André Schlesinger
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Garry Bushell
Knock-Out Entertainment

Maninblack To Cut Two Records With Contra

New York, NY - February 14th, 2010, André Schlesinger, lead singer for the NYC Punk band Maninblack announced today that the group has agreed to a deal with German Streetpunk label Contra Records which will include a 4 song 7" vinyl EP with a tentative release date of May 1st, 2010 and followed by a 12" vinyl LP / full length CD in late summer 2010. The records will be released on Contra Records' new subsidiary label Contra Smooth which will spotlight Punk artists with a progressive sound. At this time Maninblack is comprised of Schlesinger on lead vocals, guitar and synthesizers; RJ Demler on bass and backing vocals; and Texas Clamp on drums and electronic percussion. Schlesinger has taken on the roll of producer for at least the 7", titled Straight Out Of Babylon, while work has already commenced at the Safe House NYC recording studio. The band plans to support the releases with a few local record release parties and frequent performances throughout the year.

Maninblack has been making a name for themselves, through various compilation releases and local live performances, by combining a strong UK Punk and Oi! influence with the use of electronic gear such as keyboard and guitar synthesizers, digital multi effects, and even electronic drums, both live and in the studio. With members old enough to recall the first wave of British Punk the band offers music with an aggressive style and attitude reminiscent of bands like the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Stranglers without coming off as a Punk revival act. The band's manager, and UK multi-media personality, Garry Bushell commented today that "Maninblack is the most exciting and radical talent to come out of New York City this century. The band has integrity married to Punk power, vision and Pop sensibility. It's a tribute to Contra's foresight that they have snapped them up. It's time Europe woke up to Maninblack."

Band leader André Schlesinger has seen some minor notoriety as lead vocalist and songwriter for The Press who were active on the NYC Punk music scene during the mid 80s to early 90s. Their song "21 Guitar Salute" has been recorded by Dropkick Murphys and appears on two of their releases and is regularly performed as part of their live set. The Press were honored back in 2007 with the release of The Complete Press ~ 1984-1994, a CD of the band's collected works, on Insurgence Records of Toronto.

For continued information see the Contra Records web site: and Maninblack: The Official Online Press Kit! An encapsulated version of the official web site can be seen at Maninblack's MySpace page: To interview Maninblack contact André Schlesinger at Inquires with particular European interests should contact the band's manager Garry Bushell through Knock-Out Entertainment.

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