Posted: Wed 2nd Feb 2022

No ‘Wide Open Space’ for ex-Mansun frontman Paul Draper with gig at UK’s smallest record store in Mold

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This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Feb 2nd, 2022

Paul Draper, the frontman of chart-topping 90s band Mansun – best known for their song Wide Open Space – played a gig at the UK’s smallest record store on Tuesday. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Paul made an in-store appearance at VOD Music in Mold where he played a live set and signed copies of his new album Cult Leader Tactics. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

VOD Music employed a rotating system of ‘one in, one out’ for event “to enable as many as possible to have a chance to be the ONE in the shop at any one time during the set” those waiting watched from outside. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Mansun’s debut album knocked Blur from the top of the album charts in 1997. They released two further albums before the band split in 2003. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cult Leader Tactics is Paul’s second solo album, it soared straight to number one on Amazon’s vinyl chart when it was released last week. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Paul grew up in Wavertree, Liverpool before moving with his family to Connah’s Quay, he attended St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, Flint. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Posting on social media, he said: “Just played my smallest ever gig at the UK’s smallest record store in Mold, North Wales, Vod Records.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Met some people from my old school St. Richard Gwyn, all in all a great night with no corporate bull, just music fans, it was a pleasure to meet you and great to be back in Wales, thank you for having us.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Thanks Colin for having us at your amazing Record Shop, keep real music alive, support your local independent Record Shop!! Paul.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cult Leader Tactics is his first solo album since 2017’s much-lauded Spooky Action. It offers a satirical analysis of the self-help manual genre. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A guide on how you can get to the top of your chosen profession, or ahead in life and in affairs of the heart, by acting in a Machiavellian manner, employing dirty tricks or Cult Leader Tactics to achieve your life goals. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

After experiencing these types of human behaviours and themes, the album arrives at the conclusion that the only true answer in life is love. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Paul plays most of the instruments on the album, including lead vocals, guitar and various Moogs and synthesisers. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

An album produced with long-time collaborator and acclaimed producer Paul ‘P-Dub’ Walton (Massive Attack, The Cure, Bjork) at Loft Studios, it also includes guest appearances from Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson and Gam of the band Sweat as well as featuring a 288-person C.L.T. Lockdown Choir. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Album offers a selection of Paul’s most focused and ambitious work so far, a brilliantly dark commentary on an industry he is all too aware of. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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