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The Mantras rock new tunes at Murphy’s April 19

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Article Published: Apr. 11, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 20, 2013
The Mantras rock new tunes at Murphy’s April 19

Greensboro prog-rock quintet The Mantras will perform at Murphy’s Friday, April 19.

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The Mantras are returning to Boone on Friday, April 19, and coming with them is a whole batch of new tunes from their latest album, “Jambands Ruined My Life.”

The progressive rockers from Greensboro will play Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub, beginning at 10 p.m. April 19. The cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show.

“Jambands” is the fourth studio release from The Mantras, which formed six years ago and has quickly risen from a regional party band to full-time, nationally touring professional act. After a lineup change in 2011 and 2012, the band hit the club and festival circuit at full throttle last year.

“This month, we’re covering a lot of our North Carolina bases,” guitarist Keith Allen said. “Some of our Boone fans are some of the awesomest (sic) and craziest people we know. They travel to come see us, and it always makes it an incredible time.”

In addition to Allen, The Mantras include drummer Justin Loew, keyboard player Justin W. Powell, bassist Brian Tyndall and percussionist Brent Vaughn.

“Jambands Ruined My Life” was recorded and produced at the studios of Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee, with help from Cinninger as a guest producer and engineer. Cinninger is also a featured guitarist on the single “Kinetic Bump.”

The album is available for a name-your-own-price download at the band’s website,

The recording’s name should resonate with dedicated music fans and festivalgoers.

“The whole thing started from a friend of ours,” Allen said. “He got fired from his job, coming to see us in Charleston.”

The “jam band” label is one The Mantras “struggled with” early on, but they now view it as working in their favor, Allen said. “People respect that we’re willing to go out there and play tons of different styles,” he said.

Area fans of The Mantras will want to mark off Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 on their calendars, as those are the dates of the MantraBash festival, located just down the mountain in the community of Ferguson.

Joining The Mantras at the four-day event will be Zoogma, Dopapod, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Big Something and a few dozen other like-minded artists.

For more information on the show, call Murphy’s, located at 747 W. King St. in downtown Boone, at (828) 264-5117.

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