Paul Draper announces first album in five years, supported by 21-date UK tour in February & March
Acclaimed songwriter and former Mansun frontman, Paul Draper, will release Cult Leader Tactics on 28th January via KScope - his first album since 2017's lauded Spooky Actions.
Cult Leader Tactics is a satire about the genre of self-help manuals. It details how to get to the top of your chosen profession, or how to get on in life in general and in affairs of the heart, by acting in a Machiavellian manner and employing dirty tricks - or ‘Cult Leader Tactics’ - to achieve your life goals.
Paul plays the majority of the instruments on Cult Leader Tactics 11-tracks, including guitars, drum machines and synthesisers, on an album produced with long-time collaborator and acclaimed producer Paul ‘P-Dub’ Walton at the latter’s Loft Studios, with additional engineering by Scott Knapper.
Cult Leader Tactics features guest appearances from revered musician and producer Steven Wilson, who co-wrote and plays on ‘Omega Man’ – a collaboration about his and Paul’s feelings of isolation during lockdown. It also features Gamaliel ‘Gam’ Rendle Traynor from the band Sweat, who played, arranged and engineered all strings (recorded at Sweat Studios, Peckham, London), as well as a 288-person C.L.T. Lockdown Choir who sing on ‘Lyin’ Bout Who U Sleep With’.
Paul and his band will begin a 21-date tour at the end of February, playing stripped back versions of songs from Cult Leader Tactics and Spooky Action, as well as Mansun classics and rarities:
PAUL DRAPER – LIVE IN 2022 February 27th – Oxford – O2 Academy 2 28th – Reading – Sub89 March 1st – Chester – The Live Rooms 2nd – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club 4th – Aberdeen – The Tunnels 5th – Glasgow – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut 6th – Birmingham – The O2 Institue 2 8th – Norwich – The Waterfront Studio 9th – Manchester - Gorilla 10th – Hull – Social on Humber Street 11th – Sheffield – The Leadmill, The Steel Stage 12th – Newcastle – St Doms 14th – Cardiff – The Globe 15th – Exeter – Phoenix 16th – Bristol – Fleece 17th – Leicester – O2 Academy 2 18th – Bedford – Bedford Esquires 20th – Bournemouth – The Old Fire Station 21st – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms 22nd – Brighton – Komedia 23rd – London – Islington Assembly Hall