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about

Manzo (the alias of songwriter and producer Alan Hodgetts) will soon be releasing his third studio album ‘Attachment’. It’s been a relentless, year-long project, culminating in an 11 track album, with a 4 track companion EP ‘Beatniks on Toast’. Building on the success of the previous album ‘Outsider’, which reached a number 2 spot in the NZ indie charts, and 8 in the NZ album charts, this new release takes Manzo’s musical journey to the next level.
This is Manzo’s most complete piece yet. More mature, polished song and score-writing, with rich, punchy and spacious mixes. This collection takes the listener on a 47 minute adventure, each track flowing effortlessly into the next. Manzo’s influences are diverse and he flouts genre rules to bring a fusion of 60s, 80s, electro, pop, rock, blues, reggae and ballad on a smorgasbord of soundscapes. Manzo gets out from behind his DAW and takes on more live performances on this album, playing drums and synths throughout.
Social commentary is a key element of Manzo’s art. The album confronts themes of techno-dependence, the artificial replacing the real and the dehumanising of society. Even the music streaming industry comes in for a slap. This is juxtaposed against real human attachments, love, warmth, hope and optimism.
‘Ultimately, I want the listener to come to the end of the album feeling good about life’.
The EP is a delightful companion piece, with a lighter, raw, live feel, which will leave you with a smile on your face.
The Manzo family continues to grow – with introductions of fabulous new talent, including vocalists Harrison Nicol and Andrea Coulston, violinist Richard Taylor and harmonies from Sally Jarvis. Previous collaborators return to the fold, Laurence Cooper with his warm vocals and sublime Stratocaster, Allan Taotua and Anny da Silva Freitas on vocals, with Dave Hone on guitar and electric cello.
‘I am especially proud of the consistency of the vocal performances we recorded. There is no comping. The listener will be hearing straight end-to-end takes’.
Manzo continues to surprise. His unique style of experimenting with instrument choices, melodies and vocal styles culminates in a truly satisfying listening experience.
Release dates coming soon.

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released July 26, 2019

Laurence Cooper - electric guitar
Andrea Coulston - vocals
Anny da Silva Freitas - vocals
Alan Hodgetts - drums, synthesisers
Ellen Hodgetts - percussion
Dave Hone - electric cello, acoustic & electric guitars
Sally Jarvis - backing vocals
Harrison Nicol - vocals
Allan Taotua - vocals
Richard Taylor - violin
Production, engineering, score writing & programming by Alan Hodgetts
Recorded, mixed & mastered at SweetArts Studios, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
All music, lyrics & arrangements © J Hodgetts 2019
APRA/AMCOS catalogue NZAMC1527
published by Songbroker Ltd
Digital release distributed worldwide by DRM
Cover photography J Hodgetts. NGV, Melbourne, VIC.

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Manzo Paraparaumu, New Zealand

'Manzo' is the musical alias of songwriter and recording artist Alan Hodgetts from Wellington, New Zealand. Manzo's third album 'Attachment' was released 26 July 2019

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Track Name: Attachment
Open your attachment
Unleash kinetic passion
Open your attachment
Unleash kinetic passion

Deal with this attraction
Time to put in action
Staring all night long
Nothing can go wrong

Open your attachment
Unleash kinetic passion
Open your
Track Name: Generation
I’m a son of the greatest generation
Who gave it all for our liberation
As I raise a glass and do a peace sign
I wonder what would happen next time

A second of your time, situation critical
Pay attention you texting habitual
With technology we should be progressing
But as human beings we’re just regressing

You’re a child of the spoon-fed generation
Entitlement, fame, expectation, admiration
No need to learn, life’s so easy
Graduate with honours from Google university

How would you cope with total war?
Not that bullshit game from your Xbox store
Hardcore brutality that cannot be ignored
Enough of the selfies, you social media whore

Electronic junkie will you be a casualty?
Defending your country, not virtual but reality
Flat battery and you’re at their mercy
Don’t look for mommy, here comes the artillery

I’m a son of the greatest generation
Who gave it all for our liberation
As I raise a glass and do a peace sign
I wonder what would happen next time

Put down your device and stop your decline
Experience the real world, in real time
It’s humanity, not shoot ‘em up fantasy
Worth saving from catastrophe

I’m a son of the greatest generation
Who gave it all for our liberation
As I raise my glass and do a peace sign
I wonder what would happen next time

I’m a son of the greatest generation
They gave it all for our liberation
As I raise my glass and do a peace sign
I wonder what will happen next time
Track Name: The Answer
If someone tell you
What you can and can’t do
Do you ever ask why?
Or just say ‘Aye’
It’s up to you
The path you chose
As long as it is true

Every rule that they make
Every day that you break
Their power comes to you
Unbeatable, Incredible
The soul inside of you

Some might think you’re crazy
They won’t understand
Or too afraid to see
I’m with you my friend
Happy to be free

Every rule that they make
Every day that you break
Their power comes to you
Unbeatable, Incredible
The soul inside of you

Now dance and be happy
Make a lot of sound
It’s gonna make em mad
And stomp the ground
Now dance and be happy
Dance and be happy
Dance and be happy yeah

Every rule that they make
Every day that you break
Their power comes to you
Unbeatable, Incredible
The soul inside of you

Some might think you’re crazy
They won’t understand
Or too afraid to see
I’m with you my friend
Happy to be free

Now dance and be happy
Make a lot of sound
It’s gonna make em mad
And stomp the ground
Dance and be happy
Dance and be happy
Dance and be happy yeah

Every rule that they make
Every day that you break
Their power comes to you
Unbeatable, Incredible
The answer lies with you
Track Name: Addiction
The lonely days without you
I just pray and hope
That you don’t find another
And this all goes up in smoke
But what I know for certain
Is that this won’t go away
Addiction or obsession
I gotta make you stay

The long cold nights without you
Thoughts consuming me
And they’re always about you
And how to make you see
But you never seem to notice
I put my heart on the line
You’re so vexing but so tempting
End this torment of mine

I wish with all my heart
That you'll be by my side tomorrow
And stay

The lonely days without you
I just pray and hope
That you don’t find another
And this all goes up in smoke
But what I know for certain
Is that this won’t go away
Addiction or obsession
I gotta make you stay

The long cold nights without you
Thoughts consuming me
And they’re always about you
And how to make you see
But you never seem to notice
Put my heart on the line
You’re so vexing but so tempting
I gotta make you mine

I wish with all my heart
You'll be by my side tomorrow
And stay
And stay
And stay
Track Name: Twist
My love, ever wondered what brought us here?
All the twists and turns
Could have taken us anywhere
Here and there, unaware
And yet,

Love, there’s no way this was just some random thing
What were the odds?
A billion to one or more
No scientist, no formula could explain

Love, all I know is life was unravelling
All I held dear gone
I was just hanging on
No up or down, on shifting sands
And now,

Love, let's just call this a miracle
We’ll never really know
My theory is
Some higher being, on the wing, determining

Love, ever wondered what brought us here?
All the twists and turns
All the twists and turns
Track Name: Crazy State Of Being
There’s a fire burning
Control is beat throw caution to meet
Could say it’s all your fault
I can’t lie to you
So tell me the truth

What have you done with me?
Can you see it
Can you hear it
Can you feel it?
Did you ever lose yourself?
No No No No
A crazy state of being

Don’t fight it baby
Cause we know what we want
We know what we need
Don’t fight it honey
Give into it now
And fall to your knees

Fire’s burning stronger
I’m feeling the heat
Need to complete
But will you make that call?
Without self- belief you’ll never succeed

What went before don’t mean I’ll hurt you more
I’ve already broke open your door
So don’t ignore that this is the only way
Only way

Don’t fight it baby
Cause we know what we want
We know what we need
Don’t fight it honey
Give into it now
And fall to your knees

Don’t fight it baby
We know what we want
Cause we know what we need
Don’t fight it honey
Give into it now
And fall to your knees

Crazy state of being
Crazy
Crazy state of being
Crazy state of being
Crazy state of being
Track Name: Smoke
It’s my time of day, there’s barely a sound
The streets are clear, and no one around
What a shame, an hour from now
The streets will be full, my head starts to pound

I’ve got to escape, Or I’ll lose my mind
I’m over this place, the greed and the grime

I don’t want to go their way
I stay sane by keeping faith
Make my way back home some day
This will not be my fate

I’ll take off tonight
I can’t wait no longer
I have to do what is right

It’s my time of day, no one around
The streets are clear, and barely a sound
What a shame, an hour from now
The streets will be full, and smoke all around

I’ve got to escape, I’m not of their kind
We’re just numbers to them, standing in line
I’ve got to escape, I’ve made up my mind
It’s dragging me down, the concrete and crime

I don’t want to go their way
I stay sane by keeping faith
Make my way back home some day
This will not be my fate
I’ll take off tonight
I can’t wait no longer
I have to do what is right
Track Name: No
You might try and track me
You might try and hack me
You got no chance
No chance no chance

You might try and know me
Try to analyse me
You got no chance
No chance no chance
No chance no chance
No chance no chance

No chance
No
No

You might try and rule me
And then subdue me
You got no chance
No chance no chance
No chance no chance

No
No

If you detect me
Try and unearth me
Try and defuse me
You got no chance
No chance no chance
No chance no chance
No chance no chance
No chance no chance
No…
Track Name: Beat Me Up Scotty
Instrumental
Track Name: Big Kid
It’s time I yield to truth
I can’t go of my youth
Fall from trees and skin my knees
Mow the grass for a tub of ice cream
Don’t tell me to act my age
Thunderbirds are all the rage
I’d stay like this if I could
The biggest kid of the neighbourhood

It’s time I resign to fate
I can’t shake these schoolboy traits
Work’s like school it’s such a bore
Daydream till the clock strikes four
Scheming how to shock and appal
Draw a cock and balls on a subway wall
I’d stay like this if I could
The biggest kid of the neighbourhood

If you can’t find me, the place I’ll be
Eating my way through the pantry
I don’t do brunch it’s far too late
I can’t wait I wanna go and play
If I don’t get fed I get cranky
But bread and jam will pacify me
I’d stay like this if I could
The biggest kid of the neighbourhood

I won’t admit I’m growing old
I know best I won’t be told
My knees they ache, a bit inflamed
I swear it’s just growing pains
I don’t need glasses I can see
The world in focus ain’t for me
I’d stay like this if I could
The biggest kid of the neighbourhood


It’s time I yield to truth
I can’t go of my youth
Fall from trees and skin my knees
Mow the grass for a tub of ice cream
Don’t tell me to act my age
Thunderbirds are all the rage
I’d stay like this if I could
The biggest kid of the neighbourhood


It’s time I yield to truth
I can’t go of my youth
Fall from trees and skin my knees
Mow the grass for a tub of ice cream
Don’t tell me to act my age
Thunderbirds are all the rage
I’d stay like this if I could
The biggest kid of the neighbourhood
Track Name: Smiley Face
I’m impatient no time wasting
Slow pace drives me crazy
Tappin’ fingers maybe impolite
It don’t mean I run red lights
Method to this a state of mind
Distracts from the daily grind
Listen to me I got good cause
Factory job that’s all there was
Time ticked by and years added up
Working on the line just had enough
No regrets, no doubt, in decline
I would have sold out

See my smiley face and it ain’t fake
Frowns locked down I’ve come of age
Rocking sounds make my day
Positivity rules here now

Celebrating unrepentant
Or defending who we are
Philistines they take a swipe
Don’t know why but they think they’re right
The Lord provides so just have faith
Said this guy with a real sad face
In the past red rag to a bull
Took a breath I kept my cool
The Lord helps those who help themselves
So what’s your excuse pray tell?
Know your place said the rule maker
Spin on this said the rule breaker

See my smiley face and it ain’t fake
Frowns locked down I’ve come of age
Rocking sounds make my day
Positivity rules here now

Agitator by nature never give up
Keep chanting peace and love
Having fun never out of sight
And I’m all geared up to enjoy this life
Waiting for rescue wastes your life
Standing in line for some white knight
Rich tea biscuits day TV
It would surely be the end of me
Dusting and polishing the mirror every day
Watching my whiskers turning grey
Hop on a train take a flight
Got a green light doing nothing’s not right

See my smiley face and it ain’t fake
Frowns locked down I’ve come of age
Rocking sounds make my day
Positivity rules here now

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