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Press - Smash Magazine

“Ya know how you show up late to big shows to skip the usually crappy local opening act? Well, I had the pleasant surprise of arriving early to the Misfits show at the Pound Friday and catching Mastema… I had heard of this band before, but wasn’t familiar with any of their music. The venue was already sold out at this point, and right from the start of their set, Mastema captured the entire audience. Unlike the usual apathy that crowds show for a local band they didn’t come to see, kids were packed up in front, banging their heads and fists to the music, and frequently erupting into mosh pits. It wasn’t until punk veterans D.I. and The Misfits took the stage later in the evening that the crowd gave the same manic response…”

KUZR Music Director
[via - show review blog 08/25/02] -

“Definitely a favorite at the station and on campus. Mastema puts on great shows, and their tunes simply rock!”

Azine Jalali
KALX DJ - The Daily Cal

“I’ve known Mastema ever since they began, and these guys have always embodied the type of artist needed [in] today’s music business. In KGE’s 10+ years I have worked with quite a lot of bands – both big and small – and yet Mastema’s professionalism ranks among the absolute highest. These guys are the hardest working band I know, and as if that weren’t enough, they’re great guys too!“

Scary Gary
Owner of Kid Glove Entertainment/Music Director of KOOX
[from website, 11/12/04]


DIY STAGE COMPILATION (2006) Song of the Phoenix Records. Comprises songs from the bands featured on this the 2005 VANS WARPED TOUR DIY STAGE

ENTROPY - (June 2005) Song of the Phoenix Records. Produced by GRAMMY-Award winning Michael Rosen (Rancid, Santana).

DIY COMPILATION - (June 2005) Smelvis Records. Comprises songs from the bands featured on this the 2005 VANS WARPED TOUR DIY STAGE

BACKYARD CITY ROCKERS III COMPILATION - (summer 2003) Smelvis Records.

BANDS4BANDS 2005 COMPILATION - (summer 2005) Bands4Bands Records.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH COMPILATION - (2003) Undetected Plagiarism Records. Features the unreleased track, "Tendril."

MASTEMA EP - (2003) Kid Glove Records.



From building their own guitar to building their own stage on the Vans Warped Tour (The D.I.Y. Stage -, Mastema truly embodies the hard-working principles behind the “do-it-yourself” philosophy. Mastema’s music provides critical insight into the human condition through a cross-pollination of myth, philosophy, science, and politics; all the while capturing radio and fans with catchy hooks and intense live performances. The band will be following up their well-received EP with a full-length due out in the spring of 2007, supported by radio campaigns and regional and national touring.

* recent album: - Entropy, Song of the Phoenix Records (2005, 2006 re-issue)
- produced by Michael Rosen (AFI, Rancid)

* radio: 76 college station adds to date [Add Wk=10/16/06, Planetary Group]

* recent tours: Vans Warped Tour 2006, Vans Warped Tour 2005

* local venues: Bottom of the Hill, 924 Gilman St., The Pound (RIP), Phoenix Theater

* performed with: The Misfits, The Offspring, My Chemical Romance, Billy Idol, The Transplants, D.I., The Matches

* future tours: - Summer 2007: regional tour on the Vans Warped Tour