Local favorites ManDancing announced earlier this week that they will be rereleasing their debut album Everyone Else on Take This to Heart Records, marking a significant step forward. One of the first bands covered on N.J. Racket, it’s been a privilege to watch the band grow and develop for almost two years now and more so to see the fruits of their labor to finally pay off. In the past few days, I got to catch up with Stephen Gerard and Ben Petty to talk about everything that’s been happening with the band, where they’ve been, and where they’re going.
There’s a ton of great music coming out of the New Jersey indie scene these days from a ton of talented artists, but there are certain intangible qualities beyond sheer talent which are responsible for a piece of music being able to truly resonate with people on a level that exists deeper than enjoyable listening. Such an album was given to us by Hodera and Take This to Heart Records in First Things First.
On November 3, Hodera celebrated the release with a show at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch along with Save Face, Secret Stuff, and Halogens. The venue was packed with an enthusiastic and attentive crowd. To have followed these guys’ work and to see them receive the feedback and support First Things First has brought them has been nothing short of remarkable.