Former Mansun singer Paul Draper returns to active duty with the release of a lyric video for Cult Leader Tactics, his first new music for five years. You can watch the new video below. Sub-titled “a self-help manual on how to become a complete cult in the music industry” Cult Leader Tactics will be released through Kscope on January 28.
The new album is made up of extracts from a fictitious self-help manual ‘Cult Leader Tactics’, a parody of the self-help manual genre. After experiencing these types of human behaviour and themes, the album arrives at the conclusion the only true answer in life is love.
The new album, Draper’s first sine 2017’s Spooky Action, features a collaboration wit Steven Wilson on Omega Man and Gamaliel ‘Gam’ Rendle Traynor from the band Sweat, who played, arranged and engineered all strings (recorded at Sweat Studios, Peckham, London), as well as a 288-person C.L.T. Lockdown Choir who sing on Lyin’ Bout Who U Sleep With.
Draper plays the majority of the instruments on Cult Leader Tactics 11-tracks, including guitars, drum machines and synthesisers, on an album produced with long-time collaborator, acclaimed producer Paul ‘P-Dub’ Walton at the latter’s Loft Studios, with additional engineering by Scott Knapper.
Cult Leader Tactics will be available as a 4CD, 60-page hardback self-help manual, and a limited edition single gatefold Indie special with a bonus 7” single featuring a collaboration with Steven Wilson, as a gatefold single LP, a gatefold single LP indie-only release, comes with a bonus 7” featuring a second collaboration with Steven Wilson, a gatefold single coloured LP, digipack CD and digital.
Draper has announced a 21-date UK tour for February and March, playing stripped back versions of songs from the new album, Spooky Action and Mansun classics and rarities. You can see the dates below.
Paul Draper: Cult Leader Tactics
2. Dirty Trix
3. Cult Leader Tactics in E-Flat Minor
4. You’ve Got No Life Skills, Baby!
5. U Killed My Fish
6. Everyone Becomes A Problem Eventually
8. Talkin’ Behind My Back
9. Omega Man
10. Lyin’ ‘Bout Who U Sleep With
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MANSUN Attack Of The Grey Lantern (Rare 1997 UK 11-track 2-LP vinyl set, includes Stripper Vicar and Egg Shaped Fred, hype stickered gatefold picture sleeve with picture lyric inners and bonus fold-out poster PCS7387)
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MANSUN Wide Open Space (Rare 1998 UK 2-track promotional-only vinyl 12" for the EP [only released commercially on CD & 7"], including the Perfecto Mix plus Trouser Enthusiasts Hermaphrodite Circus Mix, custom picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little ringwear and the vinyl is in near as new condition 12RDJ6501)
- Paul Draper - Feeling My Heart Run Slow - Numbered - UK - 7" vinyl - £14.99, $18.59, €17.69 (New Item) (arrived 10-Dec-2021 15:02)on May 19, 2022 at 10:12 am
PAUL DRAPER Feeling My Heart Run Slow (2016 UK limited edition 2-track 7" vinyl single from the Mansun frontman, the 100th release in the Too Pure Singles Club series, also including 'No Ideas'. The vinyl looks barely played issued in the card picture sleeve which has been individually hand-numbered on the back! PURE328S) **Limited to 500 Copies Only**
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MANSUN She Makes My Nose Bleed (1997 UK limited edition 2-track 7" single pressed on RED VINYL, also including The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail, fold-out poster sleeve R6548)
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MANSUN One (1996 UK limited edition 4-track 7" EP, featuring Egg Shaped Fred, Ski Jump Nose, Thief & Lemonade Secret Drink. The picture sleeve is Excellent [tiny thumbnail paper split on back] & the vinyl appears barely played R6430)