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Wednesday 12 January 2022

Coming To Komedia Brighton: Ex-Mansun Leader Paul Draper Set To Release Album Inspired By Fictitious Self-Help Manual

Brighton-bound songwriter and former Mansun frontman Paul Draper is set to release Cult Leader Tactics – his first album since 2017's lauded Spooky Action.


Cult Leader Tactics is a satire on the genre of self-help manuals. It details how to get to the top of your chosen profession, or how to get on in life in general and in affairs of the heart, by acting in a Machiavellian manner and employing dirty tricks or 'Cult Leader Tactics' to achieve your life goals. 

Lyrically the 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.

These and other themes are subtly referenced in each song and explored on a collection of Paul's best songwriting since Mansun's imperial phase.


Nowhere is this exemplified more than on the instantly catchy, You've Got No Life Skills, Baby!, which is reminiscent of the best artrock-meets-pop moments of Mansun's Attack Of The Grey Lantern. 

Paul plays the majority of the instruments on the album's 11-tracks, including guitars, drum machines and synthesisers, on an album produced with long-time collaborator and acclaimed producer Paul 'P-Dub' Walton at the latter's Loft Studios, with additional engineering by Scott Knapper. 

Cult Leader Tactics features guest appearances from revered musician and producer Steven Wilson, who co-wrote and plays on Omega Man – a collaboration about his and Paul's feelings of isolation during lockdown. The accompanying video clip was filmed in Chernobyl.

Paul Draper plays Komedia Brighton on 22nd March 2022. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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