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Interview:
Shortly at the Loving Touch, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Alexandria Maniak may be calling herself Shortly these days, but the Detroit singer and songwriter is positioning herself for a long musical run.



The Southgate-raised Maniak, whose mother is a classical guitarist, has scored national attention with her Shortly debut EP "Richmond" and moody, emotionally direct songs such as "Finders Keepers" and "Spare Time." Coming out of the underground rock band world, Shortly has allowed Maniak to create a new identity she feels is more true to her musical ambitions -- and, thanks to rave reviews, is courting a spotlight that promises to only get brighter in the near future...



Maniak, 22, was in several local bands before she became Shortly. "I was in six or seven of them, and I learned I didn't want to be the girl in the band who plays the (keyboards) and the same notes as everyone else. A couple of years ago I quit the band I was in and played a show of my own music I was writing that the band didn't like, and it went well and felt good -- better than any show I'd played before. And then I just kept going and it fell into place after that."



Maniak's sound comes from an amalgam of disparate influences, some from her childhood. "My dad loves 80s hair metal, and my mom was really into 60s music -- the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel. My (guitar) finger-picking came from that, learning to play Simon & Garfunkel songs with mom. Then I got more affiliated with punk and heard emo stuff, and that's cool too. So kind of a combination of all those things is where I came from -- playing in this rock bands and indie music and combining that with the intricate nature of those old tunes. It's hard to even pin down what it is."



Maniak has "a lot more music" she's looking forward to putting out, which she describes as "more mature" than what she's released so far. "Two and a half years is nothing in this business, really. I probably have an entire record of music I cycle through playing at different shows, depending on how I feel, that will hopefully be recorded soon. This feels like it's just now getting started -- even literally, just setting up a business and everything to go with it. But emotionally I feel myself completely invested in this. It definitely feels brand new."



Shortly performs Friday, Dec. 14, at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 7 p.m. $12. 248-546-3696 or thelovingtouchferndale.com.

Web Site: www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

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