THE PRESS SAYS:
"There's a cacophony folded neatly into each of Man In Gray's edgy punk songs, particularly the adept anti-war creed 'Incommunicado.' The female-fronted Brooklyn five-piece evokes Sleater-Kinney, Karen O, and a slew of new wavers, but stands firmly on its own 10 feet." - Rosen, The Village Voice
"Man In Gray's debut EP No Day/No Night is a brisk, broiling bon mot, churning with righteous furor and diabolical guitars. It has a froth, and that froth is brown and scalding. Man In gray consists of four dudes and an opera-trained singer girl named Irenie (make that Tina), and they are quite the close-knit group of freshly soiled young urchins. If their fists were as tight as their rock, their hands would shatter from the pressure. The six songs on No Day/No Night evoke memories of the most halcyon moments of the exhilarating indie-rock experiment, stringing together touchstones and influences that should warm the cockles of even the most critical of hearts." - Garrett Martin, Delusions of Adequacy
"Man In Gray [is] a Brooklyn band that spans the space between rock and pop with grace. Tina [DaCosta], the singer, is the gem of Man In Gray, bringing all the elements together." - The New York Press
"No Day/No Night is such a breath of fresh air... noisy, fast, unapologetic and not the least bit ironic... In short, despite the death of dance-punk, there's still great punk to dance to." - Andrew Mall, SplendidMagazine.com
"Righteous praise is well-deserved as they jump like frogger from swamp pod to swamp pod of indie rock and post-punk. Music this exciting must be shared with the masses."
"Tina DaCosta's tart and commanding vocals-comparable to ladies fronting That Dog, Letters To Cleo, Sonic Youth, Romeo Void, Pylon, or The Avengers, depending on her tempo, though her stage presence might be closer to Karen O's-give these (mostly) Brooklynites a rare everyday believability. Four boys behind her do an intricate post-punk forward-motion-with-spaces blur. 'Incommunicado''s anti-war march builds from Joy Division to 'London Calling' and easily ranks among 2003's very best local tracks; "Neighbors" roils like The Embarrassment. Extremely promising."
- Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice
"Great punky influences and a knack for conveying emotions through wired guitars."
- Time Out New York
"From the flailing Thurston-isms of 'Incommunicado' to the Kim Deal-worthy 'Brakelights,' these young Brooklynites harness a melodic urgency far more then the sum of their influences. - Nick Barat, 75orless.com
"Nineties irony brought the death of punk but that doesn't mean the kids of the '00s can't try to resuscitate...One such band is Man in Gray, a downtown-based collective who met at guess which university. Influences by the canon of music found in many an alternakid's collection (Sonic Youth, Elliot Smith, The Pixies, Pavement), it's worth seeing what their noble efforts turn up." - Kim, The Village Voice
Man in Gray [is] a Mission of Burma meets Sonic Youth affair with two guitarists and a singer who is aiming to be a rock star. Twenty-two-year-old Tina DaCosta, their website says, "was a field hockey player and she also sang opera in high school. It was fun, but then she moved to the city and discovered that screaming her guts out and losing her voice was a lot more fun." DaCosta-backed by a bevy of talented boys-does anger well (she loves Sleater-Kinney, Le Tigre, and the Lunachicks) but she's also good at pretty (she loves Nico). The No Day/No Night EP shifts from forceful pop adorableness in the infectious breakup tune "Brakelights" (complete with little yelps and a quick, charming guitar solo), to the ominous (but finally funny) "Neighbors," in which the crescendo is a chorus of dudes screaming "I watch them!" Best of all is the clamorous, repetitive, Clash-like "Incommunicado," matching "Citibeat" in its scrutiny and intensity. In this anti-war number, DaCosta's enormous vocals grow furious, sharp, and fast. She yells "emergencies!" as the song pushes forward chaotically; "recall the war" is her rallying cry. -Chute, The Village Voice
THE BIO SAYS:
Man In Gray is a rock band that has been playing regularly since 2002. They formed as most of them were attending college in New York City, looking for a musical outlet that didn't involve just sitting in their rooms, playing along to their Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth albums.
Playing lots of shows in the NYC area, they've built a live show enthusiastically described as "a soundtrack to mayhem" and "your favorite rock and roll wrecking ball" that careens from carefully constructed pop harmonies to violent, sweaty rock and roll. In 2004, they released their debut studio EP , No Day/ No Night, which includes the critically acclaimed track "Incommunicado."
Some of their favorite bands are The Pixies, Mission of Burma, Sleater-Kinney, The Secret Machines, and The Thermals. When they're not playing a show or rehearsing, they can usually be found at one of their friends' gigs or at home reading a book about the inadequacies of the Whig Party prior to The Civil War. Their favorite drink is scotch.