Hot Pink 12" Vinyl
Man On Man is a new gay lover band made up of Joey Holman and Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen, CRICKETS, Nastie Band). Their self-titled record is infused with indie-rock distortion and soaked in gay pop confidence while still maintaining the dry acerbic sense of humour they both share. Upon the release of their debut single, Daddy, their video (chock full of the pair dancing seductively in their white briefs) was removed from YouTube for violating their “sex and nudity policy.” At this moment, the band solidified their political visibility as queer artists who are not ok with being silenced or removed from history because of their age or size. Bottum told Rolling Stone, “There’s enough representation in the gay community of young, hairless pretty men." Roddy and Joey’s love for each other and their own bodies, histories, and truths are what make this project so tender and lovable.
Man On Man’s music transcends both genre or decade, creating a timeless appeal for so many kinds of listening. The varied influences and textures of the record are a meditation on the myriad of emotions of lockdown, as well as this particular moment in their own lives, collectively and independently. The shoegaze whirlpools of Stohner transition into the square wave synths of 1983 with ease, while tracks like It’s So Fun (To Be Gay) open us up to a new type of queer anthem for the 2020s.