“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 moved to Glasgow together when Gernedel 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. McCarthy went on to join Franz Ferdinand, sell millions of records and tour the world. Together they made music as Box Codax with their long-term friend Alexander Ragnew, releasing two well-received albums Only An Orchard Away in 2006 and Hellabuster in 2011.
Manuela perform as a duo and as a 5 piece band.
Manuela’s self-titled album – a joyous gem of addictive, eclectic, off-the-wall and instantly refreshing DIY pop – was released 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, 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.