Mane Attraction “Ain’t Nothin’ But A Good Time!”

Sep 23, 2009

By Krista Doran

l_2ee409d71c5d412e8855906e436107ccGrowing up in the 80’s was a great time for me, as I am sure it was for many. It was a time of constant fun, parties and MUSIC. Not just any old music though. If you grew up in the 80’s you know what I mean. The launch of Hair Bands and Arena rock was huge and it just took over that decade. It was electric, big production, neon lights with leopard tights, all about sex and good times. Ahhh, those were the days!

If you are craving a true flashback to the 80’s, then all you need to do is take a look at Philly band, Mane Attraction. Now here is a band dedicated to a cause and it’s not just music…but we’ll get to that in a minute! This band puts on that full production with the bright lights, big hair, leather pants and vintage instruments and they play the party anthems we all love to sing along to by bands such as Def Leppard, Cinderalla, Poison, Dokken, Judas Priest and many others. As lead guitarist, Butch puts it “Our shows are totally over the top, obnoxious yet lots of fun. We want to give everyone a chance to relive the 80’s or to experience what it was like.” I asked Butch what Mane Attraction does differently than some of the other bands out there who also offer a trip back to the 80’s and his answer was “Our approach. We want to give the audience a show that is worth more than their cover’s worth and that is why we make sure our shows are always high energy, quick paced and we play songs that everyone loves to scream and head-bang along to.” All the members in this band lived through the 80’s, so they know what people want. They did a lot of research by checking out other arena rock style bands to see what songs they would do in order to get that “Wow” factor and Mane Attraction is following that same path of giving people exactly what they want. Their stage presence is something you won’t soon forget between the costuming, back drops and song choices, you really feel like you’ve gone back in time to an 80’s hair band concert.

The band is 5 members: Shakey on lead vocals, Butch and Paul who both play lead and rhythm guitar, Bones on bass guitar and Joe on drums. They have been together now for 6 months and are already playing some great rooms in the area like JT’s Philadelphia House, The Beehive Pub in NJ and Cazz’s Sports Bar in Levittown. They have also been doing some charity events including Toys for Tots and several Veteran organizations and recently spearheaded a campaign to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. If you go to the Mane Attraction website at www.myspace.com/maneattractionband you can purchase a “Rockin’ for the Cure” Mane Attraction t-shirt and 100% of the proceeds from these sales will be donated directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I asked Butch why they decided to be so dedicated to this cause and he said “We’ve all been through our own garbage and we are all OK now. We just want to make sure things stay that way by keeping the Karma train going.” You can also find these t-shirts at local retail stores such as Pat’s Music Center on Frankford Avenue in NE Philly and at Way Out in the Roosevelt Mall.

You can of course, pick up one of these t-shirts at a Mane Attraction show as well, so be sure to check out their site and support a band that does so much to help others.

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