Manraze, the London-based rock band formed by Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen, along with punk rock forerunner Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) on drums and Simon Laffy, bass player of Collen’s former glam-band, Girl, will release their new EP, I Surrender, on November 12th.
I Surrender will be comprised of three songs, including the title track, which features background vocals by Debbi Blackwell-Cook, who also appears on All I Wanna Do, a newly-recorded version of the song which first appeared on the trio’s 2011 sophomore record Punkfunkrootsrock. The final track is Connected-Live from Shepherd’s Bush, a live studio performance from a studio podcast session, not previously released.
This all started in 2004, when Phil Collen, after 20+ years as lead guitarist for Def Leppard, decided to express himself via another creative outlet. After a chance meeting on the street with Paul Cook, Manraze finally released their debut record Surreal in the summer of 2008. The group’s debut album was chocked full of rebellious in-your-face mantras (Turn it Up, This Is, Skin Crawl, Running Me Up) ranging from hardcore punk to dub. They were seen as a cross between the Foo Fighters, Green Day, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, and The Police. Manraze is a response to the ever changing climate of multi-faceted music and should be heralded for far more than just being a ‘rock band’.