Manilla Green | Bittersweet Byway

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Bittersweet Byway

by Manilla Green

Indie-rock injected with melodic pop that will have you singing, swinging and ringing in the good times.
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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1. You Know
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2. Lady Of The Scene
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3. Sunday Morning
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4. Mr Rad
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5. Giving It Away
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6. New Song (A Little Bit of Fantasy)
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Album Notes
Having just released their debut EP Bittersweet Byway recorded by ARIA winning producer Jonathan Burnside and mastered in LA by Stephen Marcussen (Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Fratellis), the boys are having an excellent 2008! After four or so years gigging about the place (sharing the stage with acts such as Young and Restless, The Cops, The Inches and Unpaid Debt) things have really clicked and people are noticing. Skratch Magazine in LA and Starving Kids Records in Brisbane have both included demo versions of Manilla Green\'s tunes on their latest CD samplers. The boys have also enjoyed playing a lot more shows outside their home state with some of their most loyal supporters calling towns like Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra & Newcastle home. All in all, the lads are
pretty happy with their new recording as it attracts airplay at home and abroad.


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Excellent Debut EP That Spans A Variety of Rock-Based Genres
“Bittersweet Byway” is the excellent debut EP from Australia\'s Manilla Green that spans a variety of rock-based genres. In a mere six songs, Manilla Green moves the listener from folk to alt-country to indie pop, and old school punk to rock & roll, laying down memorable tracks in each genre. Incorporating sound effects, children\'s voices, whistles, hand claps, harmonica, and piano into the arrangements, Manilla Green provide melodic, incredibly catchy toe-tapping songs you\'ll find yourself singing along to. At his most natural, the lead singer\'s poppy vocals sound like an alt-country version of Phantom Planet, but for the rock & roll and old school punk tracks he seems to channel the likes of Billy Bragg and Johnny Rotten. “Bittersweet Byway” was produced by acclaimed producer Jonathan Burnside, and it sounds excellent and ready for airplay, both in Australia and the rest of the world. “Lady Of The Scene” has a slower arrangement with piano, shakers, drums, guitar, featuring great heartfelt lyrics and a catchy chorus. “Giving It Away” has an excellent toe-tapping arrangement with both acoustic and electric guitar, a nice bass line, a great drum beat, and more great lyrics. “Bittersweet Byway” is a superb introduction to a talented, up-and-coming band with tons of potential. Fans of a variety of rock genres and great indie rock, check out Manilla Green.