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Mancunian Candidate

by Mancunian Candidate

Mancunian Candidate is a full length album of epic progressive/symphonic rock lead by Drummer/Vocalist/Composer Matthew Swindells!
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Garden Party
2:36 $1.20
2. Secret of a Saint
2:37 $1.20
3. The Water's Cold
3:53 $1.20
4. Listing Towards Starboard (Operation Bright Star)
3:10 album only
5. Anikusdominuscrappedonfactor (Operation Bright Star)
3:42 album only
6. Return to the Sun (Operation Bright Star)
3:12 album only
7. Circle Lies Unbroken
6:47 $1.20
8. Mongers Among Us
3:50 $1.20
9. Access Denied (Waltz 57)
2:48 album only
10. The Phoenix (Waltz 57)
4:53 album only
11. The Air Has Changed (Too Much to Lose)
5:59 album only
12. His Story Won't Be Told (Too Much to Lose)
3:55 album only
13. Fanfare for the Damned (Too Much to Lose)
4:27 album only
14. Leslie's Friends (Garden Party Reprise)
5:47 $1.20
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Mancunian Candidate is the brainchild of drummer/vocalist Matthew Swindells and marks his return to the world of progressive, melodic and symphonic rock. Mancunian Candidate is a nine-song conceptual and cathartic set that ranges from vast cinematic and pastoral landscapes to angry, sneering and satirical rock.

Swindells lays down tight, punchy, explosive drumming that outlines the skeletal structure of the music. His vocal melodies soar in the tradition of Northern UK singers such as Eric Stewart, Jon Anderson, Sting, Francis Dunnery and Paul McCartney. Mellotrons, Moogs, organ and electronic sounds (also played by Swindells) deftly color the canvas.

Exceptional electric guitar performances by Matthew Charles Heulitt (Moetar, Narada Michael Walden, Ziggabo Modeliste) and Johnny Heyes (Mica Paris, Tito Jackson) are teeming with memorable riffs and sizzling solos.

The low-end is covered by a star-studded cast of bass players, with rumblings courtesy of
Matt Bissonette (Elton John, David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani), Neil Fairclough (Queen & Adam Lambert), Jon Evans (Tori Amos, Sarah Mclauchlan), Ollie Collins (Black Rivers, Alan Parsons, Badly Drawn Boy) and long-time Swindells collaborator Andy Shepley. Mandolin is played by Jasper Wilkinson (I Am Your Autopilot).

Swindells’s lyrics reference current world affairs but were inspired by a collection of short stories from the turn of the 19th century. The album wrestles with age-old issues of class division (Garden Party), abuse of power (Masque of the Red Death), consequences of unchecked corporatism (The Phoenix; Circle Lies Unbroken), the sham of organized religion and cultism (Secret of a Saint), and the perpetuation of war (Mongers Among Us; Too Much to Lose).

The songs echo and empathize with, the desperation and anger in a world that seems to be spinning out of control, regressing rather than progressing.

Swindells, who hails from Manchester, England, now resides in San Francisco. He served as drummer and vocalist in the highly acclaimed progressive rock band Moth Vellum. Matthew has also previously collaborated with Matt Bissonette singing lead vocals on the bassist’s 2004 release Raising Lazarus, which featured a Swindells original “Money in My Tea.” He was live tour drummer for electronic music pioneers Fila Brazillia and wrote, drummed and sang on Fila’s final opus Dix (2004).

Mancunian Candidate has a uniquely “Swindells Sound” but one can detect a lathering of Genesis and Yes; a hint of The Police, Rush and It Bites; a dash of Foo Fighters, The Roots, 10CC, Maceo Parker, Dixie Dregs, Thomas Dolby, King Crimson, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.



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