Paul Draper announces February / March 2018 UK Tour

Paul Draper UK Tour 2018 poster
Paul Draper was the frontman of Mansun – one of the most iconic bands of the late ’90s. Over the course of three albums (a fourth issued posthumously), they achieved something unique – after fostering a fervent cult following, they managed to maintain critical and commercial success with a series of intensely radio friendly yet increasingly experimental records. Off the back of their biggest radio record, Mansun imploded in 2003 and Paul all but disappeared from view.

“Spooky Action” is the result of a decade of thinking, tinkering, writing, recording and focusing - get it here.

Lyrically, it’s biting and brutally honest – an autobiography set to captivating, addictive melody across eleven songs that peak then peak again, then peak again. Taking its cue from 2016’s two EP releases and recorded in collaboration with Catherine AD (the Anchoress) and long time Mansun collaborator PDub.

The record’s eleven tracks veer from warped voodoo psych (“Don’t Poke the Bear”) to glistening synthetic soul (“Things People Want”); from warped, razor wire rock’n’roll (“Grey House”) to glorious widescreen analogue pop music (“Jealousy is a Powerful Emotion”). Collectively, they represent Paul’s strongest, most consistent set of songs to date – half a lifetime’s work condensed into just over an hour of perfectly formed music.

Paul Draper plays a previously announced, sold out tour of the UK in September with a full live band that includes regular studio collaborator The Anchoress, and a second tour in February / March 2018. Find the dates below.

UK Tour Dates 2018:
Feb 19  The Haunt - Brighton, United Kingdom
Feb 20  Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Feb 21  Bierkeller - Bristol, United Kingdom
Feb 26  Caves - Edinburgh, United Kingdom    
Feb 27  Glasgow Art School - Glasgow, United Kingdom    
Mar 01  O2 Ritz Manchester - Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 02  The Leadmill - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Mar 03  Riverside - Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom    
Mar 05  Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 06  Waterfront - Norwich, United Kingdom    
Mar 07  O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, United Kingdom
Mar 08  Electric Brixton - London, United Kingdom

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