Category Archives: Mañana

Almost forgot…

but Morten’s post from today reminded me what I wanted to write about this week. You probably all know the SXSW-festival taking place each year in Austin, Texas. Just recently, the organisators released the first line-up, and I was positively surprised when I noticed that there will be three bands from Switzerland playing at this year’s edition of the festival. Most of all because one of these bands is Mañana, who delivered their excellent debut-album Interruptions last year (read more here). I really hope that the opportunity to play at SXSW will boost their career furthermore… they really deserve it!

The other two Swiss bands are Navel, an indie-rock-punk-combo, and Choo Choo, who mix 60s-Teen-Beat with today’s Garage Rock… quite an interesting mix. Find a couple of songs from all bands below (and I can’t stress this out enough: if you’ve missed Mañana‘s Miss Evening until now, you’ve definitely missed the best song from a Swiss indie band!).

http://www.manana.fm/

Mañana – Miss Evening (MP3)
Mañana – Make A Tiger (MP3)

http://www.myspace.com/navelofswitzerland

Navel – For A While (MP3)
Navel – Frozen Soul (MP3)

http://www.choochootheband.com/

Choo Choo – I Ain’t Coming Home (No More) (MP3)
Choo Choo – Take It Easy (MP3)

Finally!!!

Good things come to those who wait! After their first success with Miss Evening, Swiss band Mañana will finally release their debut album Interruptions on August 15th. If you’re not familiar with the band, you should definitely check out their pages and listen to the songs. Miss Evening is – in my opinion – one of the best songs ever written by a Swiss band. If you don’t believe it, you can still stream it on the band’s MySpace, and order the EP on their official homepage. Or just fire up your iTunes and get all the music including the new album there.

Back to Interruptions: Mañana offer their first single, Make A Tiger, for free via MySpace (or here! 🙂 ), and I highly recommend that you get it while it’s there (or here! 🙂 🙂 ). My album copy is already pre-ordered, and I’m really looking forward to it… finally more music from one of the few promising bands from Switzerland!

http://www.manana.fm/
http://www.myspace.com/mananamusic

Mañana – Make A Tiger (MP3)

btw: the band has also announced some tour dates; I’ve seen them once before, and I can only urge you to go and see them if they’re playing in your neck of the woods! Check the dates on their MySpace.

Mixed Bag Of News


iLiKETRAiNS
will release their first album, Elegies Of Lessons Learnt, on October 1st. A single called Deception will also be released, on September 10th. Head over to the band’s MySpace to listen to Victress, the B-Side of the single. And here’s the tracklist for the album:

1. We All Fall Down
2. Twenty Five Sins
3. The Deception
4. Voice of Reason
5. Death of an Idealist
6. Remnants of an Army
7. We Go Hunting
8. Come Over
9. Spencer Perceval
10. Epiphany
11. Death is the End

Sweden’s Moonbabies will finally release their new album At The Ballroom in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on August 31st. Niiiiice!

The Moonbabies – Sun A.M. (MP3)

Swiss melancho-rockers Mañana will be going into the studio to record their debut album. If you haven’t heard of the band before, you should definitely check out the sound clips below, and if you’re a videogamer, you might already know their brilliant signature tune Miss Evening, which was on the soundtrack to Fifa Football 2005.

Mañana – Fast Days (MP3)
Mañana – Miss Evening (MP3)
Mañana – There It Goes (MP3)

Danes Spleen United are also giving the finishing touches to their second album. It will be released early 2008, and if it’s just nearly as good as the debut album, it will be a smash hit. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Another bit of news from Denmark, but not good ones: JoyceHotel have called it quits and no longer exist as a band. No news if any of the members will go solo. Sad news indeed!

The end of a band doesn’t necessarily mean the end of it all though. Brits Belarus are living proof. The band decided to split up a few months ago, just before their debut album was about to be released. Now the fine folks at Play Dead Records have put in an effort to save the works of Belarus, and finally, the album is ready to order! My copy is already on the way, and I’ll write about it when it’s here. In the meantime, please visit the band’s two myspace-sites and listen to some of the finest Britpop-tunes from this great band!

http://www.playdead.co.uk/

http://www.myspace.com/belarusband
http://www.myspace.com/belarusband2

And to complete this post, here are a few new songs that I recommend… full and free as ever! 🙂

Little Big Adventure – The Easiest Thing (MP3)

Northern Portrait – What Happens Next (MP3)

Sambassadeur – Subtle Changes (MP3, via Pitchfork)

Red Sleeping Beauty – Don’t Say You Love Me (MP3)