This question is tantalizingly posed on Here Lies Man’s bio page and gloriously put into action in their fuzzed out afrorock compositions! Here Lies Man are an L.A-based quintet founded and conceptualised by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas (which is evident in this sound if you are already familiar with Antibalas?..if not, check them out on my page here)
Incorporating his wealth of experience in West African rhythms and music, Marcos Garcia masterfully fuses this together with the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock and what you get is an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms! Incorporating the rhythmic talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann) together with a host of skilled musicians, Garcia’s vision has become a working and evolving reality! This sound is exciting and intriguing and its construction has been carefully detailed by Garcia who explains, “The repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are very close to heavy rock guitar riffs. This music is based on the clave. It’s the musical algorithm that the rhythms revolve around. It’s what gives it integrity and provides the basis for the musical conversation that’s happening. I knew I wanted it to be psychedelic and heavy, and I wanted to be expanding on a musical tradition rather than pretending to be creating something new.”
Here Lies Man’s self-titled debut album was released in April last year via RidingEasy Records and even though I’ve only just discovered this and given a brief listen I’m liking this a whole lot already! So Far Away was the first Here Lies Man track that I heard and the song that drew me in with hypnotic beat and cosmic sonic melody..if music was a drug, this track would pack an intoxicating hit! Listen above and check out/purchase the rest of the album here.
Here Lies Man are touring the UK this Spring! Check out dates here.