Mandana
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Mandana

San Jose, California, United States | SELF

San Jose, California, United States | SELF
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"I Own Leather Sleeves - Album Review (Excerpt)"

Mandana are lo-fi, everything sounds like it was recorded in one take and the band, Calvin Ellis, Brandon Bettencourt, Christian Martinez, Ian Brown and Ezequiel Galvan, are neither virtuoso or slick. They do, however, have a couple of important redeeming features. They know how to write a tune, and I suspect they’ve got great record collections. The first attribute can be heard all over the songs of “I Own Leather Sleeves”. “Cool School” and “The Feeling Inside” are the best of the bunch, the former features a guitar line that’s stepped straight out of mid-70’s New York and the latter is pure ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll as interpreted by Lou Reed and/or Eddie and the Hot Rods. Lou Reed crops up again on their version of Tommy James’ “Crimson and Clover”, where the familiar central riff is given a Velvets makeover, and “Why Won't You Be My Valentine?” might feature some ‘interesting’ harmonies, but there’s no doubting its ‘60s proto-punk roots. - Leicester Bangs


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I Own Leather Sleeves (12/5/11)

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We are a rock band that started over year ago in San Jose, California, and we're hoping to make it big! We like to cover a lot of the Rock'n'Roll genre from about '62 to '94. Also, we have a lot of original material that we play in our performences as well. The influenes that we like to follow are Rolling Stones,The Band, The Beatles, Van Halen, Cream, The Cars, Led Zeppelin, and The Eagles. Definition of Mandana: A bandana that is worn on a MAN!