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he Manix are a gruff-vocaled pop-punk band from Minneapolis, Minn., so it's probably easy to figure out their influences. While listening to Neighborhood Wildlife, you'll hear bits and pieces that will draw to mind names like Dillinger Four, Dear Landlord and Banner Pilot, the latter making sense given that the Manix feature Banner Pilot's Corey Ayd on guitar and vocals. Add in the fact that the disc was mixed and mastered by Jacques Wait (who has worked with the Soviettes, Dear Landlord and Off With Their Heads, among others), there's a bit of instant familiarity with the release.The lyrics on the disc are quite good�??they're bitter without being depressing, reflective without relying on nostalgia, and instantly relatable.

the Manix "Neighborhood wildlife" LP

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