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Mansun

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Chester, United Kingdom (1995 – 2003)

Mansun were formed in Chester in 1995 by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Paul Draper, lead guitarist/ backing vocalist Dominic Chad, bassist Stove King and drummer Andie Rathbone. Arriving on the Britpop-dominated scene as a beat-driven band, Mansun liberally mixed progressive rock, psychedelia, art pop, shoegaze, 80’s noir and electronic elements; instead of singles releasing numerous multi-format EPs bookended by concept albums, often changing their style (and peculiar uniforms) each release. Along with this they were a renowned live act who often drastically rearranged their songs on tour: extending some into heavy jams, combining others into epic suites. Non-stop touring and devotion to their fans took them to many distant places bands rarely travelled.

Mansun came to prominence in the mid-nineties British indie/ guitar-rock resurgence, despite pursuing their own path away from any of the emerging scenes. Their first album Attack Of The Grey Lantern could easily have been lost amidst the wave of new music in the British () scene at that time if it had not been for the majestic Wide Open Space. The single charted at number 15 in the UK. The album then went on to reach no. 1 in the UK charts. Many of the tracks from the album and the associated EP’s formed part of a grand concept piece. The band created a twisted town inhabited by bizarre characters such as “Dark Mavis”, “Stripper Vicar”, “Flourella” and “Egg-Shaped Fred”.

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