Interview: “Debut Album: One Mann, three menn and happy music thoughts” ~ mx Sydney

“Our debut has been my attempt to write the happiest, or warmest, record I possibly could” ~ Ray Mann speaks to mxBy Karina Dunger

The Ray Mann Three is thinking happy thoughts.

The soul trio – Bart Denaro (drums), Ray Mann (vocals/guitar) and Byron Luiters (bass) – were chanelling these cheery thoughts in the hope of a positive debut album.

“Our debut has been my attempt to write the happiest, or warmest, record I possibly could,” Mann said. “In creative writing classes, the first exercise is to write a happy poem, which is much harder than a sad one.”

Mann said he believed they had successfully captured a cheerful vibe and live sound.

“We’ve kept it organic, rather than being over-layered, with sparse instrumentation and we’ve left a lot of room for the listener to leave it up to their imagination.”

The hip-hop-inspired band will launch its self-titled debut album at The Basement on April 19.

They will play the songs on April 1 at the Easter Show, along with Watussi, Seany B, The Potbelleez and Kate Miller-Heidke.

They play at The Shed, Olympic Park, at 6.45pm.

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