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American Mantra / Press

“If there could be one word to describe the Texas local scene, it would be "stale". Thanks to the Internet, anyone with enough friends thinks they can pick up an instrument and become the next Attack Attack! or Bring Me The Horizon, therefore spawning an infinite number of whatever-core bands. Few bands have managed to stand out of this music scene, and even less have been able to redefine it altogether. Pop in American Mantra's Foreign EP and very quickly you'll forget the Texas quartet (now quintet) had anything to do with this stale scene. The opener "Pugnaphilia" quickly sweeps you off your feet with technical yet tasteful soloing from lead guitarist Alex Balash. One thing you'll notice right off the bat is that...”

“American Mantra is a classic example of DIY ingenuity. Comprised of singer Austin Radford, Alex Balash on guitar, Wesley Brown on drums, and Dustin Beck on bass, the Dallas-based band recorded their EP with Geoff Rockwell (Forever The Sickest Kids), and self released it. Singer Austin Radford says, "My overall point is that I'm willing to wait for a label that loves what we're doing as much as we are... in the mean time we'll do it ourselves." Austin continues, "We've been self booking all our tours. We're playing SXSW this month and the Cornerstone Music Festival in July." They also have a tour planned in March with The Classic Crime. When asked what genre they fit into, Ausitn describes their sound as 'Thought Rock'. "Everything we do is thought out. We try not to compare ourselves to other bands because right now in the music industry...”