Unplugged By Jack: The Maness Brothers
For those familiar with the southern jazz and rock scene in St. Louis, the name Maness Brothers comes as no surprise. And yet, when you ask Jake and David what got them into music, they just shrug their shoulders and say, “Family.”
They may not look like much with just a guitar and some drums, but the music that comes from the Maness Brothers will surprise you. We spoke to David while Jake drove, learning a little bit more about the brothers from O’Fallon, Missouri.
The duo are responsible for the St. Louis based Whiskey War Festival, which lead them to meeting JB Anderson, owner of Gaslight. They work for JB on carpentry in the back, so they’re quite comfortable at Gaslight Studios.
JB laughed and told us, “It is like they never leave, which I suppose is a good thing.”
While they’ve obviously been brothers for quite some time, the two only combined forces in the past 6 years.
“We both had bands and projects we were working on and then just decided, let’s play together. It was kind of just a side project, and then other bands faded and Maness Brothers was still around,” David says when we speak on the phone.
Jake and David first began to play with instruments, just fooling around and teaching themselves at a young age, Jake first joined a band in middle school, David cutting his teeth with various artists along the way.
But the brothers are musicians first and foremost, song writing for them came as a necessity once they formed the band. They write about what they know, their personal lives, but both insist, there is no lead singer.
And in 2016, they found themselves at Gaslight. Their music can be “pretty loud, in your face crazy” David tells us, “just at Gaslight, it sounds more relaxed. Performing at Gaslight in the studio gives space for the people who don’t want their faces ripped off by music but still want to hear our sound.”
The pair spends a lot of time at Gaslight, but have only performed there twice.
Thursday at Unplugged will be the first time the Maness Brothers perform acoustically. And we can’t wait to see what they do.