Hailing from Princeton, NJ the members of Manta, Jack Brickner (vocals/bass), Charlie Guarino (vocals/guitar), and Sam Guarino (vocals/drums), have been playing in bands together since their early teens and writing music well before that. Showcasing dynamic musicianship, meticulous arrangements, and thoughtful lyricism, the group melds their formative love of 60s/70s rock and pop with a thirst for experimentation and a knack for crafting radio-friendly hooks.
All three members are prolific writers, their distinct voices and stylistic blends making for an engaging listen. Layers of guitar and keyboard textures coalesce under hints of psychedelia as the group transitions between energetic fuzz blasts and mood-inducing grooves, sometimes within the same song.
The trio, all of whom are multi-instrumentalists, regularly swap roles and lead vocal duties from song to song, both on stage and in the studio. Manta are joined for live performances by a rotating cast of friends and collaborators in order to replicate the lush sounds of their studio recordings.
Charlie’s tasteful guitar work alternates between spacey arpeggios and distorted licks; Brickner dishes out the groove with melodious bass lines; Sam brings the drums to the forefront with pounding flourishes of foot tapping goodness.
They got it all.