Premiere DateOct 12, 2015
Categories Media Music
00:00 Introducing Manatree
02:13 Fat Jackson Manatree
05:02 Something Manatree
07:53 Beeswax Manatree
09:21 Animal Quietlies Manatree
12:30 Children Manatree
16:06 Mic Break
16:21 Interview with the Band
37:36 Mic Break
39:12 Moments Manatree
43:28 Invisible Egg Manatree
45:54 Cruisin Manatree
50:14 All Our Own Friends Manatree
54:27 Static Manatree
58:17 City Park Manatree
63:14 Finish

Hello and welcome to Discovery Corner on BTR! In keeping with the Richmond, Virginia musical coverage of recent weeks, today’s show will feature another talented band from the area.

Photo courtesy of Manatree

What’s it like to record a collection of songs six years in the making? Better yet, what’s it like to record that very same album in just ten days?

The answer, it turns out, is nothing short of edifying.

Four best friends from Richmond, Virginia decided to test this unequivocal challenge. Together they comprise the rock collective known as Manatree, and in some capacity or another they’ve been writing music for nearly a decade now. A couple of the members have known one another since preschool.

In many ways, Manatree’s self-titled debut (released earlier this year on Egghunt Records) marks a defining chapter in the band’s formative years. That being said, it’s hardly a juvenile endeavor. A cornucopia of legato guitar frills rip right out of the gates, accompanied by drummer Alex Elder’s white-knuckled snare cracks on the opener “Fat Jackson.” Before the guitars cut out–in time for vocalist Jack Mayock to offer his cool meditations on the virtues of patience–it’s already clear that Manatree means business.

But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself.

And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Manatree!


Zach Schepis worked at BTR from 2013-2017 as an intern, staff writer, podcast producer, and Editor-in-Chief for BTRread.