Alternative metal band Helmet picks Stamford Hosemen rockers to open shows in Hartford, Fairfield


STAMFORD — Local alternative rock band Hosemen’s song “Saturday Nite Conformity” opens with guitarist and vocalist Anthony “Quinn” Carpanzano giving a nod to his hometown.

“Come and take me back / Where I used to walk the streets / Down from Selleck and back to Fairfield / Then I’ve been around the world,” the song begins.

Selleck Street and Fairfield Avenue in Stamford are where Carpanzano grew up.

Carpanzano then sings about Amsterdam, mentioning Dam Square and Leidseplein. “I come alive Saturday night / And I don’t follow your rules,” he sings.

“I’ve never really conformed to anything, and in Amsterdam you don’t conform to anything,” said Carpanzano, who is 52, or as he put it, “old enough to play rock n’ roll”, during an interview. this week. A long-time supporter of original live music at Stamford, he currently hires bands at Club London.

The other two members of Hosemen, Brien Adams and Wade McManus, are also from Stamford. Adams plays bass for the band and occasionally provides backing vocals. McManus completes the trio on drums. Both are in their late twenties.

They will open for alternative metal band Helmet at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford on Saturday night and again at the Fairfield Theater Company’s Warehouse in Fairfield on Sunday night. The band plans to perform a number of songs from a forthcoming new album.

“Come to the show and see a real rock band play,” Adams said.

Carpanzano and Adams have described Hosemen’s style as 1990s grunge with touches of heavy metal, punk rock, and new wave. Their influences include Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, Tool, Iron Maiden, The Cure and Helmet. It’s the kind of music that Adams says Stamford’s Alive at Five concert series lacks.

The band’s previous version, which first performed in 2005, was called “Mantyhose”. A decade later, Carpanzano began playing with Adams. McManus was the last to join the group around 2017.

They changed the name about a year later on the recommendation of an engineer who worked with the band on the “Saturday Nite Conformity” album, which includes the song of the same name.

The band are currently recording the new album at Carriage House Studios in Westover. Carpanzano said he expects it to be an improvement over their first record because he, Adams and McManus have spent more time together as a group.

“It’s definitely heavier, a bit darker, but it also has its beautiful elements,” Carpanzano said. “It’s intense, and there are ups and downs.”

He said he worked on honing his craft as a songwriter after COVID-19 arrived in Connecticut and kept the band from practicing for a while.

The members of the group also have day jobs: Carpanzano works with his brothers in a business travel agency. Adams is a photographer. McManus works in security.

“With this album, we definitely plan to…turn heads around and see where we can go from there,” Carpanzano said. “I think all the stars are aligning for us.”

Hosemen is on Spotify and Instagram (@hosemenband).

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