mantlesSan Francisco/Oakland’s The Mantles return with their weirdly catchy songs and oddball chord changes. The band are giving away as free download ‘Hello’, a charming garage pop track taken from their new album, ‘Long Enough To Leave’ released in the UK on 15th July via Slumberland Records

‘Long Enough To Leave’ is both impressionistic and psychedelic – guitar melodies evoke lyrical themes in equal measure to the plaintive words of vocalist Michael Olivares, whose frank and poetic take on ordinary reality strips familiar themes of their clichés.

By foregoing the theater of retro psychedelia, The Mantles end up innovating in an area of guitar music where many bands get lost fawning over fashions, styles and trends.

Photo by David Armstrong