The band have to be given oxygen after escaping from a recording studio blaze...

Mansun had to be given oxygen after escaping from a “chaotic” fire in a recording studio in BATH while making their eagerly-awaited new album ‘Little Kix’, out on August 14 through Parlophone .

According to a report in this week’s Melody Maker, the band had returned to a studio-owned flat in the town after recording the B-sides to their new single ‘I Can Only Disappoint U’. Drummer Andie Rathbone fell asleep whilst watching television, but was woken when the set exploded into flames, igniting a blaze which spread through the rest of the flat.

The rest of the band, vocalist Paul Draper, bassist Stove King and guitarist Dominic Chad were sleeping in upstairs bedrooms when the fire broke out, but were alerted to the blaze by a fire alarm. All band members escaped with no serious injuries, but were given oxygen by local fire authorities.

A spokesperson for the band told “It happened a few weeks ago…it was really quite bad. Things became chaotic when they tried to get out of the flat. Afterwards the band were definitely shocked by what had happened to them.”

Mansun release ‘I Can Only Disappoint U’ on July 31 through Parlophone, the first single from the band’s forthcoming album, their third. The album has been produced in part by Mike Hunter, who also worked on Mansun‘s last two albums.

Speaking previously about the record, Draper described the new material as “some of the best songs we’ve ever done”.

The band are scheduled to make two live performances at the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (August 17) and Brighton Concorde (18) to warm up for their performances at this year’s V2000 festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford (19) and Weston Park, Staffordshire (20).

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