Jared Mancuso’s brand of rock n’ roll is a combination of influences that vary in style but complement each other remarkably well. He has crafted his sound by taking subtle cues from the surf rock vibes and musical intricacies of The Beach Boys, the mid-century simplicity of Buddy Holly, with more sonically present influences derived from some of his modern musical role models: the catchy, easily hummable riffs of Weezer, the bluesy grittiness of Jack White, and the punchiness of The Black Keys. All of this crafts an original sound with welcome familiarity. Indie Band Guru wrote, “the melting pot of sounds has set the standard for the fun that rock n’ roll can be again.” (damn!)
Originally hailing from New Hope, PA, Mancuso created and performed with a handful of groups that covered a myriad of styles, ranging from jam rock to funk to pop to garage rock. The most notable of these groups was The Jared Project, formed in 2013 with homonymous singing and songwriting partner Jared Bardugone. They released the first of two full length albums, The Battle Between Love and Fear, in the same year Mancuso released his first solo album, A Very Pleasant Person.
Post-TJP, Mancuso honed in on his personal sound to entirely write, record and release on his own his sophomore album, Superdope, in the fall of 2016 to much acclaim; Jamsphere Magazine called it “a damn near perfect album, top to bottom,“ while Middle Tennessee Music proclaimed, “If this doesn’t make you love rock and roll again, something is seriously wrong with you.” (double damn!)
Jared doesn’t just live on tape though. With his four piece live band, The Very Pleasant People, he has been rocking venues from Vermont to Massachusetts to NYC to Philly to DC to Virginia Beach and back. Additionally, he currently helms the mid-century rock icon national tribute group Not Fade Away: The Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience in which he performs the greatest hits of the artists that inspired his own style.