Catchy and full of fun riffs, this is a solid debut. From Trans Am to Tone to Black Clouds, Washington DC has a history of great instrumental bands and this release sets The Mantis DC down the path to join their ranks.
Favorite track: Night March/ Yolks.
The Mantis is a multimedia group comprising of Dempsey Hamilton on drums and percussion, David Barker on treble string instruments, Doug Kallmeyer on bass string instruments, and Monica Stroik on visual projections. With an improvisational approach to musical arrangements and real time video manipulations, the group has drawn comparisons to Mogwai, Tycho, Explosions in the Sky and Maserati. Buy direct from the artist: themantisdc.bandcamp.com
released October 23, 2020
Recorded by Mark Reiter
Additional recording by Mike Reina
Mixed by The Mantis
Mastering by Mark Reiter
Production support by Vinnie Simonette
Artwork by Monica Stroik
The Mantis DC is:
A fantastic album. I can see why they didn't continue under the name The Evens, as it's a different sound with the bass added. Coriky is the Evens + Joe Lally from Fugazi on bass. If you can imagine The Evens with a slightly more funky, aggressive sound like Fugazi... that's what you get! And there's no way that can ever go wrong. What a great debut album!! smiledozer