British indie-rock three piece The Manatees release brand new track ‘Get What You Want’, the next instalment from the trio’s upcoming second EP ‘Different State Of Mind’, due for release on 23rd February 2024. Stream Get What You Want here.
Following previous single ‘Call You A Criminal’, the follow up ‘Get What You Want’ is a deeply infectious earworm abundant with vigorous guitar hooks textured with climatic bass rhythms, twinkling synths tied together with lead singer Jay Harris’ compelling vocals.
Talking about the track, Jay Harris reveals: “‘Get What You Want’ is a bit of a contradiction. It oozes attitude and borders on aggression at points. The choruses are vocally stacked and powerful. Despite its intense energy, the song is actually about insecurity, feeling insufficient for the people around you. I certainly have days, in periods more often than not where I don’t feel good enough. My confidence fluctuates a lot, I think that’s all part of being human. I love the fact the song doesn’t let up, it’s like a hard shell to the self-doubt within it.”
Hailing from a sleepy town on the south coast of England and now residing in London, The Manatees consist of hyperactive school friends Jay, Tyler and Miller and a litany of unfeasibly large trousers. Their shiny-but-questioning alt.melodic quests touch on hip hop samples, funk-driven basslines and sparkling guitars and have drawn knowing comparisons with everyone from MGMT to Klaxons via Jungle, Wolf Alice and The Strokes.
This summer saw the band take to various festivals across the country, including performances at Y Not Festival, Isle Of Wight Festival and BBC Introducing x The Hundred, as well as their own 11 date headline tour which included sellout shows in Manchester, Bristol, Southampton and London’s The Lexington.
So rest assured there is depth to The Manatees’ pop delight – the debut ‘Dream In Colour’ EP came out in April and openly tackled the anxieties of finding your feet in an ever-changing world, emphasising the desperateness and loneliness of growing up. Yet even this couldn’t quell The Manatees’ hyper-popping genre-hopping essence rare, inspiring sold out shows at The Victoria and Sebright Arms and warranting a Jack Saunders Next Wave interview on Radio One as well as much love from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music.