“what gives them the right to be this good?” — Anthony Fantano/The Needle Drop

Johnny Manchild and the Poor Bastards to release a new song “Fake Me Out” out on January 26. Save it at your favorite streaming platform here:

Watch the video for “Fake Me Out” here:

“Fake Me Out” is the follow-up to their recently released song “Oh, Songbird” (December 2023) both songs are from the upcoming new album Rapture Waltz which was recorded with Grammy-nominated Wes Sharon (Greg Allman, Doobie Brothers, John Fullbright, Turnpike Troubadours).

what a cracker it is. Sitting somewhere between pop accessibility and rock groove, power-pop weight, and garage rock abrasiveness, it ticks lots of boxes for any discerning music fan” — Big Takeover

The genre-bending songs on the upcoming album cover a wide palette. They range from piano ballads like the Beatlesque “Better Unsaid” to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ rhythmic funk-rock, Metallica’s precision speed-metal “Polarity” and the ‘90s-era emo leaning “So Much Better” sometimes within a single song, as in the opening “Fake Me Out,” an interior monologue that explores Johnny’s own lifelong battle with bipolarity.

Johnny shares, “Fake Me Out” is about dealing with bipolar disorder, and the difficulties in writing and creating when dealing with it. It comes into play with art, relationships, and every part of my life. It always feels like I’m faking myself out with one way of thinking, and one way of feeling, just enough to trip me up when my brain switches again. In the inpatient treatment, they have you write up these plans on what you do when things get bad, and that’s what the bridge is about. Sometimes you forget what you wrote, and what the plan was, and you feel so lost in it. This song, musically and lyrically, is the way it can feel to swing between mania and depression”. He continues, “We recorded this at prairie sun studios in California. The studio has this beautiful 9-foot Steinway grand that was perfect for the song. We added several aux percussion parts of us just bashing sticks and rocks against the barn room floor and the gobo stands, and it added so much cool texture to it”.


“eclectic alt-rock over a punk rock skeleton” – New Noise Magazine

Their new album Rapture Waltz is available for pre-order now. Every pre-order will get early access to download the release on March 1. In addition, Johnny Manchild and the Poor Bastards are offering multiple bundles and limited items. Check it all out here: PRESALE 2.0 — JMPB (

On tour throughout 2024. Tickets available at Tour – Johnny Manchild

January 26 at AMC Live Room in Oklahoma City, OK / Hometown show with local support.

With Holdfast

February 21 at Ruins (Limbo Room) in Dallas, TX

February 22 at Andy’s Bar in Denton, TX

February 24 at The Mix in San Antonio, TX

February 25 at 3Ten @ ACL LIVE 360 in Austin, TX

February 26 at White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX

February 27 at Santo’s in New Orleans, LA

February 28 at The Hi-Tone in Memphis, TN

March 1 at The City Winery Loft in Nashville, TN

March 22 at Beer City in Oklahoma City, OK / Hometown show with local support.

With Volores

April 3 at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe, AZ

April 4 at Groundworks in Tucson, AZ

April 5 at Red Dwarf in Las Vegas, NV

April 6 at The Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA

April 7 at Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco,

April 9 at Café Colonial in Sacramento, CA

April 10 at Sam Bind`s Garage in Eugene, OR

April 11 at The Fixin’ To in Portland, OR

April 12 at Funhouse @ El Corazon in Seattle, WA

April 14 at Urban Lounge in   Salt Lake City, UT

April 15 at The Coast in   Fort Collins, CO

April 16 at Mercury Café Jungle in Denver, CO

April 17 at Mini Bar in Kansas City, MO

With Holdfast

Apr 26 at Gman Tavern Chicago, IL

Apr 24 at 7thStreet Entry in Minneapolis, MN

Apr 25 at X-Ray Arcade in Cudahy, WI

Apr 27 at Natalie’s Grandview Columbus, OH

Apr 28 at Lager House in Detroit, MI

Apr 29 at The Rec Room Buffalo, NY

May 2 at Café Nine in New Haven, CT

May 3 at Drom in New York, NY

May 4 at Milkboy in Philadelphia, PA

May 5 at Pie Shop in Washington, DC

May 6 at Pour House in Raleigh, NC

May 9 at Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta Room in Atlanta, GA

May 10 at The Nick in Birmingham, AL

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