The Earth is a Man
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The Earth is a Man is an instrumental rock band from Chicago, IL. Their music probably falls within the ephemeral boundaries of post rock, though in shorter forms than average, but it prominently features the guitar interplay and tapping techniques of math rock and the technicality of progressive rock.
The band lists their Chicago-based forebears Tortoise and Maps and Atlases as primary influences, and considers bands like Mogwai, Don Caballero/Battles and Neu! stylistic touchstones. Many dads, in either office or barbecue settings, have likened their music's frequent dual-guitar-lead passages to the work of the Allman Brothers. Early and prolonged immersion in the continual loops of video game composers like Nobuo Uematsu, Koji Kondo and Yasunori Mitsuda couldn't help but inform the band's melodic sensibilities. The music and philosophies of Brian Eno and Merzbow cast a wide and glorious shadow over all of the band's output (and the rest of the free world).
The band formed in 2008 when its members - Doug Kaplan, Maxwell Allison, Zach Robinson and Will Crouse - met as undergraduates at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Paul Birhanu joined the group in 2011, replacing Crouse on the drums.
Zach Robinson also performs as D/A/D - an 80's-inspired electronic project he aptly describes as "equal parts synth funk and shred metal."
Doug Kaplan releases experimental ambient music as See Land. The project focuses on tech-based droning, sampling, looping, synthesis, electroacoustic improvisation, generative pieces and whatever else he fancies.
Maxwell Allison and Doug Kaplan also collaborate with other friends to make improvised long-form drone/noise/ambient/metal music as Good Willsmith. The project features a rotating cast of Chicago-based musicians and records organic, evolving sessions of experimental music.
You can find The Earth is a Man on last.fm here:
Max - Gobblox1
Doug - TheDougKaplan
Zach - Zrobusa
Paul - paulbirhanu
and on Twitter:
Zach - www.twitter.com/80sDAD
Doug - www.twitter.com/TheDougKaplan
Max - www.twitter.com/GoodWillsmith
Paul - www.twitter.com/ahjeeze
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