Draper intends to release a new album, following the split of the band in 2003
Former Mansun frontman Paul Draper is set to release a solo track entitled ‘Feeling My Heart Run Slow’.
The track will be unveiled this Saturday (August 23) at the sold-out Mansun Convention at The Live Rooms in the band’s hometown of Chester. The convention will feature Q&A sessions, displays of instruments, unseen archive footage, the first airing of previously unreleased tracks and displays of rare photos from the EMI archive by Pennie Smith, pictured.
Speaking about the song and the event, Draper explained that he intends on releasing a whole album full of solo songs. “The event organisers contacted me to see if I’d help them out in any way towards the event so I gave them some of my old Mansun memorabilia for a charity auction.”
“I also said that I’d play them a solo track of mine, so I booked some studio time and recorded a few songs,” he continued. “I’d originally planned on recording a solo album called ‘Spooky Action’ after Mansun split but shelved it as I wasn’t in a place personally that I could make music at the time. However, the recording session went so well that we decided to do a second recording session and I loved playing so much with my new band that I’m putting together a whole album of these songs now. We’ve got on a real roll in the studio.”
He added that the new song is “partially electronic and partially rock.” Draper explained, “I wrote the lyrics a while back when I was in a dark place and it’s all about how you feel when you hit the worst place you can ever hit. But now I’m in a good place, so it’s a bit scary hearing myself sing these pretty dark words finally, and it’s also a bit daunting letting people hear these songs after so much speculation about me releasing a solo record. I’ve done it now though, so I just hope the fans who have kept the legacy of Mansun alive for so long like it and that I don’t let them down. I’m shocked myself that people still love the band so passionately. I gave everything to that band, and it makes it feel like it was worth it now.”
Mansun broke up in 2003, whilst recording their fourth album. A spokesman for the band said: “After nearly eight years together, they decided that Mansun had run its course and it is time to do other things.” At the time, guitarist Dominic Chad added: “(There’s) nothing sinister behind it, it was completely amicable. We all just want to be able to do other things.” The band scored a UK Number One album in 1997 with their debut effort ‘The Attack Of The Grey Lantern’.