Phil Collen, Paul Cook and Simon Laffy
The electrifying London-based alternative dub-punk-rock band ManRaze release “punkfunkrootsrock” on 15 August 2011 via Edel’s international rock label, earMUSIC distributed in the UK & Republic of Ireland by Absolute via Universal. The band was formed by iconic lead guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard and also features punk rock legend Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols on drums and Simon Laffy, bassist with Collen’s former glam-band, Girl. ManRaze boasts one of the world’s most gifted guitarists, an iconic rock drummer and a soul stirring rhythmic bass player. These guys have the experience that comes from selling more than 75 million records, achieving 2 diamond albums and helping to define rock music. Stir in a North, East and West London rudeboy attitude and you’ve got ManRaze.
“Punkfunkrootsrock”is the follow-up to their debut “Surreal” and features twelve fiery new tracks highlighting their love of rock/dub/soul. “punkfunkrootsrock” has been concocted by three powerful musicians who possess the energy, charisma and ability to meld their influences from the genres that have shaped them into one potent sound.
1. Over My Dead Body / 2. I C U In Everything / 3. All I Wanna Do / 4. Closer To Me / 5. Lies / 6. Get Action / 7. Edge Of The World / 8. Dreamland / 9. Fire / 10. I, Superbiker / 11. Bittersweet / 12. Dogbite (Instrumental)
Phil Collen’s powerful vocals, catchy choruses and perfectly toned guitar complement the solid drums from Paul Cook and Simon Laffy’s strong bass. The album is an energetic blast from first to the last. The opener – and first single – ‘Over My Dead Body’ is a statement of intent, signaling what is to follow. While ‘I C U In Everything’ is a pure rocker, ‘Closer To Me’ shows off the dance vibe and the overall pop element that Phil is known for. The song ‘I, Superbiker’ was even featured as the theme song for the documentary of the same name in the spring 2011. A perfectly arranged rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s classic ‘Fire’ sist comfortably with the rest of the album’s tracks which feature many diverse genres including rock, soul and reggae dub. “punkfunkrootsrock” is a perfect blend of influences each band member brings to the mix.
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