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Want to know what life is like on tour for your favorite band? Want to hear what the musicians have to say about your favorite festival? How about getting an idea of what is going through the mind of a front man when he is looking back at you from the stage? If you want to get inside the mindset of the musician, we’ve got you covered!
In this installment of L4LM Artist Direct Connect we get a glimpse at a small slice of the hectic tour life of Southeast natives The Mantras.
Since 2005, the band has been perfecting their unique and infectious sound characterized by high energy and precision. It is fusion of jam, metal, funk, and rock 'n roll that grabs you by the balls and gets your groove going. The Mantras continue to impress their peers, and win over new fans at every turn with their instrumental prowess, positive lyrics, and unending drive to put on an amazing show every night! This rising profile has resulted in an incredible year, seeing The Mantras and their members sharing stages in double-bills and direct support for the likes of Umphrey's McGee, Eoto, George Clinton and P-Funk, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and many more.
We have been out on the road for the past couple weeks pushing our brand new album, “Jambands Ruined My Life”, and decided to keep tabs on some of the play by plays, day by day. We have eight people in our crew – this includes the five band members — Keith Allen on guitar, Brian Tyndall on bass, Justin Powell on keys, Justin Loew on drums, and me, Brent Vaughn on percussion. We also travel with a FOH sound engineer (Matt Gordon), a projectionist (Dustin Klein) and a tour manager/merch slinger/ band mom (Lindsay Harris). Here’s a run-down of what we have been up to lately. Enjoy! - Brent Vaughn The Mantras / percussion
January 22, 2013 – Album Release
ruined my life”. He was just being sarcastic and funny, but we’ve been saying that one liner ever since. We have now realized that the clever statement has multiple interpretations. “Jambands” hardly ever make it, or get big, but this impossible dream has kind of “ruined” all of our lives in the eyes of the generic population out there. We’ll never be doctors, or lawyers, or stock brokers. Oh well, we are just going to roll with it. What have we got to lose?
January 25, 2013 @ Peasant’s – Greenville, NC
January 26, 2013 @ The National – Richmond, VA w/ Umphrey’s McGee
tiny nibble. Bruce travels with us from show to show, collects super heady hat pins, flirts with all the ladies, and has his very own Facebook page. If Bruce is not on the stage while we are playing, we do not have a good show. We have definitely jinxed ourselves on that one.
January 30, 2013 @ Headliners – Toledo, OH w/ Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
January 31, 2013 @ The Loft – Lansing, MI w/ Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
The co-engineer/secret-agent-man of “Jambands Ruined My Life”, Jim Leep surprised us at the show — Jim is our tour manager Lindsay’s inspirado. He lives by the “there’s no such thing as Problems, just Solutions” method. Jim tour managed Ali Baba’s Tahini (Jake’s side project – our keyboardist, Justin Powell, joined ABT for their most recent album/tour)
February 1, 2013 @ Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL w/ Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
February 6, 2013 @ The Pour House – Charleston, SC w/ Big Something
February 9, 2013 @ Dub’s Pub – Savannah GA
February 15, 2013
Don't miss the Mantras NYC tour stop:
Friday, February 22nd – The Mantras @ Sullivan Hall
214 Sullivan Street – New York, NY
w/ Turbine, Newton Crosby, Chromatic, and Tweed
$10 in advance // $12 day of show
(Turbine headlines – The Mantras play right before them)
Brand new album titled "Jambands Ruined My Life" available for "name your own price" download at www.themantras.com
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