“SLINKY, UNDERSTATED DANCE-ROCK THAT SHUFFLES ALONG WITH ECHOING, ESCALATING GUITAR LINES AND PRECISE DRUMS THAT SNAP WITH INTENT” –STEREOGUM
Manuela is the London-based project comprising vocalist and songwriter Manuela Gernedel and multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand, FFS).
Austrian Gernedel and her British-born husband McCarthy have been making music together on and off ever since they first met at a youth club summer party in the late 90s in Bavaria, Germany, where they both grew up. They moved to Glasgow together some years later after Gernedel, who is a visual artist, was offered a place at Glasgow School of Art to study painting. While living in Glasgow, Gernedel performed with the short-lived band White Nights, who released one 7” EP via Paul Thompson’s NEW! label. McCarthy went on to join Franz Ferdinand, sell millions of records and tour the world, all the while continuing to make music with Gernedel as Box Codax together with their long-term friend Alexander Ragnew, releasing two well-received albums Only An Orchard Away in 2006 and Hellabuster in 2011.
Manuela’s self-titled album – a joyous gem of addictive, eclectic, off-the-wall and instantly refreshing DIY pop – which is set for release on Lost Map Records on March 31, 2017 on vinyl and digital formats in cooperation with Munich based label Schamoni Musik and Mexican label Panoram. The album features players and friends old and new including Jim Dixon (Django Django), William Reese (Mystery Jets), Roxanne Clifford (Veronica Falls) and Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand) among many others. The first track to be previewed from the album ‘Cracks in the Concrete’ was premiered via Stereogum in July last year, and was promptly shared by Pitchfork, NME, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound and other sites. It’s a tirelessly fun and refreshing arrival with its scratchy, snaking guitar lines, analogue synth squelches and a nagging melodic hook that’ll keep you punching play over and over again.