Do you miss the Pixies?

Yeah, me too. That’s why I really dig Manhattan Murder Mystery.

That’s not to diminish them by calling them another Pixies knockoff. No, they are their own thing entirely; merely reminding me of the perfect storm of raw, emotional music, vocals and lyrics the Pixies left behind long ago in favor of quick cash-in tours.

Manhattan Murder Mystery’s powerful post-punk anthems are as infectious as they are smart. Singer Matt Teardrops is the gut wrenching, gravelly voice of the frustrated every-artist, bellowing out references to everything from Pablo Neruda to James Joyce. You can almost imagine that if Lewis Black were to start a band, it might sound something like this.

I hear their live shows are something to behold, releasing an energy that can’t quite be contained in the studio. So be sure to check ‘em out if they’re playing near you. I know I’m definitely planning on it.

Here’s what singer Matt Teardrop had to say about their namesake, their venue of choice and their brilliant plans for world domination:

GORILLACOUSTIC: What should the world know about Manhattan Murder Mystery?

MATT TEARDROP: That we are awesome.

GA: Gorillacoustic’s favorite Woody Allin film is “Bananas” for obvious reasons. What is the band’s favorite?

MT: Well, they’re all pretty awesome (with the possible exception of “Curse of the Jade Scorpion”) but a few favorites are “Love and Death”, “Everyone Says I Love You”, “Sweet and Lowdown” and of course “Manhattan Murder Mystery”

GA: If you had to go with a Woody Allen inspired name other than “Manhattan Murder Mystery, which one would you choose (besides “Bananas”. That one’s ours)?

MT: I think we’d either go with “Small Time Crooks” or “Husbands and Wives”. And maybe go with “Wild Man Blues” for the album title.

GA: Judging by the song “Ulysses” I’m guessing you’re fans of great classic literature. What are some of your favorite authors and what is the one book you think everyone should have to read?

MT: Some of my personal favorite authors are John Fante, Truman Capote and Bukowski. Also, I like books about pro wrestling. I think my favorite book I randomly found at the grocery store for 9 cents is “Soul On Ice” by Eldridge Cleaver. It’s a life-changer.

GA: Why did you choose to perform in the Subway?

MT: Because we had a train to catch.

GA: If you could choose anywhere in the world to play, where would it be?

MT: I think we’re just happy to play anywhere that will take us. Playing in some other countries would be nice. Playing on the moon would be nice except I think the acoustics are kind of bad.

GA: If you were to hatch an evil scheme to take over the world, what would it entail?

MT: Step 1: Make a Gorillcoustic Video.
Step 2: Build some kind of giant laser.

Sounds like the perfect plan to me.

Go and buy Manhattan Murder Mystery’s latest EP “Skull” right HERE.

STANDOUT TRACKS: “Ulysses”, “Your Mother’s Neck”