Swiss-based four-piece blues rock band Ellis  Mano Band will release their second single “The Question” on Friday 14th May. The single is taken  from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album  “Ambedo” released Friday 25th June

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The band describe their trademark well produced sound as “a sort of rock n’ soul, rooted  deep down in the blues.” 

“The Question” features a guest appearance  from Australian keyboard wiz Lachy Doley on  Hammond organ. 

“This one is a true blaster,” says Edis Mano, the  Ellis Mano Band’s guitarist. “It’s something like a  tornado blowing through your barn, nearly lifting  it of the ground. It describes the writer’s demons and the constant temptation of past substance abuse and  dependency.” 

In Switzerland, the Ellis Mano Band are not unlike the Wrecking Crew or the Funk Brothers. They are top-flight  studio musicians and elites in the Swiss music scene. Although they spent years making music with other  artists, the band members never got much time to make music of their own until now.

“We chose the album title “Ambedo” because it reflects the state of the process of recording an  album,” says guitarist Edis Mano. “Ambedo” refers to the tendency both to reflect and to absorb. Musicians like us do it all the time, especially when we compose new songs and create a new album.” 

Every track on the new album is rich with  perfectly chosen detail including Chris Ellis’s rough voice, Edis Mano’s vintage sounding  guitar playing, and the tight rhythm section  of drummer Nico Looser and Severin Graf  (bass). The album also features Hammond B3 organ, and horns that reflect the blazing  summer heat during which they were  recorded. The harmonious backing vocals are  reminiscent of something you would hear  from Muscle Shoals Studios.  

“We would get together with just a few  ideas, fill it out, let it grow, work on it, with a  great passion,” says Chris. “For session  musicians, it was not about having just  another project to play on, but it was an  opportunity for us to play as a real band  again. It was a great feeling to see the guys together and getting emotional from time to time playing  the music.”  

The album was recorded at Edis Mano’s Studio E10 with a lot of vintage gear and instruments and  produced with a contemporary sound. All songs were recorded live with just a few later overdubs,  including backing vocals and horns.  

With “Ambedo”, the Ellis Mano Band presents a rich tapestry  of that universal joy and sorrow; the awkward moment after a one-night stand in “Breakfast”, the  desperation and grief in “Long Road” and by contrast, the loud social criticism in “The Horrible Truth”.  

Each track is saturated in a deep respect and understanding of American roots music, from the early  blues of the American South through to the revolutionary blues and rock revolution of 1960s Britain. 

Influenced by Led Zeppelin, J.J. Cale, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimi Hendrix and more recently John  Mayer, the Ellis Mano Band have put their own unique stamp on the blues which has now become a  shared global phenomenon.

“Ambedo” is slated for a June release, and the band hopes to follow it up with tours across Europe  and North America. 

“Making this music was fascinating, it was really easy to create the music and take it further,” said  Chris. “It was a beautiful experience and I hope we can repeat it time and time again.” 



2. SWEET SIN (3:12) 

3. AMBEDO MIND (3:34) 


5. JOHNNY & SUSIE (4:04) 

6. LONG ROAD (3:49) 

7. THE QUESTION (3:36) 

8. BREAKFAST (5:44) 

9. KEEP IT SIMPLE (4:16)  

10. 10. HEART ‘N MIND (4:07)