Mano de Dios

Mano de Dios

 London, England, GBR
BandLatinRock

Flamenco guitarist Jackson Scott’s, Mano de Dios were described by Vogue as “gypsy jazz-cum-Ian Drury-cum-Madness”. They've blown away festivals for 3 years, opened for the Gipsy Kings & Razorlight & released a debut album produced by Youth who called them "an anarchic gang of errant gypsy playboys”

Biography

Jackson Scott has played guitar since he could stand upright. His passion for flamenco and gypsy music was inspired by his upbringing near Seville and travels through India. In 2007 he met Cuban bass player Jimmy Martinez and Roberto Ares, who had recently returned from studying percussion in Brazil. Together they formed ‘Mano de Dios’ - a pun on Maradona’s famous excuse – joined later by Sky Murphy, playing guitar and trombone. The result is a rugged blend of flamenco, punk, blues, rumba and samba. They have been described as ‘The Spanish Pogues’ and the ‘Indie Gypsy Kings’.

In 2008, Mano recorded their first EP with Queen producer, Josh Macrae. Picked up later, by legendary producer Youth, their new recordings see them moving in a more ‘gypsy punk’ direction. Eclectic by nature, Mano have played everywhere from The Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury to the Guggenheim museum. They have supported Roxy Music, The Peth, Shaggy and The Clash’s Mick Jones.

PRESS RELEASE:

Jackson Scott’s ‘Mano de Dios’ release their new gypsy punk single produced by Youth.

Flamenco guitarist, Jackson Scott’s latino crossover band, Mano de Dios, will release ‘Why do we do it?’ / ‘Blue Eyes’, digitally and as a Limited Edition 7”, on 9th May. A free download track will also be available via the website. The debut album is scheduled for release in the second half of 2011.

Mano de Dios have been a stalwart on the UK festival circuit over the last 2 years and have earned a reputation for show stopping performances. This brought them to the attention of Youth who was keen to capture this energy in the studio. What Rick Rubin has done for Gogol Bordello in the US, Youth is doing for Mano de Dios in the UK.

Youth, one time bassist of Killing Joke, has produced an eclectic mix of acts ranging from Siouxsie and the Banshees to The Futureheads and the Orb to the Verve. The diversity of his work resembles the assorted make-up of Mano de Dios. Bassist, Jimmy Martinez is Cuban and drummer Roberto Ares perfected his craft in Brazil. Together they build a tight yet playful rhythm platform that allows Celtic guitarist and trombonist, Sky, to duet mischievously with Spanish born front man, Jackson Scott. As the main songwriter, Scott’s colourful reputation seems justly deserved. His compositions swing between the obscure and the oppressed, the cryptic and the downright crazy, with a nasal vocal that recalls Tom Waits. ‘Why do we do it?’ a young man’s lament - learning to ‘turn the page’ too early, and last year’s festival anthem ‘Blue Eyes’, complement each others’ two-step rhythms well. The hotly anticipated album also contains rumbas, paso dobles and other Spanish language songs.

Youth said: “Jackson’s band is an anarchic gang of errant gypsy playboys. They are infectious live and that’s what we’ve been trying to capture. Their on stage chemistry and madness reminds me of the days when musicians had attitude as well as aptitude.”

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SELECT PRESS:

“Precociously talented singer and guitarist Jackson Scott leads Mano de Dios. Their fusion of flamenco, punk, rumba and samba recalls The Pogues, Tom Waits and Nick Cave, while retaining a
blazing Latino aesthetic that sets them apart from their peers.” www.spoonfed.co.uk

“...introducing acts including gypsy punk band, Mano De Dios, who created quite a stir at Glastonbury.” Hillingdon and Uxbridge Times

“...sarcastic, playful and engaging, with the crowd left begging for more.” www.bigchill.net

“....an eclectic and rugged mix of flamenco, punk, rumba and samba” The Daily Mail

“Mano de Dios, Chairlift, and Kelis put on mini-concerts for the likes of Agyness Deyn, Leigh Lezark, and Chanel Iman” www.style.com

“...they cause irresistible movements in your limbs, rather like having some red dancing shoes on.” www.thomasinamiers.com

“Their fast-paced flamenco, ragtime gyspy vibes had the gardeners...lead a merry dance” www.neverenoughnotes.co.uk

Lyrics

Why do we do it?

Written By: Jackson Scott & Mano de Dios

Well you learn to tell lie, from a very early age
Then the lie becomes a truth
So you learn to turn the page
And all you do is sing
To the people who surround you
And all you do is sing
About the ones you left behind

Why do we play all those foolish games we play?
Time is too short
And the clock ticks away

Why do we do it now why do we do it now?
When we’ve got nothing to say
Why do we do it now why do we do it now?
When we’ve got nothing to say
Why do we do it now why do we do it now?
We’ve let our minds run astray
Why do we do it now why do we do it now?
Were always running away

Yeah why does the sun never shine on a cloudy day?
Why when its good things are always your way

Well my end has been trying
To remember all the rules
So that your watermelon eyes
Do not collapse in little balls
And all you do is sing
About the people who surround you
And all you do is sing
To the ones you left behind

Why do we play all those foolish games we play?
Time is too short
And the clock ticks away

Why do we do it now why do we do it now?
Nothings the same every day
Why do we do it now why do we do it now?
Were always running away
Why do we do it now why do we do it now?
When we’ve got nothing to say
Why do we do it now why do we do it now?
We let our minds run away

Discography

Mano de Dios 'Sleep through the morning light' Album (2012)

1.Blue eyes
2.Why do we do it?
3.Sleep through the morning light
4.All roads lead back home
5.Mandinga
6.Shadows in my mind
7.Lo quiere todo
8.Up so late
9.Lay your head down
10.Need some light
11.Creme caramel
12. Why do we do it (alt)

Mano de Dios Promo CD for May Single Release / Album (2011)

1. Why Do We Do It? (Single)
2. Blue Eyes (B-side)
3. Mandinga (B-side)
4. Lay Your Head Down (Album preview track)
5. Crème Caramel
6. Why Do We Do It? (Alt)

Mano de Dios EP (2009)

1. Blue Eyes (Jackson Scott & Mano de Dios)
2. Bei mir bist du schön (Jacobs and Secunda)
3. Need Some Light (Jackson Scott & Mano de Dios)
4. Green Eyes (Jackson Scott & Mano de Dios)
5. Volveras (Jackson Scott & Mano de Dios)

Mano de Dios EP (2008) - available on itunes

1. Volveras (Roberto Ares & Mano de Dios)
2. Dance with Me (Jackson Scott & Mano de Dios)
3. Bei mir bist du schön (Jacobs and Secunda)
4. Up so Late (Jackson Scott & Mano de Dios)