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The San Francisco Bay Area is undergoing a ‘60s musical revival, with scores of bands unearthing vintage keyboards and amps, perhaps wrapping songs in reverb, or Byrdsian guitar shimmer, or choosing between psychedelic haze and Motor City stomp. San Francisco quartet the Mantles join the time-travel fun, and here we get a touch of the Paisley Underground scene, punctuated occasionally — and effectively — with visceral shots of garage rock energy. This self-titled debut shows a band facing the challenge of melding more than one style into a cohesive whole. “What We Do Matters” stands out as a raucous, string-breaking burst of garage- punk fierceness, with singer Mike Oliveres' appealingly simple vocals swathed in reverb, while the Stooges clearly inspire the guitar tones of “Yesterday’s Gone.” But “Burden” (an earlier single) circles in a chemical-induced excursion to the far side, and “Don’t Lie” is a brooding, mid-tempo number, driven by a churning organ and ‘60s-pop guitar jangle. The Mantles smartly avoid overloading their songs with “pop” lightness, keeping a sharp edge to the tunes even when dousing them in lo-fi fuzz.

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Great Debut Album

Started liking them after hearing their 'Burden' single and luckily their debut album contains that track. A great single. Totally harkens me back to some bands I liked from the LA scene in the mid 80's like Dream Syndicate. And unlike lots of music coming out now in "this scene" they don't go out of their way to make it sound extremely lo-fi and noisy and crappy quality. Quality chops. Great songs and melodies and vocals - more hooks than your basic run-of-the-mill crappy garage band. Check 'em out!


"bury me dead" is killer and the other tracks fall close behind. surprised how nimbly they're able to dip into genuinely affecting ballads ("look away", "don't lie") after the punchy openers.


I see soooo much potential in this band!!! Get some high 2 low 2 high notes in a song and they will be making hits. I can almost here curt cobain's whisper in the singers voice. An amazing album for a small band. I will keep track of them.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Mantles -- a sweet yet gritty San Francisco-based indie pop outfit rooted in 1960s garage rock, paisley underground, and the C-86 sound -- started out as a three-piece consisting of frontman Michael Olivares, drummer Virginia Weatherby, and a bassist named Jermaine. The latter left the group early on, and bassist Matt Roberts and guitarist Drew Cramer were subsequently brought on board to round out the Mantles' lineup. The group's debut 7" EP, Burden/Walk with Me/The Garden/Trouble in the Streets,...
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