"SICMaN is the punk rock version of the Grateful Dead" --J. Slutman, GWAR / ManIsDoomed
The name is weird. The sound is weirder. SICMAN is a power trio from southeastern VA that plays heavy mellow music for the common man. Whether you want to get pretty or have your face rocked off, these guys got you covered. With a wide range of musical roots, this stylistically schitzo trio produces a suprisingly smooth yet gritty blend of sonic textures.
For more than a decade guitarist Matt Holloman and drummer Joe Welch have been creating and compiling a large catalog of music together under the moniker SICMAN of Virginia. Born and bred in Virginia Beach, VA, they first emerged as a duo, writing and recording music for many years before adding bassist and sonic manipulator Scott Griffin to the group. This valuable addition helped them hone their live performance and forge the crushing power trio they are known as today.
"SICMaN Of Virginia - Stale As It Ever Was (Smelt Records)
SICMaN of Virginia is a three man rock band from south eastern Virginia. They've been around in one variation or another since 2002, though they were pretty much studio-bound for the first seven years of their existence, not breaking cover until 2009 for dates with several high profile indie bands, including The Whigs and Company Of Thieves. "Stale As It Ever Was" is their third album.
Though they're not painting their musical pictures using a huge palette, there are no shortage of ideas to compensate for the lack of string orchestras and horn sections. With what mostly sounds like just guitar, bass, drums and vocals they've managed to produce a distinctive collection, which doesn't quite sound like anyone else. Sure, there are influences at play, a little Sebadoh or Pavement here, some Frank Black there, but nothing that presents one of those unfortunate 'Eureka!' moments.
At just over half an hour, "Stale As It Ever Was" doesn't get stale at all. From the short a capella intro to the final track, "Don't Call" where an Everly Brothers acoustic guitar comes into contact with a song that name checks Sid and Nancy, there's always another musical surprise waiting. Inspired writing is ever-present and standout tracks soon become the norm. "Time" is lo-fi progressive, with a multitude of parts and recurring sections. Ambitious and fearless, but concise at less than four minutes. "Driving Miss Crazy" must get a mention for having the best title, but its Be Bop Deluxe inspired chords, and English glammy-style vocal keeps the repeat button busy. "Sushi" begins with a little electronica, something that sounds distinctly analogue, though guitars are soon added to the mix, and the resulting chaos is a genuine highlight - amongst many.
Rob F. -- Leicester Bang Magazine, UK"
SICMaN IN THE PRESS:
I'll be honest, when I saw this band's name I was really worried they'd be some scremo band comprised of angsty teens out of NOVA. Growing up there, this would not have been surprising at all. Well, I was surprised, because SICMAN of Virginia is not an angsty scremo band, they are a really awesome new jam rock band.
I don't know if it's possible, but if you can, try imagining the musical style of Tenacious D (not their lyrics) and Queens of the Stone Age. What you get is a lovely mix of heavy, ambient, and acoustic tunes all at once; a sort of heavy folk rock. I didn't think it was possible either, but SICMAN of Virginia have proven me wrong.
SICMAN of Virginia have three albums out: "A SICMAN's Guide to Illness..." (2003), "Sweatpants and Other Unnecessary Nonsense" (2011), and "Stale as it Ever Was" (2012). These guys are pretty awesome, so check out "Don't Call" and see for yourself.