Q & As with Manor

Manor have released two awesome tunes in ‘Rhodesia’ and ‘Afghan Hound’, and are in the process of working on some new singles. We caught up with the band to learn more about who Manor are and what they are about. Here is what they had to say…

Who are Manor? How did you two meet and come to make music together?

We met a few years ago at a gig at The Espy in St Kilda. We didn’t say anything to each other and avoided talking for close to six months because we both thought the other rude. We became housemates in 2010 in Adelaide and started writing between touring and day jobs. There was no real purpose to the song writing then, and we don’t use any of that material now but it fine tuned our “DIY” sound.

Why did you choose to play under the name Manor? What were the other names you considered?

We chose Manor because it was a pretty good description of the kind of space we are in when we write. Not literally a manor, but a sort of open mindset with a nod to older styles of composition but with a unique direction and sound. We considered other names like Loft, Actress and Kønig, but they seemed more solo artisty.

What music are you guys into? What was your first album and what is the album that had the biggest impact on each of you?

We’re in the process of updating our record collection and we take it in turns buying each week. The rule is that we get one old favourite and one new release. The last one I got was Department of Eagles “In Ear Park” as the former, and Dirty Projectors, “Swing Lo Magellan” which sounds so great! First albums we bought? Powderfinger’s “Vulture Street” and Nathaniel got a Beach Boys greatest hits compilation.

Where was the first ever live show Manor did, and who were you supporting?

We supported Last Dinosaurs at Jive in Adelaide with a seven piece line up consisting of drummer, two guitars, bass and two back up vocalists in the form of my sisters! One of my favourite ever shows for that reason!

You have been working on an EP with the likes of Lee Groves and Joe Lambert, both of who have helped some pretty big acts add the finishing touches to their music. What is it like working with such heavyweights, and when is the EP due?

We’re not really focussing on writing an EP, because we have so many songs that we’re working on all the time. When the time is right we’ll decide if a song belongs on the EP or an LP. We’re basically putting the finishing touches on a couple of potential singles before we send it off to Lee and Joe. It’s exciting and humbling to work with such accomplished engineers, they were really supportive and complementary about “Afghan Hound” and we can’t wait to hear what they do on some new songs!

What does the future hold for Manor in 2013?

We’re focussing on fine tuning the live show and finishing the album and EP at the same time.

Be sure to check out Manor on Facebook and listen to their tracks here.


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