7” from former Mansun frontman Paul Draper, featuring two “fan favourites” from his recent album Spooky Action. A couple of decades after Mansun’s debut album disrupted 90s Britpop, Draper’s maximalist efforts here should appeal to the band’s devotees. Available on indies-only clear vinyl on Kscope.
6/10 Robin Staff review, 25 October 2017
Wherein Paul Draper comes back to haunt me about the fact that my Hanson vs Mansun poll came back inconclusive. C’est truly la vie. Mansun frontman that he is, this new 7” serves up two slices of his new album as seven inch edits, turning ‘Spooky Action’ into spookily small action. “Grey House” is a well-shredded rocker with gulping yelps about “feeling that this monkey’s insane” and other indiscernible content. The drums rollick along over funky guitar work that occasionally shambles into miasmic pre-choruses and those big, loud kiss-off choruses. It’s all very nicely set-up, is what I’m saying.
I’m kinda resentful that I have to talk about the record’s flipside, with the song so hilariously named “Who’s Wearing the Trousers”, but it’s a nice, sleuthing rocker with synthed-up hooks. Hansun fans, where are you? Come and collect Paul.
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