The Swedish alt-rock band The MANICS were last featured in 2014.
From a live performance on the 7th, of an as yet unreleased song – Headphones.
Even with the imperfect audio this is a track fully involving the listener, with body moving, as The MANICS bring their take on mod in a number that features a busy bridge which gives Headphones some joyful legs.
I have heard rumour that The MANICS are heading into the Studio imminently to record some new material, including Headphones. I look forward to catching up with the resulting recording sessions.
The MANICS from Norrköping is Sweden is the rock band comprising Peter Aspegren (Vocals / Guitar), Fredrik Malmbecker (Bass / Vocals) and Niklas Ohlson (Drums).
The MANICS – Photo credit M. Wilson
The MANICS provide high energy driven music that reminds of early ’80s new wave. Progressing rapidly the tracks have sharp clarity stripped of the fat, leaving the audience bouncing in time with the beats. A few years behind them, the trio have honed their live performance and recordings to tight and well balanced sounds which, despite their frenetic nature, are played with easy confidence and plenty of space.
It is the very bareness of the strings, which are wound tightly that leads me to enjoy the music as much as I do and this accompanied by a drum-kit that you can just imagine charging around the room leaves the audience happy with life. The MANICS demonstrate that music which doesn’t have complicated layers, to flower it up, can completely absorb the listener.
This is a band to add to the essential music playlist and I hope they have many years ahead of them.