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Published on January 4th, 2012 | by Lisa McInerney


New Music: The Manhattan Syndrome

It’s January, and we’re all hungover, broke and enormous, so we need inspiration. Here’s something very nice for the time of year that’s in it.

The Manhattan Syndrome is a Dublin indie band specialising in the kind of swelling melody and gorgeous sentiment that would have even the most dead-eyed malcontent composing epic music videos in their heads where everyone is better-looking and is totally in love despite themselves. A little of The National, a little Stornoway, a little of the guilty pleasure in the best 80s power ballads, The Manhattan Syndrome was made for stadium singalongs. It’s not often you hear such a massive sound from an Irish indie band. Yes, I think you’re going to like this.

This is Cold Company, from their debut EP “And We Left It Behind”.

Side effects include: punching the air, weeping attractively, marching purposefully to win back the love of your life from misunderstanding/dark circumstance/that scheming bastard you know will never be right for her.

Good stuff, right? That’s the kind of sound yer man Bressie would melt down his GAA medals for. And even better, “And We Left It Behind” is available for free download from Bandcamp. Yay!

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That cranky young wan from award-winning blog, Arse End Of Ireland, Lisa’s also noted for her dedication to cobbling together unrelated imprecations to make new and bemusing insults, mostly because she’s not eloquent enough to otherwise explain her deep-seated terror of genre fiction and Fianna Fail. In 2006, The Irish Times called her “… the most talented writer at work in Ireland today”, and her mam still can’t understand why this is better than being the new Marian Keyes. Which it totally is. Alright? Website Twitter: @SwearyLady Facebook.com/sweary Last FM: LeislVonTrapp

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