When Teenage Nights dropped through my letterbox this morning (okay, email…) I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’m not too familiar with this band other than having seen the name around quite a bit recently and so tried to listen with as much of an open mind as possible. This is a band wearing their influences very openly on their sleeves. Opening track Open To Perspective sounds like scouse-pop upstarts Alexis Blue, followed by standout track The Girl Next Door, which could easily have been penned by The Kooks. I don’t mean this in a bad way, either. I was quite pleasantly surprised by The Mandigans. They’re young (with an average age of 15), hungry, can pen a decent tune and have the potential to really develop who they want to be. Give The Mandigans a year or so and I’m sure they will have taken their influences and formed something a step further away towards their own vision.
For fans of The Courteeners, The Kooks and The Pigeon Detectives, The Mandigans will prove to be an impressive new name on the indie guitar-pop spectrum. While admittedly its not usually my mind of thing, they are making a decent sound that shows real promise and talent, and I’ll be keeping an ear out for anything they do in the future.
Photo: Karen McBride