Manic Shine return home to tour fan-funded album

Manic Shine
Manic Shine

IT is a four-figure sum that global musicians would not roll out of bed for.

But for former Coldstream brothers Tamir and Orren Karp, £5,000 means they can take the next step on their musical roadshow.

The public plea to fund The Manic Shine’s latest album, ‘Let Go or Be Dragged,’ thankfully proved successful for the Israeli-born siblings, with the band recording its 10 tracks within days of the target being reached.

But ahead of a return to the Borders as part of a UK tour, Tamir admits there were anxious moments before the total was secured.

Drummer Tamir said: “We reached our £5,000 two weeks before the deadline, which was fantastic.

“It really was touching that people have backed us.

“We did it through a website called Please Fund Us, which is very popular with bands nowadays across the UK.

“We thought we would give it a go but a month into it we were thinking ‘Why have we got into this?’

“Thankfully it has turned out really well.”

The album took 10 days to complete, and is the follow up to debut record Blindsider, released in 2011 to positive reviews.

And now the four piece band, which also includes Ozzie Rodgers and James Hutchison are ready to hit the road with their new music, having played 90 gigs last year.

The Manic Shine arrive at Coldstream’s Eildon Centre this Saturday, March 9.

Tamir added: “It is nice to be back at the Eildon Centre. It has a great history of championing new music.”

Support at the Coldstream gig comes from Duns group Easter Street.