New album "MMXVIII" out now.
Manon Meurt are Vojtěch Pejša (guitar, vocals), Káťa Elznicová (vocals, guitar), Jiří Bendl (drums) and David Tichý (synths and piano). Sparkling songs formed by soft and transcendent vocals, hypnotic bass lines, evolving drums and reverbed guitars are a trademark of this young quartet from Czech Republic.
Manon Meurt hail from a small town Rakovník west of Prague. Inspired by the British shoegaze movement of the early 90s and bands such as Ride, Lush or Slowdive have clearly helped shape the band’s sound.
These quickly rising shoegaze stars have played alongside The Raveonettes, LSD and the Search for God and My Bloody Valentine. During the soundcheck for the latter, while Kevin Shields was still in the locker room, MBV’s sound engineer actually complained that Manon Meurt were playing too loud.
Supporting My Bloody Valentine in Prague in 2013 was actually one of their first concerts and since then the band has toured several times all over Europe, from Ukraine to the UK or from Denmark to Croatia.
They played festivals in Czech and Slovak Republic like Colours of Ostrava, Pohoda Festival, United Islands of Prague, Waves Bratislava, Beseda u bigbítu, as well as festivals abroad Banát in Romania, Nürnberg.Pop and Brückenfestival in Germany, Pre-Monte Fest in Croatia. They have also performed at showcase festivals Eurosonic Noorderslag, Reeperbahn Festival, Waves Vienna and MENT Ljubljana.
The self-titled 12" EP (first released in 2014 and then re-released by Canadian Label Obscura) got a plenty of attention on the international music blogosphere with praises going to the beautiful ethereal vocals and wonderful guitar work combined with atmospheric bass lines and precise drums.
Well-composed songs and the band's ability to play outstanding live performances form together a perfect match. Manon Meurt are definitely a band to watch in the upcoming months and years to come. The long-awaited new album "MMXVIII" was released on October 12 2018 on Minority Records.
"While vocalist Kateřina Elznicová proves enchanting as a focal point, her angelic voice reminiscent of Liz Fraser or Cranes’ Alison Shaw, the rest of the band makes for a cataclysmic backdrop where all four parts create an exquisite monster."
"Manon meurt’s straight up dream pop and shoegaze is a delightful, hypnotic treat. Drenched in reverb, their tunes are achingly beautiful yet at times shatteringly loud, like a hazier My Bloody Valentine."
"Czech shoegazers Manon Meurt upped the ante once more with their elegant mix of reverb fuelled noise that was reminiscent of Slowdive and Beach House respectively."
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