Upright Man has crafted an exciting, ambitious, formidable album that immediately captivates and holds tight. The magnetic songs boast the hulking riffs and spacey twists of the eponymous “Upright Man” while the bombastic tribal beats of “Animals” and “Checked Out” throw you into a hypnotic frenzy. “Three Easy Pieces” mesmerizes with propulsive piano-driven swagger, “Agorognostic” paints a lush soundscape via sharp lyrics and vibrant instrumentation and “Designer Mind” and “Say What You Mean” offer sultry distortion-drenched stomps.
Aidan Dolan (guitar/vocals), Nick Katz (bass/vocals) and Max Yassky (drums/percussion/background vocals).
Max: Upright Man kind of came on to us. He was inside us all along and we never knew it.
Describe playing early shows and growing as a musician into where you are now?
Max: I sucked and now I think that I rock but when I listen to recent performances I think that I still suck. So I’ve gotten dumber?
Nick: This is one I don’t say enough but is undoubtedly the biggest influence on my playing: Zev Katz. Colin Moulding, John Entwhistle, Duck Dunn, Kenny Gradney, Rick Danko, Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Ray Shulman, David Hood, James Jamerson, Jerrold Jamat, Joey Spamponato, Jaco, and many many more have played a big role as well.
What is Upright Man’s song writing process like?
Max: The longest part of the process is finding a suitable sacrificial frog. Very hard. We usually just give up and play acoustic guitar on the couch until something starts to cement.
Who is your favorite comic book character?
Max: Rob or Don from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” They don’t shiv and they billy berserk. You hear that? That’s the sound of a needlessly dorky inside joke.
Nick: Captain Haddock.