Featured artist: Manuela

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Who? Manuela are vocalist and songwriter Manuela Gernedel and ex-Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nick McCarthy.

What? Disco-spiked post-punk.

From where? Manuela is originally from Austria, while Nick was born in Blackpool. After lengthy stints in Bavaria and Glasgow, they’re both ensconced in east London these days.

What’s the story? Manuela was officially unveiled last summer with the duo’s ace first track Cracks in the Concrete.

Recorded at Nick’s Hackney studio Sausage, and co-produced by composer Sebastian Kellig, it’s a post-punk powerhouse that clatters along at an infectious pace.

With its coy vocal hooks, snappy percussion and snipped guitars, it’s surely a hearty indicator of good sounds to come.

Luckily, their debut album isn’t far behind, with Pictish Trail’s askew Lost Map Records pitching in on label duties.

The LP’s rollcall of guests include Django Django’s Jim Dixon, Mystery Jets’ William Reese, Veronica Falls’ Roxanne Clifford and Nick’s ex-bandmate Paul Thomson, adding to the whiff of excited expectancy surrounding them.

With Independent Venue Week looming, we’re ecstatic to announce they’ll be playing our M magazine showcase at the Sebright Arms, London, on 26 January. More info to follow shortly…

Sounds like? Art-rock meets thrifty, nifty disco.

Predicted to? Blow the roof off the Sebright Arms later this month.

Must hear? Cracks in the Concrete

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