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The Playground Will Release Boy Mandeville's "Gorilla" on the 30th of May via Around the Dial Records

The Haringey band Boy Mandeville are set to release their "Gorilla" on the 30th of May on Around the Dial Records.

London, United Kingdom, May 05, 2011 --( Boy Mandeville
Single: Gorilla
Label: Around the Dial Records
Release Date: 30th May (Digital Release) 6th June 2011
Launch Party: 27th May Nambucca, London

“The Haringey band’s sound is ostensibly rock-pop, but this is a rock-pop firmly doused in lazy sunshine, with elements of afrobeat, tango and all the rest contained amid the chirruping guitars.”

“There are other bands pursuing similar lines of musical fusion, (though) I’m not aware of any who do it with an equal level of infectious cheer.”

“There's a definite African guitar rhythm going on... that’s why I like it.”
Huw Stephens, Radio 1

Hotly-tipped quartet Boy Mandeville unleash their upcoming single “Gorilla” on the 6th of June via their own label “Around the Dial Records” and set off to make 2011 the “Year of the Gorilla.”

Hailing from Haringey, Jack Parris (vox/guitar), Mike Coxhead (vox/guitar), Brian Cantwell (bass) and Jono Cary (drums) exploded onto the London scene last year, setting themselves apart from the vast majority of emerging talent with their tightly chaotic live performances.

Having previously released on the highly respected East City Records (Chapel Club, Ten Bears, David’s Lyre), with radio play on BBC Radio 1, BBC6 Music, XFM and slots at Secret Garden Party and a lucky selection of other boutique festivals planned for later this year, Boy Mandeville have defined their deeply ambitious sound, weaving the musical fabrics and rhythms of southern-Africa with the brighter colours of Haringey.

As if caressed by a warm, tropical breeze, they’ve taken the wholesome flavours of indie-pop and combined them with calypso percussion and jam-style “jit-jive” guitar riffing; effortlessly blending the song writing sensibilities of Four Brothers, Paul Simon, and Fool’s Gold.

Produced and engineered by drummer Jono Cary (Lucy Rose, J.D Smith, Joe Fox) at collectively-built RAD studios in Manor House (Lulu and the Lampshades, Wild Palms, Tristram), “Gorilla” is written with the eloquence of a Romantic poet. Lyricist Jack Parris explains that it’s not about your average ape: “He's a silverback with a desire for power.” Exploring the dilemma between man’s natural-self and his modern environment, Jack begs the listener to take a step back and ask, “Am I wiser than a gorilla?" Let’s hope so.

Having already supported Bedouin Soundclash, Herve, James Yuill and Uffie - Ed Banger, their single launch is planned for 27th of May at the infamous Nambucca on Holloway Rd.

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