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Man Bites God

by Man Bites God

Infectious melodic rock and sharp satirical lyrics make Australian band, Man Bites God, well worth inviting into your eardrums. Combining their frenetic live shows with lush studio recordings, Man Bites God are a poppy bass/guitar/drums kind of thing usin
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1. Shapeshifter
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2. Smorgasbord
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3. Spelling Bee Girl
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4. Sponsorship
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5. My Shower Curtain
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6. Justice Wears A Skirt
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7. Trailer Park
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8. Better Gnomes & Gardens
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9. Jealous
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10. Pathetique
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11. Anywhere
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Infectious melodic rock and sharp satirical lyrics make Man Bites God well worth inviting into your eardrums. Combining their frenetic live shows with lush studio recordings, Man Bites God are a poppy bass/guitar/drums kind of thing using harmonies and dark humour to have you dancing, laughing, stopping to buy a beer and have a bit of a sit down, then dancing and laughing again.

The lads were discovered playing in a tiny Melbourne Bar in 2000 and have since played sold-out shows across Australia, released a full-length album and three EPs, appeared regularly on radio and television and were once mistaken for Aerosmith by a really drunk guy.

Here are nice things others have said or written:

"Their music is a smorgasbord of styles and has lyrics that lurk in dark, satirical places... intellectually crafted songs... Man Bites God packs an irreverent punch" - The Melbourne Age

"Pub rock, bubblegum pop and sleazy pornstar funk" - InPress (Aus)

"most excellent... music and mirth" - Dr Demento (US)

"A delightful mix of hopping tunes and comedic genius" - PBS FM

"Rock with bite." - InPress (Aus)

"infectious melodies and a 60's boy-band bent..." The Adelaide Advertiser

"Man Bites God are the pinnacle of a twisted sense of humour... funny as hell" - Undercover Media

In 2004 Man Bites God toured the UK including a 23 very successful Edinburgh Fringe shows. They played sellout shows and received invitations to tour London, the UK and the US. They sold-out the entire first run of their debut CD, received great reviews and were invited to sing Down Under with Colin Hay (Men At Work) in front of a huge crowd at Late and Live. It couldn't have gone better.

Here's what the international press had to say:

"endearing and harmonious... lunatic lyrics and melodic absurdity works well and will undoubtedly give rise to other acts singing from the same hymn sheet... covering a range of styles from barbershop through rock, folk and funk, the songs would have Spinal Tap in a spin... these Melbourne lads can play with more talent than many chart toppers" - The Scotsman (UK)

"sensational... brilliant, funny songs" - FringeReport.com (UK)

"gorgeous harmonisation... boyish charm... they've got
the right mix" - 3 Weeks (UK)

Man Bites God continue to write, record, tour, eat and breathe. They are currently about to release their second studio album, and will soon be embarking on another international tour. For more info, free songs and fun go to their award winning website www.manbitesgod.com


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Gregory Mackay

Songs regarding killer bees, strap-on sex, sheet steel plating and mashed potato
The self titled album, from the band of the same name, encapsulates everything you loved and hated about spelling bees, trailer parks, showers and awkward phonecalls.

The first album from the Melbourne based Man Bites God trio, or conglomerate of artists, is a stellar moment in the display of range and musical talent. Songs regarding killer bees, strap-on sex, sheet steel plating and mashed potatoes are all highlights of this marvellously recorded stereo album.

The intelligent use of complex conceptual subject matter can be witnessed in songs such as track 5, Justice wears a skirt wherein a mild mannered accountant by day changes into the crime fighting cross dressing superhero 'Lady-Man' by night. Other challenging rubiks-cube style mystery songs are evident in the deep, dark Better Gnomes and Gardens which empowers the forlorn folklorish downtrodden Gnome to fight back against the overbearing capitalist establishement of which he is helplessly a victim. In my mind, there are just not enough songs about devilishly angry Gnomes anymore. A highlight...

In contrast, the light and toned consumer anthem Sponsership judges the mass market industrial mall complex with much ironic disdain. This song is also highlighted by the use of voice samples from the legendary Denzil Houson. Another figure of great value is ex-triffid Rob McComb, on track 9.

A valuable album - perhaps more songs about plate steel or alloy sheeting could make it better. Still, an excellent and exciting recording.

Tim Cashmere - Undercover Media, Coca-Cola Music Guide, BigPond

Man Bites God are the pinnacle of a twisted sense of humour.
Man Bites God are the pinnacle of a twisted sense of humour. A sense of humour unnoted in a bio leaning more towards lines pointing out the musicianship of the band.

Their musicianship is far from the best part of this release, despite a cacophony of instruments making appearances. Rather this album's strongpoint is of course the humour. It's funny as hell. The album opens with 'Shapeshifter', about a woman chameleon a shapeshifter if you will (who incidentally could even be a moment of abstract thought think about it!).

Sponsorship' gives much overdue shit to corporate musicians. "This song's got sponsorship, this song's got sponsorship!" before leaping into the less political 'My Shower Curtain' ("My shower curtain/thinks it's a person").

Pathetique' features actor Bob Franklin (of Bad Eggs fame) being, well, hilariously pathetique, but twisted humour peaks when 'Anywhere' is summed up with the line "She let's me put it anywhere" (a line later overshadowed in that very song, but we're a G rated website!)

Australian comedy, as most Australians would know, is very much a hit and miss situation that lately has had the misfortune to be more miss than hit. Then Man Bites God came along and hit enough to make up for everyone else. Hilarious!