nothing’s always safe

A sense of false security, a lesser known uncertainty

And you’ll gladly take the fall

Finally free though still on call

Settle for detours, buy into what you can’t afford

Just as empty as before, only comprehend then

I thought it was gone but it just fell through the cracks

Hard to go on with too little truth, too many facts

I thought it was gone, hard to go on

And never know.

Calm

Written By: Pat Manley

Fear a tempest waiting, I can still see you

It falls, clouds my vision, she’s who I ran to

Hear the air is tearing, those false fronts collide

It falls, clouds my vision, she’s who I ran to

Stay

It’s near enough now to smell the rain but be relieved

The pain’s only there when you breathe

Heat, a thundering heartbeat, a sunken sky bled dry

It falls, clouds my vision, she’s who I ran to

Stay.

Soma (It's Not Enough)

Written By: Pat Manley

Spent with recollection all my reason escapes me

And I dilute the solution with excuses drowned in time

Speechless pondering to find that everything’s been said

And in my sheltered mind resigned to no on but myself

Disturb the gods, proceed at odds with faith

Repeat mistake, learn to self medicate

Alone in trust, dull sense dispels disgust (dazed)

It’s not enough, but I’m not giving up

Can’t compete, secure in sure defeat

Restake my claim, interest you can’t sustain

Betray yourself, just leave me out of it

Do I concede?, it’s no longer guaranteed (dazed)

It’s not enough, but I’m not giving up

Can’t compete, secure in sure defeat

Needed relief from cosmic irony

But I confess, I’m not quite at my best

A little more, and apathy’s restored (dazed)

It’s not enough, but I keep fucking up

Can’t compete, secure in sure defeat

Your hands are tied, the rules just don’t apply

Sudden dive, revive anesthetized

Nothing Gets Done

Written By: Randy Robbins

You’re looking through bomb-bay doors

I’m looking out at Bombay’s poor

Two different views

Whose news you’re reading, who you’re listening to

Still, nothing ever gets done

It’s the seconds that make up the day

It’s the hours that get in the way

When we’re given the best we’ve got

And still, nothing ever gets done

I see the ship headed for pack ice

You see ocean blue and say that’s nice

Two different views

Whose clues you’re seeking, who you’re talking to

Still, nothing ever gets done

It’s the seconds that make up the day

It’s the hours that get in the way

We use the tools the best we can

And still, nothing ever gets done

Rome didn’t fall in a day

But its domes, they chipped away

When reason doesn’t make a sound

All the ceilings, they come crumbling down

It’s the seconds that make up the day

It’s the hours that get in the way

When we’re given the best we’ve got

And still, nothing gets done.

Discography

Stonewind. (LP) Released: 2008

Set List

Typical set sist is 10 to 11 songs, including one cover. Original songs usually chosen from: Placebo, Missing Time, Juxtaposition, Anhedonia, Mindfuck, Soma (It's Not Enough), Nothing Gets Done, 'Round and Back, Relative to What?, Me Again, Calm, Stonewind, Waiting.

Covers: David Bowie "Moonage Daydream", The Beatles "She Said, She Said", Led Zeppelin "Good Times, Bad Times", Pink Floyd "Have a Cigar", Stone Temple Pilots "Unglued", The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash", Nirvana "Breed", The Doors "Waiting for the Sun"