Manuela – London dates in Dec – Debut album out now

Manuela – London dates in Dec – Debut album out now



“…a wonderful slice of art-pop” – Clash

“It’s a unique record unlike anything else you’re likely to hear this year” – The National

“Thoughtful poetry and wry charm set the tone” – The Skinny

“…deliriously addictive alt. pop yarns that examine the minutae of 21st century life” – The Line Of Best Fit


Manuela (vocalist and songwriter Manuela Gernedel and multi instrumentalist and producer Nick McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand, FFS), have announced a series of London dates for December.



2 Dec – London, Five Bells – with Witching Waves and The Plan

9 Dec – London, Union Chapel Daylight Music – with Pictish Trail (12-2pm)

10 Dec – London, Strongroom – Lost Map Christmas Party


Described by Clash as “…a wonderful slice of art-pop”, Manuela released their debut album, a joyous gem of addictive, eclectic, off-the-wall and instantly refreshing DIY pop, earlier this year via Pictish Trail’s Lost Map imprint. Listen the album in full here:

Austrian Manuela and her British-born husband Nick have been making music together on and off ever since they first met at a youth club summer party in the late 90s in Bavaria, Germany, where they both grew up. They moved to Glasgow together some years later after Manuela was offered a place at Glasgow School of Art to study painting. While living in Glasgow, Manuela performed with the short-lived band White Nights, who released one 7” EP via Paul Thompson’s NEW! label. Nick went on to join Franz Ferdinand, sell millions of records and tour the world, all the while continuing to make music with Manuela as Box Codax together with their long-term friend Alexander Ragnew, releasing two well-received albums Only An Orchard Away in 2006 and Hellabuster in 2011.

The album was recorded at Sausage, Nick’s studio in London and was co-produced and mixed by Sebastian Kellig. The album features players and friends old and new including Jim Dixon (Django Django), William Reese (Mystery Jets), Roxanne Clifford (Veronica Falls) and Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand) among many others.

Buy the album here:


“Slinky, understated dance-rock that shuffles along with echoing, escalating guitar lines and precise drums that snap with intent” – STEREOGUM

“Ragged post-punk meets disco that recalls the Bush Tetras, 99 Records and other juicy delights from New York’s early 80s underground” – CLASH

“Gernedel’s vocal steals the show… warm but reserved, arch but involving, calling to mind Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier in her open-hearted cool” – THE LIST


Listen to ‘Invincible’

Watch the video for ‘Supermarket’, directed by the artist Shana Moulton


Listen to Manuela’s debut album on Spotify  ///

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