ARTIST: Conservative Man
TITLE: Mirabel and the Hikikomori
BITRATE: 224kbps avg
PLAYTIME: 1h 00m total
RELEASE DATE: 2008-00-00
RIP DATE: 2008-07-23
1. Room Call 4:36
2. Mayday 4:32
3. A Place Unknown 3:24
4. I, Hikikomori 4:22
5. Casualties to Count 4:20
6. Letter to Mirabel 4:10
7. Afterthought 4:00
8. We Want a Reception 3:41
9. Backseat of an Empty Bus 5:59
10. Radio Montreal 3:36
11. Up the Coast 3:24
12. Everything Breaks 4:59
13. Joshi is a Buddhist 4:40
14. Morning Sickness 4:45
On record: an indie/shoegaze/power pop band, with inflections of downtempo,
electronica, synth pop, new wave, britpop, and psychedelia.
Drawing a vocal influence heavily from The Beatles, David Bowie, and the 80's
new wavers, and juxtaposing it with the harmonic ideas and atmospherics of more
modern acts, such as Doves, Interpol, Radiohead, and Beck.
Live: everything gets thrown out the window, what's left is raw energy.
And now kids, story time-
On the one hand:
Conservative Man is Ian McCarthy, a one-man recording artist, based in New
Hampshire. The original work began in a basement bedroom in Philadelphia, born
of a frustration with music education. With borrowed gear, and a microphone from
RadioShack, the demos "Where Have I Gone?" "The Karma Series" and "Vendetta"
were made, and passed around to friends.
Relocating to native New England in 2005, a much needed studio upgrade was built
in the mountains of western N.H., known as Outpost North- where I lived in near
seclusion for 2 years, writing the first Conservative Man LP, "Communique." A
light, poorly produced acoustic pop fluff record with a limited online release,
it garnered little to no attention, with the exception of the track "Turn,"
which earned a slot in the top 10 songs of the "Last Band Standing" contest of
the Boston Phoenix and WFNX.
More frustration ensued. This time, the self kind. "Communique" was a bastard. A
long, hard look in the mirror.
Writing began in earnest again in the winter of 2006/2007 on the follow up, the
oft mispronounced "Mirabel and the Hikikomori." This was an album of romance,
vengeance, loss, and self-honesty. (finally!) I call it "the dream with teeth."
2008, it sees its due release. I'd like to think of it as the first "official"
Conservative Man record. This is the album where the sound of Conservative Man
starts, and it is also where the identity of said band splits:
On the other hand:
Conservative Man is a four piece band, with it's members culled from the days in
Philadelphia. These are some of the best musicians that I know, have played
with, and that I could trust to do the job right:
Vahe Sarkissian, of the Philadelphia based trio T.S.U on guitar.
Darren Hyest, a keyboardist/synthesist (who gives up and goes back to Ohio
constantly) from the experimental improv funk/jazz influenced Darren Hyest
Justin Freeland-Sokol, a freelance drummer hailing from Kansas City, can be
found anywhere from Chris' Jazz Cafe, to producing hip-hop in Kensington.
keeping the band a "New England Product" is frontman Ian McCarthy, on bass and
Due to distance, this band rarely rehearses. Which guarantees the band is not
bored on stage- this is a high-energy live act. A little loose around the
edges... yes, but capable of throwing a sonic wall of knives, right at you.
Another side effect of this distance is the number of shows per year. You will
not see this band every week, in the same club, over and over. Maybe you'll miss
us? Maybe you'll be excited when we do play again? Who knows....
Yes, this is a new band. No, you shouldn't feel bad for not having heard of us-
because chances are, we haven't heard of you either. We are approachable, so
come, and play nice.
(Conservative Man can be found at Basecom, located in Nashua N.H, working on the
next record, entitled "The Lost Art.")