Frontman Paul Draper gives NME.COM the lowdown on the new record - and we can reveal full details of a UK tour...

Mansun singer PAUL DRAPER has told NME.COM how a bizarre injury to guitarist DOMINIC CHAD delayed work on their new album for five months.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, Draper said their new record is almost complete, and they hope to premiere the songs at a low-key tour in May. He wants the group to use the dates to finalise which songs should be released in the future as singles from the album.

Explaing Chad’s injury, he said: “We’ve got most of the album recorded now. About March last year we went away to do some writing but the guitarist broke his hand so we couldn’t record. We recorded the first stuff in October or November, just before Christmas.


“I know he fell into a fire grate. It’s properly disgusting. He’s got a pin in it now and it’s all healed up but there’s a bone sticking out, it’s weird. He couldn’t use his hand for four or five months, it was pretty knackered. But it’s totally cool now, it just looks a bit weird.”

Fifteen songs are recorded for the album, which has the working title ‘Mansun’. Draper said that they hoped to capture their live sound on the new project.

He continued: “Looking back at the last tour we all realised that once we’d played all the songs live they had a lot more life in them. The reason people like Mansun is because of what we do at the gigs and that’s what we try to capture (on the new record).”

Draper said that the group will revisit some of the new songs off the back of the tour, but four tracks, ‘Keep Telling Myself’, ‘Slipping Away’, ‘These Days’ and ‘Getting Your Way’ are potential singles.

“We want to see people’s reactions,” he pleaded. “We’re going to make a decision at the end of May. We’ll play them all on the tour. We’re a bit too close at the minute.”

The tour calls at: Manchester MDH (May 4)


Stoke Sugarmill (5)

Sheffield Leadmill (6)

Leeds Cockpit (8)

Glasgow King Tut’s (9)

Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (10)

Whitehaven Civic Hall (11)

Leicester De Montfort Hall (13)

Cambridge Junction (14)

Bristol Fleece & Firkin (15)

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (16)

Brighton Concorde (18)

Oxford Zodiac (19)

Dudley JBs (20)

Liverpool University (21)

Ticket details will be confirmed shortly.