Manchester 3-piece indie rockers The Mantells have been together for just over 18 months and have been very busy. Last year’s single ‘Men In Suits’ was well received by music bloggers and gig goers alike. Now back with the ‘Payday Playboys’ Ep, Nina Fritsch caught up with singer Tom Barrow to talk about the importance of lyrics, Elbow appreciation and the many faces of David Bowie.
As a band from Manchester, when you’re playing elsewhere, do you think that it works for or against you that you’re a “Manchester band”?
I think people all over the world know Manchester has a very strong musical history so I’d like to think people would expect good things from the new bands here. As for the way they might expect us to sound, I’m not so sure, a lot of people might think of Oasis when they think of what’s come to be expected as the ‘typical’ Manchester sound. I don’t really think that’s right, if you compare bands like Oasis, Elbow, The Smiths and even Simply Red, there’s quite a diverse sound that’s always came from Manchester, so who knows what will come from new bands from this place really…