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Albuquerque, NM | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Albuquerque, NM | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Rock Alternative




"'s Editor's Choice 2017"

At the moment, we're sticking with releasing singles because it's more affordable since we're doing this whole thing by ourselves. We're coming up with ideas, doing research and putting a lot of songs out there so there is something for people to listen to. Our stuff is everywhere online on things like iTUNES and SPOTIFY. We're doing that to keep fresh music rolling out. We've got a third single coming out soon but it's still in the mixing process. Before we went on tour we recorded two more songs. I think touring has helped in solidifying our music. There is no way that you can't get better playing five shows in a week. I'm happier with the reaction than I thought I could've been. I was worried because of my old band that people would expect that kind of thins. I'm proud of what I did with THROW THE TEMPLE but I'm happy because people have taken to MANHIGH as well. One of the things we heard on tour was "We had a band from New Mexico play here once an they were terrible." When people heard thirty seconds of our first song we could see them going "Oh shit! This is great!" People were excited to hear that we were from Albuquerque. No one knows that much about music in Albuquerque. Getting that reaction was really amazing. It let us know that we were onthe right path."

"Manhigh's "Antarctica""

The 2nd single from Gabe, Gabbi, and Ray from Manhigh. They just keep getting better, and I can’t wait until they FINALLY get to the East Coast to tour! - Jealous Sounds

"Gabriel Gambino talks to Rockwired about his new band Manhigh"

I got GABRIEL GAMBINO going in a recent phone conversation when I described the sound of his new band MANHIGH as QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE on peyote. The man knows me well enough to know that such a comparison from me comes from the heart. For the past seven years, I've come to know GAMBINO as the front man of the alt-rock band THROW THE TEMPLE and have seen the band's evolution from demo makers into a serious touring band (one of the few out of Albuquerque these days) with an LP (ANYWAY BUT DOWN from 2015) that had the potential to go the distance. This was a band that seemed determined to break out of the Duke City and make a dent in the world of active rock sharing the touring stage with bands like ACIDIC. Mysteriously, the band ceased operations and despite my prying GAMBINO has been tight-lipped as to the reasons for the demise. But why dwell on the past when his new band MANHIGH is making more engaging music? Sure, THROW THE TEMPLE has some active rock smarts that could've earned the guys airplay in whatever active rock market is left in this country, but the music of MANHIGH takes GAMBINO's ingrained rock sensibility all the way to the edge with band's promising singles - the haunting LOVE LETTERS FROM SPACE which combines the SPACE ODDITY narrative with RADIOHEAD's PABLO HONEY-era angst is one hell of an introduction. On the heels of LOVE LETTERS... is the thundering menace of ANTARCTICA. Things are progressing at a brisk pace for the new band. Aside from releasing two singles, the three piece band has just completed a 22-date tour of the West Coast with the Brazilian band SPACE TIME RIPPLE. Our bets were high that THROW THE TEMPLE was going to make folks realize that there is music coming out of Albuquerque. But with MANHIGH we are confident that the band's artistry and drive is going to put Albuquerque on the map and make it famous for something other than TV shows about a meth making operation and a likeable scumbag lawyer. - ROCKWiRED.COM

"Manhigh's "Sink into You""

One of our fave bands here at Jealous Sounds, Manhigh is a band first and foremost, about love. Gabe and Gabrielle Gambino’s marriage is at the center of this band, so getting a hella love song from them shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s glorious, and here it is. - Jealous Sounds

"Rockwired Magazine's Rock Show"

We at ROCKWIRED are often guilty of never looking at what is going on inour own backyard. By backyard, I mean Albuquerque, New Mexico. A couple of years back ROCKWIRED got to know the band THROW THE TEMPLE and their front man GABRIEL GAMBINO. Now GAMBINO seeks to make an impression with his new project MANHIGH and the single LETTERS FROM SPACE sounds like it needs to be in a shuffle with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and MARS VOLTA. - ROCKWiRED Magazine

"Such Great Gigs"

Dearest Show Up! readers: If you would like to kindly rock the fuck out this weekend, please hold it all in until Sunday night and then freak out in a Moonage Daydream on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Moonlight Lounge (120 Central Ave. SW). That’s when for realz punk rockers Jason Paul and the Know It Alls crash land in our town to perform arcane sonic rituals designed to turn your brain into a type of quantuum goo that can defy space and time. Fronted by a dude that actually gets to hang out with Mike Watt in beautiful San Pedro, Calif., this acclaimed yet seriously thrashed out ensemble will be joined in their cacophonous endeavors by some real local heros. I don’t know much about openers Fad Vandals and Arcade Rivals—unless they ring me back before press time and the clocks ticking, dudes—but that’s okay because I can tell you plenty about Manhigh. That’s the name of a new outfit that includes Ray Gutierrez. You remember him don’t you? He and his peers were pretty much responsible for invigorating Burque’s punk scene in the early ’90s with a thing called Resin Records. Gutierrez was in one of the label’s star vehicles, a heady, sludgy, deliriously intense ensemble known as allucaneat. Now he’s back and jamming with Gabriel Gambino on vocals and guitar and Gambino’s wife Gabrielle on bass. They totally rock! Of course, Ray is still blowing things up with his drum sticks and Gambino’s guitar playing is explosively tight and tasty. And you can go boom too, faithful Alibi reader, but you have to get thee to this gig first. Keep that in mind before you get torched on Saturday night at the Doctor Jeep show. 8pm • $5 • 21+ - Weekly Alibi

"Show Up!"

If you dig rocanrol of two varieties—local and fucking excellent—then combine these two kind flavas together for me home-piece—by going to the concert at Launchpad (618 Central Ave. SW) on Wednesday, Dec. 5. This show will feature some of the best in local rockers playing their hearts out for you. The bands on this mad midweek program include the illustrious Manhigh, featuring the amazingly musical Gambino family and former allucaneat drummer and all around badass Ray Gutierrez! Five Mile Float—another band that I have often demanded listeners get the hell out of the house to listen to live—are also on a bill that includes rock scene newbies Slow Caves, St. Petersburg and Moth Wings. What are you waiting for? Get thee out now before it really gets cold around Christmas! 9pm • $5 • 21+. - Weekly Alibi

"They’re Manhigh"

I really wanted to write something very cool for this episode of Weekly Alibi presents interviews with real live rockers. And it gets to happen in the midst of a glorious print edition that also includes killer summer film previews as well as feature on burgers that will have you praying to the grill in your backyard as it if really is G_d. What fun!
manhigh gave me that opportunity. They came out of the depths of space and time to rock out for you, Burque.
And that’s no surprise, really, when you consider who’s involved. Guitarist Gabriel Gambino, his wife and bass player Gabrielle and drummer/provocateur Ray Gutierrez have it going on. They’re charismatic, just a tad aloof and generally possessed of the purest rocanrol energy possible—to the extent that it seems to float all around them, all sparkly and precisely relevant as they wander through the world on tour, making music and raising hell with gloriously gritty yet delicately tender tuneage.
Gutierrez, you might recall, has deep roots in the scene around these parts. An OG member of the notorious yet brightly legendary Resin Records coolective created by Alan Deem and Keith Herrera in the early ’90s, Ray provides a brutally booming basis for the musical machinations of the Gambinos—a pair of authentic rocanrolistas from outta el Norte in Denver—as they swoop and careen though grungy landscapes laden with the fruits of precise pop mastery.
Nowhere is that clearer than on the trio’s latest single. “Sorry Doll” has got the grit and slink of a screwed-down Rolling Stones romance gone sour fable with a catchy arpeggiated guitar lick casually yet competently thrown in for sauce. The subtle hook slips into a dreamlike reverie before resuming with the words, “You did this to yourself.” It’s a direct, almost blunt form of rocanrol, designed to batter the brain and loosen the heart muscles, on display here.
After getting a glorious load of that for a day or two, I dialed up Gabriel. He told me that the entire crew was down to chat, so I told them to come on over. We sat around Weekly Alibi HQ and talked about the thing called rocanrol and the beast known to Burqueños as manhigh. Here are some highlights of that historic summit. - Weekly Alibi


High on Spacetime (Single)
December 24, 2018

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The name manhigh is used with loving respect to Project Manhigh, the US space project that started in 1957, and is a symbol of leaving your familiar surroundings to search for new horizons, places you never imagined you could go. When drummer Ray Gutierrez referred to the old project, it seemed to make perfect sense. He and Gabriel Gambino, the singer and guitarist, had both recently left their former bands and found refuge in working together and searching for progressions that made them happy. For Gabrielle Gambino, the bassist, it meant something else entirely: learning to play an instrument. In April of 2017 she began playing the bass guitar, and in four short months, she found herself in a professional studio recording their first single and in September, was on a full west coast tour, experiencing something brand new. Manhigh means leaving your comfort zone and hopping into your mental balloon to ride into the stratosphere to discover just how far you can go

Heavy, tight, straight-to-the-point three piece rock and roll. Manhigh brings a new, but familiar brand of desert rock, mixing thunderous lows, punched up guitar, dancy beats and spacey vibes that will make you nod your head. 

In August of 2017, they introduced "Love Letters from Space", their debut single, which was recorded at award-winning Tijeras, New Mexico-based Third Eye Studios. This was their introductory effort prior to touring with Belo Horizonte, Brazil stoner rock band The Spacetime Ripples for six weeks, amassing their first 22 shows in just over a month in a tour ranging from Los Angeles to Seattle, Denver, and as far down as Houston, Texas from September 2017 to November 2017. In their first months as a band, they became no strangers to the road, regularly returning to past venues to play a set, no matter the day. 

In October 2017, the band introduced two more singles out of the same studio, "Antarctica" and "Sink into You", on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and every other major online outlet. 

In the Spring of 2018, production began of “Casa Rosa”, their upcoming EP at the world famous Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, California. The studio has hosted bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Iggy Pop. The EP is being produced by Dave Catching (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, earthlings?, Mojave Lords). 

Manhigh is making a name for themselves through a pure enjoyment of getting in front of new and familiar audiences, no matter their time slot, the size of the audience, or the genre of the artists their share the stage with. Manhigh performs their increasingly well attended shows with the guarantee of entirely honest effort and respect for the audience as they put on their best show possible each and every time.

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