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Featured The Manhattan Love Suicides Release:
Dirt In The Grooves
The Manhattan Love Suicides should need no introduction. But, just in case you're not familiar with this group of feedback loving noise merchants, dressed in black...well, here goes...
Formed in 2006. Split in 2009. Re-formed in 2013 and split again in 2016. During their often-tumultuous existence, they recorded and released a bunch of 7" singles, two full length albums, a 27 track compilation CD and a couple of radio sessions. They played gigs all over the UK, as well as New York, San Francisco, Austin (SXSW...twice !) Philadelphia, Washington DC, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Madrid and Barcelona. They released records on several different labels, including Squirrel Records (UK) Odd Box Records (UK) and Magic Marker Records (US). Their music is raw sounding, with scuzzy production, often drenched in crackling fuzz, but always with stunningly good pop melodies seeping through the wall of noise. Most bands, who sound rough around the edges when they play live, will polish up their act when they commit their songs to vinyl and CD...but not The Manhattan Love Suicides. This approach won them a lot of supporters... and just as many detractors. The live appearances were never more than 25 minutes in length, even when they were headlining, and verbal communication with the audience was non-existent. "Hit and Run" was their mantra.
The records and CDs that the band released are now either completely sold out and deleted, or they're hard to find. Sometimes, they even sell for what can be referred to as "silly money" on the collector's market. So, with that in mind, it's a good time for Next Phase : Normal Records to step up and release this 23 track collection of the very best recordings by The Manhattan Love Suicides. A perfect introduction for anyone who isn't familiar with them, or just a good way for existing fans to have a whole stack of tunes from this band in one convenient place...and all served up in DVD style packaging with collector's cards and brand new artwork designed by Jon Aldersea/Goldphone Creative Media.
So, dive into the sound of The Manhattan Love Suicides...a band who believed that anything less than 30 minutes is ample time for anyone to make a point, a band who held the opinion that the music should always be unruly, forceful, a melodic racket with guitars that sound scorched, and delivered with plenty of "Dirt In The Grooves" (hence this title)
Released: Monday 14th December 2020