From his debut album, 2015’s The ManBoy LP - the studio costs of which were paid for with a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign - to this year’s ultra-danceable glam-rock single Unclean Seventeen - featuring the unforgettable refrain “I eat whatever I kill” - Manning has been forging his own sound - dividing his time between the street and the studio.
Manning’s personal history is hazy. He claims to have grown up in Sheffield, but has no discernible accent. At some point he was a male nanny for an Australian baby in Rome. He spent some years in Leeds studying jazz music. He once spent several weeks drinking red wine and reading Henry Miller in an apartment in the 6th arrondissement of Paris before driving a car with questionable brakes all the way to Barcelona with a German and a Mexican.
Of course, this could all be lies and fabrication. When this writer asked him for clarification, or for rough dates, Manning simply replied “Does it really matter?"