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Mangrenade / Bio

All too often, you come across bands that leave you scratching your head, saying "what the hell was that". Bands that look like something from 20 years ago, others that sound like the same ol' crap on the radio, and others that you just plain can't stand. Then there's this little Rock outfit from a sleepy river town that walks into a club like they own the place. They throw songs at you that make you instantly take a stab at where they came from, but leave you thinking that you've never heard anything like it. They have more energy than a jackrabbit in heat, and more groove than your father's Eisley Brothers records. They're loud, pissed off, sweaty, and probably under the influence of something. They're Mangrenade.

Mangrenade came out of nowhere in early 2012. They hail from the Queen City of Cincinnati, where they have quickly emerged as one of the most respected acts in town, being nominated for the city's prestiegious Cincinnati Entertainment Award's 'Best Rock' category. Pulling from influences that range from Desert Rock to Mainstream Rock and everywhere in between, they have a sound that is surprisingly original and fresh that is palatable to people with all kinds of musical tastes.

They released their debut EP, "More Than a Handful" in January 2013, but decided not to call it a day for 2013. After dozens of shows in winter and spring, they decided to begin work on yet another EP. The band, which is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Nick Thieme, Bassist/vocalist Johnny Benjamin Morgan, and drummer Erik Olsen, dug deep and found what they were looking for. A four song masterpiece that they have named "Lions in the Parking Lot". This collection of songs is not really a collection of songs at all. It's more of a audio documentary of recent events. Not events you will find in the news, but the events of our lives. It's about the idea that all of us are disposable, and can be left for dead at any given second, for any given reason. It's about finding yourself when you didn't think you were lost. It's an anthem for the left behind. Nick Thieme puts it best: "There's a lot of hate on this record, but the good kind of hate….the kind we all have, but try so hard to hide. The kind that keeps you up at night, but when embraced will make you sleep like a baby."

The band will be releasing their new EP on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013. They will be teaming up with famed tattoo artist and visionary Brian Brenner to release five limited edition album covers, with only fifty of each being produced, and each will be individually numbered. These will be available exclusively through the band's website and at shows. The album will also be available for digital download from all major online music outlets.

General Info

Band Members
Johny Benjamin-Bass/vocals, Nick Thieme-Guitar/vocals, Erik Olsen-Drums
Artist Name
Home Page
Active Since
Alternative / Heavy Rock

Contact Info

Cincinnati, OH

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