MANALION ‘Back In The Day’

Written by on October 6, 2014


When 3 kiwis who grew up in the coastal areas of The Bay Of islands, The Bay Of Plenty and Hawkes Bay moved across the ditch to Australia, it’s no surprise that they would settle in the sunny climes of Sydney’s north shore beach suburb of Manly.

The mild temperament lends itself to a musical style that matches its environment. ManaLion‘s sun-drenched reggae flavours, crafted songwriter with a progressive edge to their production has won them plenty of fans in their adopted home. The last 2 years has seen them perform at Natural NZ Music Festival in Perth, regular shows and support slots around Sydney, and the ben have just completed The MayJah RayJah tour across cities in Australia and New Zealand.

Back In The Day is the first full ­length release from the trio. The debut record features ten tracks, all in which are very much different and profoundly showcase the bands love for dub, electronic funk, dirty roots and soul music. Back In The Day was recorded at a number of studio’s over the past 24 months which gives each track its own individual feel and vibe. “We don’t have the best gear but we make the best out of what we have,” says front man Duan & Only. “That sound you hear on the record is precisely what we were trying to achieve as a band, we like it dirty.”


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