The Manhattan Syndrome
The Manhattan Syndrome are an Indie/Alternative band based in Dublin, Ireland. A five piece, they consist of:
•Anna Murray – Bass, Keys, Computer.
•Evan Heneghan – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals.
•Jamie McHugh – Bass, Keys.
•Pearse Healy – Electric Guitar, Bass.
•Sean Hughes – Percussion.
Originating in the West of Ireland, and having played together in various forms since adolescence, The Manhattan Syndrome was formed conclusively in early 2011. All had relocated to Dublin by that stage, to attend college in Maynooth, and they began writing and gigging in venues like Whelan’s, The Twisted Pepper, and The Workman’s Club. In summer 2011 they took to the studio to record their debut EP. ‘And we left it behind’ was the product of realisation, new found enthusiasm, and a creative synchronicity that drives the band forward.
“The EP is moving, thought-provoking and a perfect example of the talent that is brewing in Ireland’s underground music scene….Easy to listen to, and even easier to love.” – Goldenplec.com
The critical reaction to the EP was hugely positive. Music bloggers and journalists from across Europe, the USA, and China published enthusiastically about the songs, giving rise to a very multi-cultural and broad fanbase. The tail end of 2011 saw some great coverage at home in Ireland also, with the popular music blog Swear I’m Not Paul placing ‘And we left it behind’ in the top 5 Irish EPs of the year, among such rising stars as Tenaka, Spies, Come on Live Long, and The Holy Roman Army. ‘Carnival’ was also featured in The Point Of Everything‘s top 30 songs of the year.
“This combination of musical, lyrical and vocal styles gels to create something special and almost other-worldly.” – CollegeNews.com
In summer 2013, The Manhattan Syndrome recorded their first album, to be called 'Goodbye Iowa'. The album is currently in the final stages of production. Release and gig dates to be announced soon.
Irish alternative/pop group The Manhattan Syndrome are building momentum with their ‘mesmerizing’ debut EP ‘And We Left It Behind’.
Taking influence from the drive of Arcade Fire, the mood of The National, and their own pop-sensibilities; The Manhattan Syndrome have forged a dynamic style of their own. ‘And We Left It Behind’ accommodates both the band’s driven rhythm and an emphasis on melody led vocals. Sentiments of isolation and alienation surface throughout, backed by a sometimes sparse, sometimes epic sound-scape.
’And we left it behind’ is now available for download free at: www.themanhattansyndrome.com
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“The EP is moving, thought-provoking and a perfect example of the talent that is brewing in Ireland’s underground music scene….Easy to listen to, and even easier to love”
“This combination of musical, lyrical and vocal styles gels to create something special and almost other-worldly.”
“The Manhattan Syndrome are special… And We Left It will leave you stretching for the repeat button as well as a box of tissues”
“…probably among the most beautiful songs I’ve heard this year… masterful, organic and mesmerizing… I really hope this is not the last we hear from The Manhattan Syndrome”
- Wasfuersohr blog.