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Published on May 16th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Roger Joseph Manning Jr. On The Lickerish Quartet, The New “Threesome, Vol. 1” EP & More

Featuring ex-Jellyfish members Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Beck, Air, Cheap Trick, Morrissey), Tim Smith (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Finn Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Umajets) and Eric Dover (Imperial Drag, Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper, Sextus), the existence of The Lickerish Quartet was first announced earlier this year. Its highly-anticipated debut EP Threesome Vol. 1 is now available, and features first single “Lighthouse Spaceship,” which quickly earned over 50,000 plays on Spotify. Followup single “Fadoodle” also has a lyric-oriented music video that can be streamed online.

The aforementioned Roger Joseph Manning Jr. has also had plenty going on beyond Jellyfish. He co-founded another major label band, Imperial Drag, produced acclaimed titles as one-half of The Moog Cookbook, and has also enjoyed success as a solo artist. Manning has also been an in-demand session player and touring musician for decades. Beyond the artists listed above, his credits include Blink-182, Interpol, Rob Thomas, Steve Perry, Marilyn Manson, The Killers, Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, P!nk, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Green Day, Bill Murray… The list goes on and on.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Roger Joseph Manning Jr. by telephone on April 13, 2020 about Threesome Vol. 1, future activity from The Lickerish Quartet, how he became an in-demand session player and more. Additional info on Manning can be found at www.twitter.com/rogerjmanningjr, while The Lickerish Quartet keeps an official online home at www.thelickerishquartet.com.


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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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