Friday, April 19 2024

Here at TIG, we’ve had the pleasure of featuring Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions a couple of times already, and it must be said that they have once again struck gold with their latest single, ‘Never Give Up.’ Returning with a fervour that echoes their previous successes, this track is nothing short of brilliant. It’s actually my favorite release from this talented band so far. From the very first chords of the jangly acoustic guitar, and the electric lines, which reminded me of George Harrison’s signature style, to the soul-stirring vocal delivery, the song grabs hold of the listener’s attention and refuses to let go.

Joining Gary are Chris Zoupa, whose instrumental mastery and remarkable arrangement skills add depth and complexity to their sound, and Jason Jones, a versatile talent whose expertise in production and vocal prowess shape the band’s distinctive style. Together, they form a powerhouse trio that effortlessly blends elements of rock, blues, and classic rock sensibilities with a contemporary edge.

As the track progresses, each element falls into place with precision and finesse, and, thanks to a great production the dynamics ebb and flow flawlessly. The chorus, buoyed by a gospel-style backing choir, soars to breathtaking heights, instilling a sense of hope and resilience in the listener. Meanwhile, the instrumentation, expertly crafted, weaves a tapestry of sound that is both timeless and contemporary.

The middle eight section provides a moment of reflection before launching into a breathtaking guitar solo that evokes the spirit of legendary artists such as Eric Clapton and Mike Campbell. Melodic, skillful, and imbued with emotion, the solo arrives at the perfect moment and lifts the song again, just when you thought the bar couldn’t be raised any higher!

Gary Dranow and the Manic Emotions

As the song draws to a close with a stripped-down outro, featuring only vocals and acoustic guitar, it leaves a poignant and lasting impression. It’s a testament to the band’s ability to create moments of beauty and vulnerability amidst the chaos of life.

Lyrically, ‘Never Give Up,’ explores themes of perseverance and the importance of resilience in challenging times. It serves as an anthem for those navigating obstacles, offering hope and encouragement to press onward. ‘Never Give Up’ takes listeners on a journey through the trials and tribulations of life’s journey. 

The road stretches for miles and miles, and there’s no end in sight,

You know it will be forever a struggle, don’t shy away from the fight.

‘Never Give Up’ by Gary Dranow and the Manic Emotions

In conclusion, ‘Never Give Up’ is more than just a song; it’s a journey, a testament to the human spirit, and a beacon of hope in troubled times. With its infectious melodies, stirring lyrics, and exceptional musicianship, Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions have once again delivered a masterpiece that is sure to resonate with audiences for years to come.

And, as Gary himself aptly puts it, “Through ‘Never Give Up,’ we aim to encapsulate the indomitable spirit within us all. It’s a reminder to persevere despite the challenges, and to hold onto hope in the darkest of times.”

Mission accomplished!

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‘Never Give Up’ by Gary Dranow and The Manic Emotions is an anthemic ode to resilience and determination, blending soul-stirring vocals, captivating instrumentals, and poignant lyrics. Through its uplifting message and expert craftsmanship, the song stands as a beacon of hope in challenging times, reaffirming the band’s status as musical trailblazers.


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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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