The Manvils

The Manvils

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
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The Manvils hold true to classic pop sensibilities with bellowing vocals on the wild side & a dose inspiration from The Clash to The Libertines. After a personal invitation by Agency Group President, Ralph James, to headline a 2010 NXNE showcase at The Supermarket, The Manvils are ready to go...

Biography

There's a ringing majesty to "Turpentine", the first single from The Manvils’ new self-titled album, released through upstart Vancouver indie label Sandbag Records. It comes in with a magnetic flourish from Mikey Manville’s white, 1956 Gibson Les Paul Jr., a beefy double-time beat, a chiming wall of guitars, and the kind of covertly brilliant chorus that REM used to manufacture out of thin air.

It's a decisive and muscular way to start a record, and with expectations as high as they were, it had to be. The music video for "Turpentine" stars Manvils fan and Hollywood actor, John Savage (The Deer Hunter, Thin Red Line), and in late 2009, the single charted on Galaxy Rock Satellite Radio from medium to heavy rotation.

The album producer was Ryan Dahle (Limblifter, Hot Hot Heat engineer) who spent two years in the production of the 11 song self-titled album.

In 2008, after starring in a national Budweiser ad campaign that aired during the Super Bowl and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, The Manvils contributed eight songs to the Space Network thriller "Never Cry Werewolf", provided the musical score for the CBC Humanity award-winning documentary "Moscow Freestyle", and set out on a major North American tour that saw them in New York, L.A. and Toronto three times in six months.

In 2009, the bands hot streak continued. The Manvils were hand picked by Bif Naked to support her national tour and upon their return, graced the cover of Vancouver's #1 entertainment magazine, The Georgia Straight, and rocked the 2009 Virgin Fest main stage crowd, supporting Sonic Youth, Jarvis Cocker, Metric and Ben Harper.

Since its release, the album and first single "Turpentine" had garnered impressive international reviews. Pop-Matters and Access Magazine both scored "The Manvils" 8/10. Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail proclaimed "Turpentine" "...a killer single that is lustrous and bold ***/4" and SoundProof Magazine scored the album four stars out of five.

"A bright energy exists in every corner of this record,” says front-man Mikey Manville. “In every chorus, and every verse. Each time I hear it, still, it overwhelms me with how proud I am of these guys, and how dedicated Ryan was. We took these songs that were written on acoustic guitar in my living room, and they were transformed into something that I'm gonna be proud of for a very, very long time."

Lyrics

Turpentine

Written By: Mikey Manville

holding heavy lives
we lost the road to fall back
when the cure has lost it’s colour
over rust aching grace
this rust aching grace
this rust aching grace
it goes
la la la la la la la la la la

give me a shot of your turpentine
give me a shot of your turpentine lies

with modern comes a new black
will courage breed a new age?
a cure is delivered
on this rust aching face
this rust aching face
this rust aching face
it goes
la la la la la la la la la la

give me a shot of your turpentine
give me a shot of your turpentine
we’re-gonna-get-caught-in-your-turpentine-lies

The Stoker

Written By: Mikey Manville

you had to deliver us
a race to the sea - yeah!
a fight on the western front
i cut around like a meat man

only the guilty
are breaking in
with hard soles
hard soles
from walking on coke
you are the stoker
beneath the seas
a burning coal

bury your face in hand
balance on heavy legs
it’s high tide in the hold
the brass above your head

only the guilty
are breaking sound
with hard soles
hard soles
from walking on coke
you are the stoker
beneath the seas

divided by a broken sound
if we lose the stoker - we lose the crowd
the barriers of a positive meltdown
if we lose the people - we lose the crown
the barriers!
the barriers!
the barriers!
we break down
we break down
we break
hard soles
hard sole
you are the stoker
when the shores become the road

Substation

Written By: Mikey Manville

we drive a new substation through the wall
we are all the last electric arc
a curtain call

is there power to concede to?
hold back your true reactions
generate us

we drive a new substation through the wall
we are on the last electric arc
a curtain call

dividing currents
with no faults from the line
dividing currents
with no faults from the line
generate us

we drive a new substation
the last electric arc

Discography

The Manvils LP - 2009 SBR

Strange Disaster EP - 2007 SBR

Buried Love LP - 2006 SBR

Set List

Good Luck Club
Castaway
The Stoker
Turpentine
Substation
Strange Disaster
Alone With You
Black Tornado
Hot Volcano Like
Between the Lashes
Hollow Hands
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Madame Guillotine
Undertow
Buried Love