THE MANHATTAN SYNDROME
+ Me & The General & Níall Cassidy
The Manhattan Syndrome are an indie/alternative band based in Dublin. Mixing the sonic scope of Sigur Ros, the drive of Arcade Fire and the mood of the National with their own pop sensibilities, they have forged a dynamic style of their own
; a combination of simple hook driven songwriting with post-rock, momentous accompaniment. They have shared the stage in venues across Dublin with bands such as Planet Parade, Sounds of System Breakdown, The Casanova Wave, and Nanobot.
In June 2011, The Manhattan Syndrome recorded their debut E.P, engineered and mixed by Alan Kelly in Windmill Lane Studios. ‘And we left it behind’ draws on influences as far ranging as Sigur Ros, and Leonard Cohen while maintaining a polished, accessible sound that accommodates both the band’s driven rhythm and an emphasis on melody led vocals. Lyrically, sentiments of isolation and alienation surface throughout, backed by a sometimes sparse, sometimes epic soundscape.
And We Left It Behind was released on the 12th of August at The Workman’s Club, selling out almost immediately. Tracks from the EP are available on the band’s website.
Praise for ‘And we left it behind’:
“this combination of musical, lyrical and vocal styles gels to create something special and almost other-worldly.”
“The Manhattan Syndrome are special. From the opening strains of the first song on their debut EP, you sense this is something that you can connect with, something you can feel… encapsulating more emotion in a single line than 1,000 bands before them… And We Left It will leave you stretching for the repeat button as well as a box of tissues”
“The fourth song ‘Hollowheads’ and especially the third song ‘The Manhattan Syndrome’ are probably among the most beautiful songs I’ve heard this year… I can’t help but imagine that not even the band members themselves could have envisioned creating something as masterful, organic and mesmerizing… I really hope this is not the last we hear from The Manhattan Syndrome”
– Wasfuersohr blog