Isabella Manfredi: “This record is an extension of what I was trying to achieve with The Preatures, but couldn’t quite capture”

Isabella Manfredi
(Image credit: Maclay Heriot)

For 11 years, Isabella Manfredi was best known as the energised and effervescent, groove-riding force that fronted Sydney indie-pop outfit The Preatures. However short their tenure may have been, the quintet remain venerable icons in the realm of Australian pop – so when she split The Preatures up to embark on a solo career, Manfredi was eager not to shed what made them so great.

Her debut solo album is named for the alter ego she adopted in The Preatures – the “the chrome wheel-spinning character” known as Izzi – with Manfredi’s intent being “to capture her essence, but also create space for my true adult self to have longevity and move beyond her if I needed to”. As she declared bluntly in unveiling the record, “I am Izzi but she is not me.”

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…