“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.