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Nick McCarthy (ex-Franz Ferdinand) collaborates with wife Manuela Gernedel in new group (listen)


Nick McCarthy, who very recently parted ways with Franz Ferdinand, is now backing his wife Manuela Gernedel in a new musical project. Going simply by Manuela, the collaboration is not too far from the low-fi post-punk Nick made with Box Codax, if lead single “Cracks in the Concrete” is any indication. Gernedel talked to Stereogum about the track:

Lyrically ‘Cracks in the Concrete’, like much of the album, is skipping back and forth between a narration and internal monologue. The line ‘cracks in the concrete’ was partly inspired by the French phrase ‘sous les páves, la plage!’ which came up during the student revolts there in May ’68. Roughly translated it says ‘there is sand underneath the pavement!’. It’s talking about the potential of things breaking and breaking up things. Everything is morbid and falling apart and you have to keep on telling yourself that it’s going to work itself out (‘everything is healing’).

Check out “Cracks in the Concrete” below.

Manuela say their debut LP will be out soon and features guest appearances by Veronica Falls’ Roxanne Clifford, Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thompson and Jim Dixon of Django Django.

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