The address is 315… On Bowery to be more specific, the legendary awning is gone but past a rack of motorcycle jackets and beside a table filled with t-shirts of the once greats that passed through the now spotless walls, you can still find a sticker emblazoned with the name Man on Earth.
Started in a small bedroom not far from there, Steven Nathan (Singer/Songwriter) set out to write songs that moved him the way the world around him did. The sun through the Central Park trees, old boots being dragged across the broken concrete of St. Marks Place, the fall of the first snow as you walk up the broad expanse of the Sixth Avenue. Armed to the teeth with the constant buzz of inspiration and a stack of show fliers in hand, he has taken his band from filling clubs on the lower east side, to the large theaters of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
CMJ described Man on Earth as “Glistening, wide-open arena rock with spirited choruses and a charged romanticism,” and with the release of their latest album “Things They’d Never Believe” the band has expanded their ideas to combine indie pop sensibility with experimental instrumentation to create memorable and hook heavy songs. Grammy winning producer Ken Lewis, remarked, “I’ve had the distinct pleasure of producing and mixing much of Man on Earth’s exceptional music. When people ask “why hasn’t this band made it yet?” my only response is…”YET!” Their newest album “Things They’d Never Believe” continues their evolution in making great music.”
Fans familiar with the previous album, 2009’s “The Time Spent Wondering” (featuring radio trade publication FMQB’s choice of “best bet pick” for “All We Want”) will instantly recognize the band on “Things They’d Never Believe” and also revel in the bands musical growth and expanse of sound, which sets it target on bringing more fiercely devoted fans into the fold. With tracks like pop-gem “Staring at Your Phone,” the intensity driven first single “I’d be Good for You” or with its electronically dusted album lead off “Sometimes,” the band pulls you into every emotional up and down of its world and the lives inside of it to make a connection to the dreams and determination of its listeners everywhere.
For a band that knows having a personal relationship with its fans is a top priority, they have maintained an intensive cross country tour schedule for years perfecting a live show filled with vigorous musicianship that never fails to impress and expand its audience. In the process they have cultivated relationships and shared stages with acts like Simple Plan, Secondhand Serenade, and Perry Farrell and played every venue from Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York to the streets of Seattle with everything in between. The band has also chalked up an impressive array of media appearances popping up everywhere from Fox Television’s “Fearless Music” to live performances on CBS and NBC. In addition to being spun on over 300 national radio stations there have been features on the Winter Olympics and an arena filled sing-along to their music at every home game for the NHL’s New York Islanders.
Since its outset, Nathan, along with (drummer) Dave Garcia, (bassist) Adam Root and (lead guitarist) Steve Gregoire have brought the soundtrack to a new generation, while wearing hope on their sleeves, keeping their sights on the dream and doing it all while reaching for the sky.