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Manny & The Gringoderos

Denton, Texas, United States | SELF

Denton, Texas, United States | SELF
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"Manny Trevin - broken"

Manny is someone I first got to know through April Samuels as she was the drummer for the band Aschere, and Manny the singer. It was easy to note his melodic tone and back to the basics approach to writing music. Clarity of vocals has been one of my own areas to pay attention to because I happen to be one of those who tends to be anal about sound quality making or breaking an entire bands efforts. The mix on "broken" is professional and the music on the cd is one you’ll find yourself singing along to as you keep hitting rewind to listen to that last song again.

There are a lot of "repeats" you're going to go through when you first listen to this cd, as quite a few songs will just make you want to hear it again before you're even through listening for the first time. In a world that seems to have been taken over by screaming and inaudible lyrics done for effect, this breath of fresh air is a welcome change and a reminder of how much fun good music can be.

"Hello, again. Tell me what you’re thinking. Tell me what’s on your mind, tonight."

Surrounding himself with talent, Manny has gone off on his own but still has familiar names helping on this effort such as Andy Timmons on acoustic and electric guitars, John Adams on bass, Sean McCurley on drums, Johnny Marshall on piano, B3 and synthesizers, Amin Emam on synthasizers, and Annagrey Labasse and Trish Trevino on backup vocals.

"Beautiful Baby" is a carry over from previous days but likely one you may have heard previously if you've followed him over the years and one of the better tracks on the cd.

"Love Again" is a trip back to 70s pop in style with some influences from the 80's tossed in to keep the listener on their toes and is also one you can find yourself listening to time and time again as you work your way through one of the better indie cd’s in the metroplex today.

"Take me down, control my soul, bring me out into the cold"

Just when you think you've caught the goove of what Manny Trevin has to offer, he throws you a curve and around 2am coming home from Nites Halloween party. I put "broken" in again and resisted my urge to keep repeating the music and I let it run through and in doing so I found perhaps my favorite song on this cd – "So Cold." Changing it up a bit to lose some of the pop and put on an edge, "So Cold" will envelope you in the style change and even then offer some advanced mixing before you’re through being taken in by this song. I’ll be adding this to our rotation (and well, several of these songs) soon.

As the ride comes to an end and you see the finish looking a lot like the start with "Sids Song," Manny sneaks in "So It Seems," where he finds a way to yet again depart from the typical sound you’ve come to know and writes a song that will likely be the personal favorite for many people from "broken" – well, if you’ve been able to get this far without wearing out the back button on your cd player.

"Don’t look too deeply, you’ll see the real me."

While I can sit around and continue the accolades for "broken," I’m more anxious to see what Manny does next and how he uses this solid base to continue to grow as a musician and songwriter, and what he’ll do next. In all I do give "broken" my full recommendation for your local indie collection, but I’ve also taken note of the potential and hope Manny surpasses even my own expectations for his next release. The line forms to the left. In the meantime check out www.mannytrevin.com and order "broken" and bookmark the site, find out where he’s playing so you can see him live as well, and let’s see what Manny has to offer us for the future.

Iceberg
- Renegade Radio - Iceberg


"Manny Trevin - broken"

Manny is someone I first got to know through April Samuels as she was the drummer for the band Aschere, and Manny the singer. It was easy to note his melodic tone and back to the basics approach to writing music. Clarity of vocals has been one of my own areas to pay attention to because I happen to be one of those who tends to be anal about sound quality making or breaking an entire bands efforts. The mix on "broken" is professional and the music on the cd is one you’ll find yourself singing along to as you keep hitting rewind to listen to that last song again.

There are a lot of "repeats" you're going to go through when you first listen to this cd, as quite a few songs will just make you want to hear it again before you're even through listening for the first time. In a world that seems to have been taken over by screaming and inaudible lyrics done for effect, this breath of fresh air is a welcome change and a reminder of how much fun good music can be.

"Hello, again. Tell me what you’re thinking. Tell me what’s on your mind, tonight."

Surrounding himself with talent, Manny has gone off on his own but still has familiar names helping on this effort such as Andy Timmons on acoustic and electric guitars, John Adams on bass, Sean McCurley on drums, Johnny Marshall on piano, B3 and synthesizers, Amin Emam on synthasizers, and Annagrey Labasse and Trish Trevino on backup vocals.

"Beautiful Baby" is a carry over from previous days but likely one you may have heard previously if you've followed him over the years and one of the better tracks on the cd.

"Love Again" is a trip back to 70s pop in style with some influences from the 80's tossed in to keep the listener on their toes and is also one you can find yourself listening to time and time again as you work your way through one of the better indie cd’s in the metroplex today.

"Take me down, control my soul, bring me out into the cold"

Just when you think you've caught the goove of what Manny Trevin has to offer, he throws you a curve and around 2am coming home from Nites Halloween party. I put "broken" in again and resisted my urge to keep repeating the music and I let it run through and in doing so I found perhaps my favorite song on this cd – "So Cold." Changing it up a bit to lose some of the pop and put on an edge, "So Cold" will envelope you in the style change and even then offer some advanced mixing before you’re through being taken in by this song. I’ll be adding this to our rotation (and well, several of these songs) soon.

As the ride comes to an end and you see the finish looking a lot like the start with "Sids Song," Manny sneaks in "So It Seems," where he finds a way to yet again depart from the typical sound you’ve come to know and writes a song that will likely be the personal favorite for many people from "broken" – well, if you’ve been able to get this far without wearing out the back button on your cd player.

"Don’t look too deeply, you’ll see the real me."

While I can sit around and continue the accolades for "broken," I’m more anxious to see what Manny does next and how he uses this solid base to continue to grow as a musician and songwriter, and what he’ll do next. In all I do give "broken" my full recommendation for your local indie collection, but I’ve also taken note of the potential and hope Manny surpasses even my own expectations for his next release. The line forms to the left. In the meantime check out www.mannytrevin.com and order "broken" and bookmark the site, find out where he’s playing so you can see him live as well, and let’s see what Manny has to offer us for the future.

Iceberg
- Renegade Radio - Iceberg


"The Celebrity Cafe Review"

Manny Trevin - Broken
- “Broken” by Manny Trevin has inklings of rock, pop and a smidgen of soul mixed in for good measure. His expressive vocals will stroke listeners. Many of the tracks talk about the utter love Trevin feels, while other songs are feel good ones that are impossible not to blast at high volumes and sing right along with.

“Sid’s Song” begins the album, and its percussion and guitar work fuse together to form a meditative pace. This song seems to be a ballad Trevin is singing to his baby, imploring her to share all the secrets of herself with him. “Hold me close inside. Don’t leave me out. I need you now and tell me all of the things you kept behind your pretty smile. Cuz I believe you are here for me to love. If you need me I will be here for you to love.”

On “Hello Again” there is an intense guitar build-up, but the rhythm has nuances of John Mayer’s “No Such Thing” with its metrical beat. Trevin beseeches his sweetie to reveal her innermost thoughts to him. “Hello again, tell me what you’re thinkin’. Tell me what’s on your mind tonight. I feel me falling over circles. Falling into your arms tonight.” Trevin’s voice sounds far-off, which could be courtesy of a synthesizer. It seems he is literally begging this woman to disclose her most private feelings to him, and he does it with a sweet and innocent touch that listeners will find difficult to ignore.

“Beautiful Baby” has a pop-like rhythm to it complete with traditional guitar and drum play. It has a slow pace as Trevin croons about being agreeable to altering himself to make a particular girl happy with lyrics like, “So many things runnin’ around inside my mind…To black and white. So help me see the way that you want me to be. I’ll change anything you want in me. All for you.” Listeners can hear the need in his voice to pacify this woman and make her love him no matter what turnarounds he has to make to his appearance or personality.

“Broken” is an appropriate title for an album that has many tracks talking about how wrecked Trevin feels at losing what he thought was a perfect love. But is has other songs that have optimistic and catchy flows that are ideal for listeners to crank up on their next road trip as they ride into the sunset to parts unknown.

Reviewer: Sari N. Kent

Reviewer's Rating: 9.5 - The Celebrity Cafe


"The Celebrity Cafe Review"

Manny Trevin - Broken
- “Broken” by Manny Trevin has inklings of rock, pop and a smidgen of soul mixed in for good measure. His expressive vocals will stroke listeners. Many of the tracks talk about the utter love Trevin feels, while other songs are feel good ones that are impossible not to blast at high volumes and sing right along with.

“Sid’s Song” begins the album, and its percussion and guitar work fuse together to form a meditative pace. This song seems to be a ballad Trevin is singing to his baby, imploring her to share all the secrets of herself with him. “Hold me close inside. Don’t leave me out. I need you now and tell me all of the things you kept behind your pretty smile. Cuz I believe you are here for me to love. If you need me I will be here for you to love.”

On “Hello Again” there is an intense guitar build-up, but the rhythm has nuances of John Mayer’s “No Such Thing” with its metrical beat. Trevin beseeches his sweetie to reveal her innermost thoughts to him. “Hello again, tell me what you’re thinkin’. Tell me what’s on your mind tonight. I feel me falling over circles. Falling into your arms tonight.” Trevin’s voice sounds far-off, which could be courtesy of a synthesizer. It seems he is literally begging this woman to disclose her most private feelings to him, and he does it with a sweet and innocent touch that listeners will find difficult to ignore.

“Beautiful Baby” has a pop-like rhythm to it complete with traditional guitar and drum play. It has a slow pace as Trevin croons about being agreeable to altering himself to make a particular girl happy with lyrics like, “So many things runnin’ around inside my mind…To black and white. So help me see the way that you want me to be. I’ll change anything you want in me. All for you.” Listeners can hear the need in his voice to pacify this woman and make her love him no matter what turnarounds he has to make to his appearance or personality.

“Broken” is an appropriate title for an album that has many tracks talking about how wrecked Trevin feels at losing what he thought was a perfect love. But is has other songs that have optimistic and catchy flows that are ideal for listeners to crank up on their next road trip as they ride into the sunset to parts unknown.

Reviewer: Sari N. Kent

Reviewer's Rating: 9.5 - The Celebrity Cafe


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Manny released his debut self-produced EP under the band name, Aschere, in 2006 and followed it in 2008 with his first full length CD, broken. Manny & the Grigoderos have toured across Mid America and the West Coast and shared the stage with acts such as Jack Ingram, Craig Morgan, Stoney LaRue, Kevin Fowler, Brandon Rhyder, Casey Donahew Band and Roger Creager. After several years of songwriting, his latest work with the Gringoderos is set to be his brightest yet. Manny graduated from The University of North Texas where he played football and was the smallest person on the team.