Former Mansun singer Paul Draper returns to active duty with the release of a lyric video for Cult Leader Tactics, his first new music for five years. You can watch the new video below. Sub-titled "a self-help manual on how to become a complete cult in the music industry" Cult Leader Tactics will be released through Kscope on January 28.
The new album is made up of extracts from a fictitious self-help manual ‘Cult Leader Tactics’, a parody of the self-help manual genre. After experiencing these types of human behaviour and themes, the album arrives at the conclusion the only true answer in life is love.
The new album, Draper's first sine 2017's Spooky Action, features a collaboration wit Steven Wilson on Omega Man and Gamaliel ‘Gam’ Rendle Traynor from the band Sweat, who played, arranged and engineered all strings (recorded at Sweat Studios, Peckham, London), as well as a 288-person C.L.T. Lockdown Choir who sing on Lyin’ Bout Who U Sleep With.
Draper plays the majority of the instruments on Cult Leader Tactics 11-tracks, including guitars, drum machines and synthesisers, on an album produced with long-time collaborator, acclaimed producer Paul ‘P-Dub’ Walton at the latter’s Loft Studios, with additional engineering by Scott Knapper.
Cult Leader Tactics will be available as a 4CD, 60-page hardback self-help manual, and a limited edition single gatefold Indie special with a bonus 7” single featuring a collaboration with Steven Wilson, as a gatefold single LP, a gatefold single LP indie-only release, comes with a bonus 7” featuring a second collaboration with Steven Wilson, a gatefold single coloured LP, digipack CD and digital.
Draper has announced a 21-date UK tour for February and March, playing stripped back versions of songs from the new album, Spooky Action and Mansun classics and rarities. You can see the dates below.
Paul Draper: Cult Leader Tactics
2. Dirty Trix
3. Cult Leader Tactics in E-Flat Minor
4. You’ve Got No Life Skills, Baby!
5. U Killed My Fish
6. Everyone Becomes A Problem Eventually
8. Talkin’ Behind My Back
9. Omega Man
10. Lyin’ ‘Bout Who U Sleep With
Paul Draper Live Dates:
Feb 27: Oxford O2 Academy
Feb 28: Reading Sub89
Mar 1: Chester The Live Room
Mar 2: Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Mar 4: Abrdeen The Tunnels
Mar 5: Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Club
Mar 6: Birmingham The O2 Institute
Mar 8: Norwich The Waterfront Studio
Mar 9: Manchester Gorilla
Mar 10: Hull Social On Humber Street
Mar 11: Sheffeiled The Leadmill - The Steel Stage
Mar 12: Newcastle St. Doms
Mar 14: Cardiff The Globe
Mar 15: Exeter Phoenix
Mar 16: Bristol The Fleece
Mar 17: Leicester O2 Academy 2
Mar 18: Bedford Esquires
Mar 20: Bournemouth The Old Fire Station
Mar 21: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Mar 22: Brighton Komedia
Mar 23: London Islington Assembly Hall