Supply and the Man…Rocks!

by Isaac on 02.09.2012

I have had the pleasure of seeing Supply and the Man play on stage a few times now, and they keep getting better. Though they stand firmly in the Indie Rock genre, they set themselves apart with their eclectic hooks that borrow from influences that range from 60’s surf-pop to Grunge and a bunch of junk in between.

Supply and the Man. Unfortunately, I only had my phone camera.

Most recently, I caught up to them at The Comet Tavern, a venue that has a very split floor plan (half bar/half venue). As they proceeded to start their set, they drew people from the bar side over to the audience area like moths to a flame. If you can get people to move from sitting at a bar to standing in front of a stage on a Tuesday night, you’re doing something right.

Jason Shao

Jason Shao

Supply and the Man may not “wow” you with face-melting guitar shredding, but they have one thing many bands can only dream of. That thing is “balance.” Their ensemble is complete. The songs in their repertoire leave no more room for other instruments, and they don’t go overboard. They’re right in the sweet spot.

One thing that tends to annoy me in general, is when bands switch instruments in the middle of their set. When that happens, I just think to myself, “golly gee, I guess the drummer wanted to sing a song. This is gonna be brutal.” Supply and the Man does this instrument switching without annoyance. They have their core instruments, but when they switch it up, they don’t sacrifice quality. Each member is playing a part that is well within their ability on any given instrument, in any given song.

Jason Graber plays guitar and sings

Jason Graber

Supply’s song structure is very story-like. They tend to build tension and energy that leads to a climactic payoff that either comes in the form of a rockin’ breakdown or solo, that I felt was always deserved. Their songs go somewhere. Along the way, their original hooks add all kinds of color that keep the buildups from dragging.

I noticed at a particular part leading into one of the climaxes, that they were hitting all of their attacks in perfect time, creating a woofy effect. I likened it to the intro of “Regular John,” by Queens of the Stone Age. It had that “wub-wub-wub-wub” that comes from playing in perfect practiced time with each other.

Overall, Supply and the Man is a groovy, danceable, melodic band that plays a set with tasty variety and professional ability. I highly recommend it to anybody that likes local Indie. They haven’t uploaded many songs to cyberspace yet, because they are relatively new. Only a couple samples of their less “rock and roll” stuff is available. Unfortunately, it’s hardly a representation of what they have going for them. See them live. I will again.

Click here for bonus photos of the Comet show.

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