NEW ALBUM : Paul Draper (ex-Mansun) new album ‘Cult Leader Tactics’ out 28th Jan

Paul Draper (ex-Mansun) new album ‘Cult Leader Tactics’ out 28th Jan

Paul Draper –  Cult Leader Tactics

His first album in five years due out on 28th January 2022

A self-help manual on how to become a complete cult in the music industry 


On 28th January Kscope will release acclaimed songwriter and former Mansun frontman Paul Draper’s Cult Leader Tactics, his first album since 2017’s lauded Spooky Action. 

Cult Leader Tactics is a satire on the genre of self-help manuals. It details how to get to the top of your chosen profession, or how to get on in life in general and in affairs of the heart, by acting in a Machiavellian manner and employing dirty tricks or ‘Cult Leader Tactics’ to achieve your life goals. 

Lyrically the album is made up of extracts from a fictitious self-help manual ‘Cult Leader Tactics’, a parody of the self-help manual genre. After experiencing these types of human behaviour and themes, the album arrives at the conclusion the only true answer in life is love.

These and other themes are subtly referenced in each song and explored on a collection of Paul’s best songwriting since Mansun’s imperial phase. Nowhere is this exemplified more than on the instantly catchy and destined to be classic, ‘You’ve Got No Life Skills, Baby!’, which is reminiscent of the best artrock-meets-pop moments of Mansun’s Attack Of The Grey Lantern. 

Paul plays the majority of the instruments on Cult Leader Tactics 11-tracks, including guitars, drum machines and synthesisers, on an album produced with long-time collaborator, acclaimed producer Paul ‘P-Dub’ Walton at the latter’s Loft Studios, with additional engineering by Scott Knapper. 

Cult Leader Tactics features guest appearances from revered musician and producer Steven Wilson, who co-wrote and plays on ‘Omega Man’ – a collaboration about his and Paul’s feelings of isolation during lockdown – Gamaliel ‘Gam’ Rendle Traynor from the band Sweat, who played, arranged and engineered all strings (recorded at Sweat Studios, Peckham, London), as well as a 288-person C.L.T. Lockdown Choir who sing on ‘Lyin’ Bout Who U Sleep With’. 

Cult Leader Tactics tracklist: 

Cult Leader Tactics
Dirty Trix
Cult Leader Tactics in E-Flat Minor
You’ve Got No Life Skills, Baby!
U Killed My Fish
Everyone Becomes A Problem Eventually
Talkin’ Behind My Back
Omega Man (feat. Steven Wilson)
Lyin’ ‘Bout Who U Sleep With


Cult Leader Tactics will be available on the following formats: 

4CD Deluxe Book Edition, including a hardback book 

Gatefold single LP

Gatefold single LP indie-only release, comes with a bonus 7” featuring a second collaboration with Steven Wilson

Gatefold single coloured LP 

Digipack CD 


Pre-order link:


Paul will be doing a series of instore appearances to support the release of Cult Leader Tactics, performing an acoustic set and signing copies of his new album

Fri Jan 28 – Edinburgh – Assai  

Sat Jan 29 – Newcastle – Beyond Vinyl  

Sun Jan 30 – Bolton X-Records (1pm performance) 

Sun Jan 30  – Preston – Action (7pm performance) 

Mon Jan 31 – Nottingham – Rough Trade          

Tues Feb 1 – Mold – VOD            

Weds Feb 2 – Bristol – Rough Trade     

Thurs Feb 3 – London – Rough Trade East 


Paul and his band will undertake a 21-date tour at the end of February, playing stripped back versions of songs from the new album, Spooky Action and Mansun classics and rarities:


27          Sun       Oxford                 02 Academy 2
28          Mon      Reading               Sub89
1            Tue       Chester                The Live Rooms
2            Wed      Leeds                   Brudenell Social Club                  
4            Fri         Aberdeen            The Tunnels
5            Sat         Glasgow             King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
6            Sun       Birmingham        The 02 Institute 2                          
8            Tue       Norwich               The Waterfront Studio
9            Wed      Manchester        Gorilla
10          Thu       Hull                      Social On Humber Street
11          Fri         Sheffield              The Leadmill – The Steel Stage
12          Sat         Newcastle          St Doms    
14          Mon      Cardiff                 The Globe
15          Tue       Exeter                  Phoenix
16          Wed      Bristol                 The Fleece
17          Thur     Leicester              02 Academy 2
18          Fri         Bedford               Bedford Esquires      
20          Sun       Bournemouth    The Old Fire Station
21          Mon      Portsmouth       Wedgewood Rooms
22          Tue       Brighton              Komedia
23          Wed      London               Islington Assembly Hall

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