The Manhattan Syndrome

The Manhattan Syndrome

 Dublin, Leinster, IRL
BandAlternativePop

The Manhattan Syndrome mix an alternative and post rock soundscape with pop song sensibilities, making loud momentous songs that maintain an emphasis on melodic vocals and lyrics that explore feelings of isolation and alienation.

Biography

The Manhattan Syndrome are an indie/alternative band based in Dublin, Ireland. Mixing the sonic scope of Sigur Ros, the drive of Arcade Fire, and the mood of The National with their own pop sensibilities, they have forged a dynamic style of their own; a combination of simple hook driven songwriting with post-rock, momentous accompaniment.

In June 2011, The Manhattan Syndrome recorded their debut E.P, engineered and mixed by Alan Kelly in Windmill Lane, Ireland’s premier recording studios. ‘And we left it behind’ draws on influences as far ranging as Sigur Ros and Leonard Cohen while maintaining a polished, accessible sound that accommodates both the band’s driven rhythm and an emphasis on melody led vocals. Lyrically, sentiments of isolation and alienation surface throughout, backed by an eclectic and dynamic soundscape.

And We Left It Behind was released August 12th 2011 in hard copy. The entire E.P is also available for free download as the band's official website or at Last.fm

www.themanhattansyndrome.com

Praise for ‘And we left it behind’:

“this combination of musical, lyrical and vocal styles gels to create something special and almost other-worldly.”

- CollegeNews.com

Lyrics

Cold Company

Written By: Evan Heneghan

Cold Company
©The Manhattan Syndrome 2011

I made you out of tooth and nail,
From better parts that never failed,
Then I kissed you then I filled you up with love,
To be the one, by my side,
As I grew old, as I grew quiet,
To be the one that missed me when I died

So meet me by the factories,
Where I made you out of coal and steam,
I would change, I would change the recipe,
Through artistry, and alchemy,
And bringing out the best in me,
You would stay, you would stay by my side

Where I could bind you, Where I could blind you,
Where I would guide you home.

So meet me by the factories,
Where I made you out of coal and steam,
I would change, I would change the recipe,

I have faded like the colours of summer,
You fly high with the sun on your back,
Somewhere new sirens are singing on these shores,
I lie and I die in the dinosaur tracks

Cold love, it means nothing to me, it never has and it never could,
If there’s a God, looking down on me, with love to give it’s getting hard to tell,
I need life, I have love to give, hands that hold and lungs that live,
Cold love, it means nothing to me, it never has and it never will.

Carnival

Written By: Jamie McHugh

Carnival
©The Manhattan Syndrome 2011

I think I can see what you see in me,
Hey! Hey!
When I come home, that’s when I come home
Hey! Stay!

Stay where I can see you...
Don’t go, I’ll be waiting for you,
Stay until you’re lost inside!

I think I can see what you see in me
Oh we’re gonna get back, oh we’re gonna get there

The Manhattan Syndrome

Written By: Evan Heneghan

The Manhattan Syndrome
©The Manhattan Syndrome 2011

Wrap me in warmth and make me feel loved,
I’ve been so far removed from the things you dreamed of,
The coldness that runs me will freeze me until I burst.

I forget how it was I forget everything,
I trace fingers down lines where the creasing begins,
You fold more than I fold and that’s not the way it has been.

We can try if we want but it won’t be the same,
Take walks in the park but it won’t be the same,
Pull my heart from your arms as you wrap yourself around me.

Darling you can’t keep running to see me,
Put your hands to your heart and say it feels empty,
Lick the wounds on your sides and stay with you until they dry.

I’ll stay part of your life, say you fit like a glove,
I feel so far removed from the people you love,
Hold me close like a shield and squeeze me until it hurts.

We can try if we want but it won’t be the same,
Take walks in the park but it won’t be the same,
Pull my heart from your arms as you wrap yourself around me.

I don’t want the world to spread you so thin,
To hold you, control you, get under your skin,
To watch you grow old when the others have gone,
The reasons to hold on they die one by one.

We can try if we want but it won’t be the same,
Take walks in the park but it won’t be the same,
Pull my heart from your arms as you wrap yourself around me.

Hollow Heads

Written By: Evan Heneghan

Hollow Heads
©The Manhattan Syndrome 2011

I tried to show I cared, with the things that I did,
To cut open your heart, with the things that I said,
And now you’ve gone away, you’ll be here still,
In so many ways

I tried to fight the night, but the spark went cold,
And you were lost, to the winding road,
The night you left I died, if not for you,
I’d live for myself.

Alone and home again, Alone and home again

I thought that I could fight with the hope that I held,
Until the darkness rolled out of my head
I won’t be home this year, but the crack in your voice,
Says that I will be missed.

A lonely home again, A lonely home again,
A lonely home again, A lonely home again.

Discography

And We Left It Behind (E.P)