Ex-Franz Ferdinand Guitarist Nick McCarthy Shares First Single as Manuela

Ex-Franz Ferdinand Guitarist Nick McCarthy Shares First Single as Manuela
Having left Franz Ferdinand after 14 years late last week to focus on family and outside projects, guitarist Nick McCarthy is set to meet both those requirements with Manuela, a new project alongside his wife, vocalist and songwriter Manuela Gernedel.

The duo have shared their first single released together titled "Cracks in the Concrete." Recorded at McCarthy's London studio, the danceable rock track was co-produced by Sebastion Kellig and is said to be a perfect taste of what's to come from a forthcoming full-length LP.

"Lyrically 'Cracks in the Concrete,' like much of the album, is skipping back and forth between a narration and internal monologue," Gernedel explained in a statement. "The line 'cracks in the concrete' was partly inspired by the French phrase 'sous les páves, la plage!' which came up during the student revolts there in May '68. Roughly translated it says 'there is sand underneath the pavement!'" 

She continued, "It's talking about the potential of things breaking and breaking up things. Everything is morbid and falling apart and you have to keep on telling yourself that it's going to work itself out ('everything is healing')."

Manuela's debut album is expected to be announced in the near future through Lost Map Records, and will include features from Jim Dixon (Django Django), William Reese (Mystery Jets), Roxanne Clifford (Veronica Falls) and Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand).

Hear "Cracks in the Concrete" in the player below.