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We are posting every show now in High Quality Soundboard format over at http://www.the-mantras.bandcamp.com and we couldn't be more excited! Check out some new samples here and a lot more over there.

Jambands Ruined My Life

The Mantras' fourth studio release, Jambands Ruined My Life, is a snapshot of a band on the rise. Recorded almost a year ago, Jambands Ruined My Life captures The Mantras in the middle of their growth from the regional ‘party band’ that North Carolina and the Southeast have grown to love into the progressive powerhouse that is touring the country today. Jambands Ruined My Life shows The Mantras’ ability to play with funk and jazz improvisation, live electronica, Middle Eastern, and progressive rock and blend it all seamlessly into the band’s funky, energetic, and confident sound.

A line-up change and family issues had The Mantras reeling in 2011 and 2012. This album allows the listener to hear the honesty of artists experiencing life and all it brings, expected or not. With Jambands Ruined My Life, The Mantras have taken these experiences and turned them into emotional, heartfelt music. The Mantras set out to release an album that is tight and expertly produced, while also showcasing the human side of music. This is something that is getting harder to come by, as computers appear to increasingly take over the music industry. For fans of bands that have made performing on their instruments a central part of their sound, this album leaves the listener relieved that improvisational, progressive rock with minimal computer automation is alive and well in America.

Given its title, Jambands Ruined My Life was appropriately recorded and produced at Jake Cinninger’s (Umphrey's McGee) Boondock Studios in Michigan by the band's full time sound engineer Matt Gordon, with help from Jake as a guest producer and engineer. Jake is also a featured guitarist on several tracks. The Mantras will join Umphrey’s McGee in Richmond, VA at The National on January 26 as part of a nationwide tour, which starts January 17 in Johnson City, TN. This tour has The Mantras performing extensively throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast. Dates are being added every week as The Mantras gain notoriety and momentum due to the anticipation of Jambands Ruined My Life.

'Jambands Ruined My Life' is available for download at www.the-mantras.bandcamp.com

Tour Dates and new single'Kinetic Bump' featuring Jake Cinninger.

Download 'Kinetic Bump' for FREE at the-mantras.bandcamp.com

'Kinetic Bump’ is the first single from progressive rock upstarts The Mantras’ upcoming album ‘Jam Bands Ruined My Life!’ This album is the band’s most cohesive effort to date, defining and refining the band’s sound as myriad and full of depth. The band moves effortlessly between styles on danceable, aggressive, and at times, pensive tracks that take the listener through the full range of emotions the band has experienced over the last two years. ‘Jam Bands Ruined My Life’ is also the band’s thank you to their fans for sticking by them and saving them from a life of who knows what; “one lived entirely in cubicles most likely”, the band speculates.

‘Jam Bands Ruined My Life’ was recorded and produced at Jake Cinninger’s (Umphrey's McGee) Boondock Studios, with help from Jake as a guest producer and engineer. Jake is also a featured guitarist on this single, ‘Kinetic Bump’, as well as other tracks on the full release, which is slated for mid-January. The Mantras will join Umphrey’s McGee in Richmond, VA at The National on 1/26/13 as part of an extensive tour to promote the new album, which has The Mantras performing extensively throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.

Download ‘Kinetic Bump’ for FREE today at the-mantras.bandcamp.com!


Thu, Jan 17 Galaxy Lounge - Johnson City, TN

Fri, Jan 18 Southern Music Hall & Café – Charlottesville, VA w/ Former Champs

Sat, Jan 19 Tally Ho Theatre – Leesburg, VA

Thu, Jan 24 Motorco Dance Hall – Durham, NC w/ Big Something

Fri. Jan 25 Peasant's Pub - Greenville, NC (FREE SHOW!)

Sat, Jan 26 The National – Richmond, VA w/ Umphrey's McGee

Wed, Jan 30 Headliners – Toledo, OH w/ UV Hippo

Thu, Jan 31 The Loft – Lansing, MI w/ UV Hippo

Fri, Feb 1 The Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL w/ UV Hippo

Sat, Feb 2 The Mad Frog – Cincinnati, OH

Fri, Feb 8 Peachtree Tavern – Atlanta, GA w/ Big Something

Fri, Feb 15 Cafe Nola – Frederick, MD

Sat, Feb 16 The 8x10 – Baltimore, MD

Sun, Feb 17 Thunderbird Café – Pittsburgh, PA

Mon, Feb 18 Bullfrog Brewery – Williamsport, PA

Tue, Feb 19 Church-‘Secret Session Series’- Boston, MA w/ Elephant Wrecking Ball

Wed, Feb 22 Thirsty Moose -- Portsmouth, NH

Thu, Feb 21 Nectar's – Burlington, VT

Fri, Feb 22 Sullivan Hall - New York, NY w/ Turbine

Thu, Feb 28 1904 – Jacksonville, FL w/ Cope

Fri, Mar 1 Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin, FL

Sat, Mar 2 Funky Buddha Lounge - Boca Raton, FL

Fri, Mar 22 The Camel - Richmond, VA

Tue, Mar 26 Gerstle's Place – Louisville, KY w/ Dopapod

Wed, Mar 27 Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY w/ Dopapod

Thu, Mar 28 Sycamore Deli – Blacksburg, VA

Fri, Mar 29 Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC w/ Dopapod

Sat, Mar 30 Ziggy’s Music Hall - Winston-Salem, NC w/ Dopapod

Mantrabash tix prices increase this Friday 6/15

Hey fans!

10 Days until Mantrabash! We are all just so pumped to do this thang! TICKET PRICES WILL INCREASE ON JUNE 15TH. That is THIS FRIDAY! You have now been politely informed that you can Save $15 and buy now.

www.mantrabash.com/tickets Make sure you go ahead and save some money and buy your tix TODAY. That money you save can be used in so many fun and different ways! :-D

See you in 10 days.

Love, The Mantras

Fun in the sun and in the studio...

Hello Mantra Fans!

After a wonderfully sunny and musical time at Hangout fest and Outer Hang w/ Eoto which saw Matt Harris and Justin Hasting of Zoogma sitting in with us; we are getting increasingly excited about Mantrabash, which is right around the corner June 21-23 in Ferguson, NC (near Boone and Winston-Salem). Mantrabash features 3 nights of The Mantras, Robert Walter Trio (Greyboy allstars), Particle, Brothers Past, Heavy Pets, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Josh Phillips Folk Fest, Big Something, Tiny Boxes, The Werks , and more! To volunteer at Mantrabash follow this link: http://www.mantrabash.com/volunteer-at-mantrabash, to purchase tix go here:http://www.mantrabash.com/tickets

The Mantras continue work on our new studio album being produced by Jake Cinninger (Umphrey's McGee), Craig Cinninger, and Jim Leep of Boondock studios, with our very own sound caresser Matt Gordon heading up this dream team. Be on the lookout for a new single to come out soon featuring a very special guest soloist.

We are also about to roll out an entire line of new Mantras merchandise. We know you're going to love it all!

Get your mantrabash tix today, or sign up to volunteer and get involved at links below.

volunteers@mantrabash.com www.mantrabash.com


See you all at Mantrabash!

The Mantras return Boondock Studios with guest engineer Jake Cinninger

The Mantras just had an amazing tour with Dopapod all the way down the east coast to Aura Music Festival, The Mantras return to Boondock Studios with guest engineers Jake Cinninger (Umphrey's McGee) and Jim Leep. This is the second round of tracking at Cinninger's Boondock Studios for the band's next studio release, slated for early next year. They are taking their time with this one, and they want you to know, "this one is for the fans!"

Summer festival news has The Mantras in conjunction with Stanlee Ventures hosting their very own festival called Mantrabash (www.mantrabash.com); with bands like Particle, Robert Walter Trio featuring Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) and Aaron Redfield (Grey Boy Allstars), Brothers Past, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, The Heavy Pets, as well as many regional favorites. Other festival appearances so far for The Mantras include The Outer Hang w/ Eoto and PapaMali, FloydFest, Camp Barefoot, Gnarnia, Stereoterra, and Bear Creek later in the year. You can always visitwww.themantras.com for featured free downloads, as well as tour information, other links, news, and street team opportunities.


MANTRABASH -- June 21-23, 2012 -- High Country Motorcycle Camp -- Ferguson, NC www.mantrabash.com