Background Info for Streetlight Manifesto
Streetlight Manifesto, a Ska band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, got started in 2002. Comprised of Tomas Kalnoky (Vocals and Guitar), Matt Stewart (Trumpet and Vocals), Nadav Nirenberg (Trombone and Vocals), Jim Conti (Tenor/Alto Sax and Vocals), Mike Brown (Bari/Alto Sax and Vocals), Pete McCullough (Bass and Vocals), and Chris Thatcher (Drums), Streetlight Manifesto has released four albums:
- Everything Goes Numb (2003)
- Keasbey Nights (2006)
- Somewhere in the Between (2007)
- 99 Songs of Revolution: Vol. 1 (2010)
Ska music, when done right, is something other-worldly. More isn’t always better, but when it comes to Ska music, the more instruments the better, I say. Streetlight Manifesto knows how to make some seriously good Ska music. Their music is largely quick-tempoed, loud, and vibrant. There’s just something about a ton of instruments and people coming together to make awesome music that makes me feel all warm and squishy inside.
Do you like harmony? Streetlight Manifesto has plenty of that for your listening pleasure. Most everybody in the band plays a vocal part of the songs, either shouting or singing. And when you hear a bunch of people singing/shouting along to a song, you can’t help but join in!
Like catchy guitar riffs? Streetlight Manifesto has what you like. I dare you to find a song of theirs that, at the very least, doesn’t make you start tapping your foot. The guitars in Streetlight Manifesto’s music are tight, well constructed, and intense. Often times their guitars are distorted, which adds a vigorous Rock dimension to their Ska sound. Often times it seems Ska musicians are reluctant to add distortion to the guitars. Streetlight Manifesto doesn’t hold back and wants to rock your world.
Big fan of robust lyrics sung with a scratchy voice? (Who isn’t??) Streetlight Manifesto has that as well. The lyrics in Streetlight Manifesto’s songs are wonderfully crafted which makes this band dynamically superior to a lot of other bands. MarsBands.com suggests you check them out for yourself, in case you don’t believe us. This music makes us happy, and we bet it’ll have the same effect on you.