October 15, 2014

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June 27, 2014

Preview 2 new tracks from Goodbye Iowa!

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A massive thank you to those of you who have made ‘Keepsake’ such as success! As a little teaser for our debut album ‘Goodbye Iowa’ we’ve released 2 tracks for streaming on our Soundcloud page for a limited time only.

Check them out right here:

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June 19, 2014

Listen and Download ‘Keepsake’ now!

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The Manhattan Syndrome release first single Keepsake from upcoming album Goodbye Iowa
Keepsake was recorded in Westland Studios with Alwyn Walker, produced by Walker and The Manhattan Syndrome, and mastered by Aiden Foley at Masterlabs. The song is a refinement of the sound the band have become known for, with rich baritone vocals sitting on an atmospheric bed of guitars and keys. Featuring guest performances from Valerie Francis (voice), and Eoin Grace (trumpet)

The single will be available directly from The Manhattan Syndrome’s bandcamp page and iTunes today, and most leading digital retailers over the coming days.


Watch the video for Keepsake here:


Listen and buy here:

Bandcamp (directly to the band)

The single is also available from all major online retailers like iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more.


A huge thanks to everyone involved,




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June 9, 2014

Debut Album Announcement + Single + Tracklist

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The Manhattan Syndrome announce details of debut album Goodbye Iowa, and lead single ‘Keepsake’

‘Goodbye Iowa’ will be the band’s first full length album, following our 2011 EP ‘And we left it behind’. The first single and music video from the album, ‘Keepsake’ will be released in the coming weeks.

Following our debut EP in 2011, The Manhattan Syndrome have spent two years writing, recording, and producing our first full length album. Goodbye Iowa was recorded in Westland Studios by Alwyn Walker, produced by Walker and The Manhattan Syndrome, and mastered in Masterlabs by Aidan Foley. With guest appearances from notable Irish musicians like Valerie Francis (voice) and Eoin Grace (trumpet). We’re so happy with this album we might just do a dance.

 Goodbye Iowa was partly crowd-funded through a highly successful Fund-it campaign, the unique rewards for which played a vital role in the making of the album itself. Contributing fans not only signed up to receive advance copies of the album and single, but named songs, featured on the cover art, and even took part in the recording itself!

‘Keepsake’ will be the lead single from the album, and is both an evolution of and a departure from The Manhattan Syndrome’s earlier work. The single’s video was filmed by Pearse Healy and Evan Heneghan, and stars two of Ireland’s brightest young acting talents in Zena Donnelly and Alex Hrenic.


Release date of Goodbye Iowa TBA.

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The Manhattan Syndrome – Keepsake



The Manhattan Syndrome – Goodbye Iowa tracklisting

  1.  Intro
  2.  The One Thing That Won’t Go Away
  3.  Goodbye Iowa
  4.  Keepsake
  5.  American Heart
  6.  Nova Scotia
  7.  Syzygy*
  8.  Relict
  9.  Sugar Rush
  10.  Conversations with Dead People
  11.  Hollowheads

*funder title


Expect more news very soon.




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October 22, 2013

Goodbye Iowa’s first Video shoot for ‘Keepsake’.

In anticipation of The Manhattan Syndrome’s debut Album ‘Goodbye Iowa’ we’ve been planning a few video shoots to release with it. On Sunday the first of these took place at SpireVision Studio in Dublin, and wow was it a good one! Working on a very low budget, and taking the entire creative process into our own hands, we think we have come up with something quite special. Here are some teasers!


‘Keepsake’ is a slower, tender song, one of the warmest places on the upcoming ‘Goodbye Iowa’, and so we opted for a video which showcases that. We can’t give too much away, but it’s safe to say that it was a joy to film, and our two young actors were quite outstanding.

Zena and Alex, and their Mums Darina and Daniela, simply brought the whole project to a new level, and we genuinely expect great things from these two in the near future. They understood the music, and their sincerity shows on screen. We can’t wait for you to see it :)

More to come soon!


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September 15, 2013

Call for young Actors!

Hi all,

We are currently putting the finishing touches to our first album and hope to release it shortly. At the same time we are looking to record videos to go with potential singles off the album. We are looking for male and female actors between the ages of 9 and 12 years old to star in one such video. Shooting will take place in a studio in Dublin city centre and should take approximately five hours. If you are interested, or know anyone that is interested, please contact us at contact@themanhattansyndrome.com for details, or get in touch right here.


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June 22, 2013

Goodbye Iowa recording wrapped up, and a YouBloom performance.


It’s been a while, but we’re happy to say that the recording stage of ‘Goodbye Iowa’ is now finished! Months of work, tears, and hours of computer games have gone into the process, and so far we are damn happy and excited! We really believe this album is going to turn heads, and we just can’t wait for people to hear it.

Just a couple of stages to go now, some might say the most important ones :) Mixing, more mixing, fights to the death, and then more mixing again.. it’s all part of the process! We really must thank Alywn Walker for all he’s done so far, he’s taken this project to a level we didn’t think possible, and without his guidance, sarky humour, and thorough attitude we’d be missing something vital. Check him out, great studio, great producer.


We also have to announce our first live performance in far too long! The YouBloom festival is coming to town, and we’re right there with it! You can catch us in:

The Mercantile, 29/06/13, at 8.30pm.


For more on the festival click right HERE


A little update in the IMAGES section also.



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March 17, 2013

Goodbye Iowa Recording Update

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We think an update might be due now.


‘Goodbye Iowa’ is to be the name of The Manhattan Syndrome’s debut Album. It’s been a long time coming, with months of preparation and a ruthless culling of material that didn’t make the grade, but a 10 track album is now beginning to take shape.

We’re delighted to be at Westland Studios, being recorded and produced by Alwyn Walker. It’s pretty cool to be in a place that so many great artists have graced before, Kate Bush, Bell X1, Placebo, to name a few.

Here’s a little taste of the story so far, featuring drum-sticker Sean Hughes.


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October 13, 2012

New Album and Dr. Sean Hughes is Reading your Mind

First off, a very big congratulations to our usually monosyllabic drummer Sean Hughes! Ruining drummer stereotypes everywhere, he has just completed his final paper for his PHD in Psychology. Dr. Sean Hughes will soon be mending our problems and reading our minds officially. Well done Sean!

And then:

After many hard months writing and rehearsing, we’re finally getting to grips with what will be our debut album. We have our opening song – one of the few titled ones – and it’s called ‘The one thing that won’t go away’. The rest is starting to take shape, we have the tracks, but the order will be a difficult task.

As for names… well we have some interesting news.

Very soon our Crowd Funding campaign will kick off on the website Fundit.ie, and along with many other rewards for donations, we will be offering 6 song titles. We want the people who help us make the album a reality to leave their mark on it, and having you name our tracks is just a pretty amazing way of doing that.

We also want someone to name the album for us…

Stay tuned for more very shortly. We’ll have some new imagery, and content coming.



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August 7, 2012

Kilkenny Arts Festival

We’re delighted to be playinf at the Kilkenny Arts Festival on Aug 15th this year.

Pick up some tickets here: http://www.kilkennyarts.ie/events/details/new-music/

It should be a great night, with some rgeat acts like Abigail Smith, Anagog, Replete, and Trumpets of Jericho playing, so get down to Kilkenny and enjoy the festival!



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