It’s not every day you hear a group like The Mantras. This six-piece band hailing from Greensboro, NC hits every end of the rock n’ roll spectrum. The Mantras can take you from a groovy, mellow jam and throw you right into a heavy progressive breakdown. The uniqueness in their sound could be compared to a concoction of Dream Theater meets Rush, with a little bit of the Grateful Dead thrown into the mix.
The shredding from dueling guitar players Keith Allen and Kenn Mogel keep you hooked from the first chord, while the duo of Brent Vaughn on percussion and Justin Loew on drums makes sure you don’t lose any bit of attention, all the while Brian Tyndall on bass and Julian Sizemore on keys keep the groove flowing. Aside from the sounds, the amazing visual effects from Dustin Klein of Videometry ensures the entire crowd is transfixed with his mind-blowing geometrical animations on the projection screen, whether it be a cat riding a dolphin or a dolphin riding a cat.
The bottom line – you never know what to expect at a Mantras show, which is something the band’s fan base has loved from the beginning. That said, the crowd is another key factor in the experience. Members of “The Mantourage” can be found at shows all across the region, each with a strong sense of fun-loving loyalty to the band that creates an energetic atmosphere at every performance.
After playing a post-Phish show in Raleigh on the 14th, The Mantras are making a weekend run at Boone’s own Boone Saloon on the 21st and 22nd, followed by an opening performance for Perpetual Groove at Pisgah Brewing Company’s outdoor amphitheater in Black Mountain, NC. And if that wasn’t enough for North Carolina this season, there’s the ultimate Mantrabash festival in Ferguson, NC on September 24-26. Pick one show, pick them all – either way you already know it won’t be the last one you pick.
– Written by Joshua Scott –