South Coast indie-pop band The Manatees juxtapose typical pop song structures with melodic guitar riffs, afrobeat drum patterns and nuanced bass lines.
Their latest single ‘What If’ was mixed by former Spring King frontman Tarek Musa which solidly represents the band’s direction. There is a tangible buzz surrounding The Manatees. The cathartic indie track is an evocation of the uncertainty that surrounds growing up, and the everyday struggle with anxiety and stress.
The Southampton band are Jay Harris (vocals, guitar), Tyler Bloor (guitar), James Miller (bass) and James Brearley (drums). Having performed together under different guises since school, Harris and Brearley, linked up with Bloor and Miller in early 2017 to form The Manatees.
Their youthfully nostalgic early EP releases ‘Avoiding Glances’ and ‘Young Hearts’, they resonate with fans. A combination of compelling lyrical reflections of teenage adolescence and young love.
With interest mounting in the young indie-pop outfit from BBC Introducing Solent, The Manatees are emerging as one of the most exciting acts to come from the South Coast in recent years.