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From the bedroom communities of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) they came. From the far corners of the area affectionately referred to as "The 905". Amongst the cookie cutter houses, along the ice cube tray layout of plots & streets, where landscaped, manicured lawns that show pride of ownership they burst forth. 4 rather unassuming musicians that are JK MANTIS: Robby Riggs (Lead Vocal) Dario DeCicco (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals) John DiCenso (Bass)
Steve Konstantarakos (Drums/Backing Vocals).
JK MANTIS formed in June 2008 with founding members David Fox, Dario DeCicco & John DiCenso. The three musicians immediately began collaborating, writing & arranging original compositions while forging their unique sound. In September 2009 drummer Steve Konstantarakos joined the trio bringing his experience & song writing abilities to complete the "Power Quartet". In June 2014 David Fox decided to part ways with JK Mantis. Shortly thereafter, through a chance meeting with a high school friend, singer Robby Riggs, the new line up was completed.
The bands sound is VERY GUITAR-CENTRIC! Staight forward & straight up! Hard "got-you by-the-throat" yet melodic. Edgy & fresh yet still has a sense of familiarity. Songs that are poignant without any pretentiousness. When asked about musical influences the band has stated, "Anything & everything that has come before us." & "Too numerous to mention." This is very apparent within the release of "1".
Their debute release "1", released in March 2011, is a full 12 track offering of all original material. Completely self produced by Lead Guitarist Dario DeCicco & the band from a home recording studio. Recording, editing, final mixing, & even the cover art & sleeve graffics were done "in house" (L. Fox). A TRULY INDEPENDANT PRODUCT. Mastering was completed by engineer Scott Lake at the world famous Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA.
Please do check out the band's website at www.jkmantis.com., & on Facebook, ReverbNation, Jango Radio & Number One Music for news, music & upcoming shows.