Local Music Spotlight: Effusion 35

Effusion 35 has burst back onto the Philadelphia music scene. (Photo: Melissa Whitely)
Effusion 35 has burst back onto the Philadelphia music scene. (Photo: Melissa Whitely)

WRITTEN BY: TYLER CARMODY

Philadelphia’s own Effusion 35 is anything but new to the local music scene. Boasting a fresh sound that combines the influence of bands such as Nirvana, Helmet, and The Beatles, the band’s songs are a breath of fresh air to rock music. Believe it or not, Effusion 35, comprised of Pat Manley on guitar and vocals, Temple alum Kevin Manley on bass, Joe Napoleon on guitar and vocals and Jim Napoleon on drums, began making music in 1999. In 2014, the band had a self-proclaimed “rebirth,” adding Kevin and Jim to the family.

Effusion 35’s sound has been compared to Sonic Youth and Television, which I believe is a spot on assessment for the rock outfit. With driving rhythm, sincere vocals that sound like Jon Bon Jovi meets Dave Grohl, and a sick lead guitar that has a more contemporary, shoegaze feel to it, the band truly solidifies its place in the Philadelphia rock scene as a unique brand.

Effusion 35 is releasing its new single, “Ledge,” on Feb. 20 on Bandcamp (effusion35.bandcamp.com), iTunes, and Spotify. The album that will follow “Ledge” will be a concept record centered around a theme, according to Kevin Manley, of “landlord problems.”

“It sounds bizarre, but if you come to see us, I think you’ll get it,” Manley said.

Whaddya gotta say to that?