The bassist reveals the mood in the camp is "bouyant", and doesn't rule out a reunion with old Stone Roses buddy Ian Brown...
Mani said that the mood within the Scream camp is buoyant, despite having parted company with their long-time manager Alex Nightingale in August and then taking their accountant to court for allegedly stealing £55,000 from the band kitty.
Speaking in this week’s NME, on sale in London today (October 31) and the rest of the UK tomorrow, Mani said: “We’ve got about three (songs) we can throw down. We just wanna get it done and get it out tail end of next year, we’ve had a really good year of it, everything’s moving in the right direction. We just don’t wanna stop man.”
Describing the new material, Mani said: “It’s just gonna be madder than ‘Exterminator’. We’re probably gonna carry on in the similar vein, but then again, no-one can really predict what’s gonna happen… it might end up being a twisted, dub country and western LP. Y’know how fucking bizarre our lot are.”
Meanwhile, Mani has been asked to join MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer‘s new supergroup Mad For The Racket, alongside The Police‘s Stewart Copeland and Blondie‘s Clem Burke. He replaces original Guns N’ Roses bass player Duff ‘Rose’ McKagan who formed Mad For The Racket with Kramer earlier this year. They play Nottingham Rock City (November 13) and London 100 Club (14).
Mani says: “He asked me to do these two gigs. It’s a burden on me ‘cos I’m a busy boy and I’ve got to learn a set of like 14 or 15 songs but… I’m prepared to bust my arse to learn them ‘cos I get to play with bloody Wayne Kramer. You know our feelings about the MC5, so it’s amazing.”
After his stint with Mad For The Racket, Mani will once again join the ranks of the Scream for their December tour, which calls at Brighton Centre (December 17 ), Bristol Colston Hall (19), Birmingham Academy (20), Manchester Apollo (22) and Dublin Point (23). As previously reported on NME.COM, the band wind up the year at the Resolution 2000 New Year’s Eve event at London’s Alexandra Palace, supported by Asian Dub Foundation and Mani‘s old Stone Roses compadre, Ian Brown. It?ll be the first time that they have shared a stage since the Roses split in 1996 – and he didn’t rule out a future reunion: “I wouldn’t bet against it, but I wouldn’t put my shirt on it either. I don’t know really, I’m tempted to cut a track with him again… I don’t hold any grudges or animosity against anybody. What’s done is done. It just depends whether he’s got anything funky enough for me dunnit? Which I’m sure he has.”
See this week’s NME for the full story.