Paul Draper releases his long awaited debut solo album, Spooky Action alongside concert album Live at Scala
And announces UK acoustic tour for November 2018
Paul Draper was the frontman of Mansun – one of the most iconic bands of the late ’90s. Over the course of three albums (a fourth issued posthumously), they achieved something unique – after fostering a fervent cult following, they managed to maintain critical and commercial success with a series of intensely radio friendly yet increasingly experimental records. Off the back of their biggest radio record, Mansun imploded in 2003 and Paul all but disappeared from view.
Spooky Action is the result of a decade of thinking, tinkering, writing, recording and focusing – OUT NOW.
Lyrically, it’s biting and brutally honest – an autobiography set to captivating, addictive melody across eleven songs that peak then peak again, then peak again. Taking its cue from 2016’s two EP releases and recorded in collaboration with Catherine AD (the Anchoress) and long time Mansun collaborator PDub.
The record’s eleven tracks veer from warped voodoo psych (Don’t Poke the Bear) to glistening synthetic soul (Things People Want); from warped, razor wire rock’n’roll (Grey House) to glorious widescreen analogue pop music (Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion). Collectively, they represent Paul’s strongest, most consistent set of songs to date – half a lifetime’s work condensed into just over an hour of perfectly formed music.
Kscope has also acquired the iconic back catalogue of Draper’s former band, Mansun. Learn more about the future special releases planned on the Mansun artist page.
Paul Draper Acoustic Tour Dates
These shows will see Paul playing his first ever full-length acoustic concerts with regular guitarist Ben Sink, offering fans a chance to hear a set that spans early Mansun songs, tracks from Spooky Action and Paul’s solo EPs and as-yet-unreleased tracks from his work-in-progress second solo album. Tickets are on sale here from Wednesday 20th June.
Wed 14th Bath, Moles
Thu 15th Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre
Fri 16th Cambridge, Storey’s Field Centre
Sat 17th Leicester, The Cookie
Wed 21st York, The Crescent Community Venue
Thu 22nd Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree*
Fri 23rd Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre*
Sat 24th Stockton-on-Tees, Georgian Theatre
PAUL DRAPER – EP TWO
Following the release of his first new music in twelve years (this summer’s acclaimed EP ONE), Paul Draper releases a second four track EP on Kscope OUT NOW. EP TWO features four new recordings:
Friends Make The Worst Enemies – a knock-out punch; 5 minutes of relentless chasmic melody and autobiographical melancholy that immediately reminds the listener why Paul’s songs were rarely far from the FM dial during Mansun’s supernova career; Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid – a spacious ballad that veers from delicate acoustics to thunderous bass-driven echo-chamber noise; Don’t You Wait It Might Never Come – a ramped up, surging rock’n’roll number and a gorgeous acoustic take on Friends Make The Worst Enemies.
Friends Make The Worst Enemies was co-written by Catherine AD (The Anchoress). EP TWO was recorded and produced by Paul Draper at Paul’s studio The Kitchen and was premiered on Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC 6 Music.
Paul Draper’s debut solo album is due for release in spring 2017 when he will play his first solo live dates.
PAUL DRAPER – EP ONE
The tracks on the EP are the first official recordings by Paul Draper since 2004’s posthumous Mansun collection Kleptomania.
The EP features three equally brilliant, very different brand new tracks: the lead ‘Feeling My Heart Run Slow’ – a thundering juggernaut of a revenge rock n roll song; which was premiered on BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq show; ‘No Ideas’ – a mind-expanding spy movie soundtrack condensed into just under six minutes which was recorded with Steven Wilson, who played bass, acoustic and electric guitar, Moog, Mellotron and Prophet synths on the track; ‘The Silence is Deafening’ – a gleaming pop song that perfectly melds together glacial synths and soaring guitar-bass-drums, co-written with Catherine AD (aka The Anchoress). Her current album Confessions of a Romance Novelist was co-produced and co-written by Paul. The EP also features an alternate mix of “Feeling My Heart Run Slow” by Andy MacFarlane of The Twilight Sad.
‘EP ONE’, the first solo material from Paul Draper entered the UK 12″ Vinyl Chart at No.1 in it’s first week of release! (It is also at No.2 on the Physical Singles Chart and No.2 on the Vinyl Singles Chart.)