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*Mañana

*Mañana, commonly referred to as Mañana, are a five-man band from Basel, Switzerland. They are a five piece band, with Manuel Bürkli performing the vocals and guitar, Jan Krattiger on guitar, Jenny Jans on piano, Samuel Burri on bass, and Lorenz Hunziker on drums.

History

Mañana were first founded by Manuel Bürkli and Jan Krattiger, when they were an acoustic duo, before coming together with bassist Samuel Burri, pianist Stephan Bader and drummer Lorenz Hunziker.

They started performing in local venues around Basel, before supporting for their local heroes Lovebugs in 2003.

They were quickly snapped up by the label Inside Agency, and soon begun recording some of their songs. Soon enough they were supporting for even bigger bands, including well-known British acts I Am Kloot and Keane, Mew and even a-ha.

Mañana's first record, Fast Days EP, was released in December 2003 throughout Switzerland. It contained five tracks from which the band had recently recorded.

The band was then able to gain world wide exposure, with their signature track, "Miss Evening", being featured on the soundtrack of EA Sports game, FIFA 2005. The song, which had been getting frequent airplay in Switzerland and around Europe, was heard by hundreds of thousands of people, who would form the basis of their wide and dedicated fan base.

In late 2004, "Miss Evening" was released as Mañana's first single, around Switzerland. But to combat the increasing global demands for their music, their Fast Days EP and "Miss Evening" single were soon released for legal download on iTunes, Sony Connect and Amazon. The CD version of the EP was a hot seller at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square, where staff made a Manana shelf display.

Feeling that their popularity had grown enough, Mañana embarked on their first ever tour, of Northern Europe in Autumn 2005. This included nine shows in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Sweden. They finished the tour with five shows in England, including Liverpool's Cavern Club and headlined the Dublin Castle in London's hipster paradise of Camden Town.

A new album has been in planning since early-2005 under the guidance of Swiss label Coffee, and in August 2007 it was announced that they would begin recording their album, in both Basel and Hamburg. Demos of their new songs Time/Gently and Some Kid have been played on Mañana's MySpace page, however.

In recent times, Mañana has been performing in numerous festivals and events around Switzerland.

Mañana released their debut full album (Interruptions) in August 2008.

Musical style and influences

Mañana play an essential alternative rock, with heavy influences from indie pop and indie rock.

They are influenced by British bands Doves, U2, and The Verve. In more recent times they have looked up to their fellow Swiss band Lovebugs. The band says it is their goal to create 'their own style'.

On their website, the band's music is described as:

"A melodic indie mixture of pop, rock & experimental elements, inspired—among others—by the British bands of the past few years. Dreamy melodies & sudden emotional outbursts meet, letting arise deeply melancholic, but at the same time unshakeably optimistic songs.

Despite being from Switzerland, almost all of Mañana's lyrics are in English.

Discography

Albums

  • Interruptions (2008):
  • Loyalty
  • Unbalance
  • Make A Tiger
  • Broken Solid Side
  • Monster
  • Red
  • Elephant
  • Little Lights
  • Berliner Blau
  • Roadside Museum

EPs

  • Fast Days (2005):
  • Fast Days
  • Miss Evening
  • There It Goes
  • English Garden
  • Funny Faces

Singles

From Fast Days:

  • "Miss Evening" (2005)
    (2004)

From Interruptions:

  • "Make A Tiger" (2008)

References

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