A Capable Man is the brand new single from the forthcoming second album from Man & The Echo. Find the band playing The Auction Rooms on Sat. 9th March.
Ever-political Warrington working-class heroes Man and the Echo are back with a biting new single. Sparse and angular in its arrangement, there is plenty of space for frontman Gaz’s snappy lyrics to shine through. This is where the strength of this single really lies.
A smouldering takedown of the wealthy middle-aged white male stereotype, the protagonist, who drives a posh car with ‘joie de vivre’ and ‘voted Leave’ (one of the best rhyming couplets from any lyricist this year), will be recognisable to many of us.
Reminiscent of the sarcastic social commentary present in much of Britpop – think Common People for May’s Britain – it’s refreshing to see an up-and-coming band being so brazenly political. Oh, and the sleeve art by Cold War Steve is excellent and hilarious, too.
The band are keeping a characteristically grassroots aspect to the single’s distribution, the 7″ record is available only from the band’s website, or directly from them on their sold out tour with She Drew The Gun. A special hometown show at Auction Rooms in Warrington on 9th March closes the tour (tickets still available at the time of writing). Having already been endorsed by Steve Lamacq on his BBC Radio 6 show, those physical copies won’t last long.
With the societal divisions ripped wide open by Brexit still raw, A Capable Man is an urgent and relevant piece of art rock.
B-Side is the hard hitting ‘White Culture’ which highlights some of the darkest personalities that have been in the media over recent years.
Have a listen for yourself below and check the bands socials via the links.
Many thanks to Chris Gibson for a great review. Chris is singer/ guitarist in Delphina Kings. Give them a like here.