West London rock band Måntra stand up and deliver music with a message for the left-behinds and the disenfranchised. “It started at university”, explains frontman/guitarist and the band’s principal songwriter Simon Stark.“I felt so removed from everything socially and emotionally. I just didn’t want to be there, it was numbing for me. Music was the only thing that actually meant something”. Simon formed Måntra with two friends from Ealing, Richard Leeds (bass) and Rob Emms (drums), as an expressive outlet for these subversive sentiments, underpinned by their shared musical influences. The band combine emotive lyrics with haunting melodies, distorted guitars and thundering drums to powerfully affect their audience when they play live. Mantra’s powerful live performance and articulate songwriting caught the attention of award-winning producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Pixies), who invited them to record at his Rockfield Studios. Having released their much anticipated debut EP, ’I Want’, through Dine Alone Records (Jimmy Eat World, At The Drive In), the band’s live prowess has been demonstrated time and time again through a number of high profile supports and tours.
Mantra - I Want
From: London, UK-ENGLAND