The Mandrake Theory

The Mandrake Theory

BandRockNew Age

New style rock. Been compared to Incubus,Deftones,Tool,&Mudvayne.We're constantly told that our live show is better than our CD,&we have a very significant&ever-growing fan base.We plan on making music our careers, so we take what we do very seriously&have fun with it also.


"The Mandrake Theory began nearly five years ago as four best friends who had grown up together picked up instruments and began the music-writing process. All the many nuances that separate this group from their peers all go back to the very beginning days. When the band began years ago, it was simply four best friends. Within weeks, the band became their lives. By the time they were out of high school, they had gone through a few lineup changes. Jon and Ryan became the only original two members, and despite the loss of half the original 'band of brothers', the band soon became what they now consider, in a way, a supergroup.

With recent events and situations, the band has each individually realized that they cannot see themselves doing anything other than writing and playing the music that they love. And so becomes their always-present goal: to make a career with the music.

They don't write music to conform with everything else that is out on the airwaves. And all of them having such a vast musical background, they simply shake their heads at criticisms they receive from people or other bands who make music out to be competition. This is a band that are all strong believers in the fact that musicians should coexist to help each other, pick each other up, and benefit from each other, not put each other down. Another quality that defines The Mandrake Theory is that they understand that nothing great happens without hard work. The number of hours that each of them has spent individually and together writing and perfecting music is innumberable. As much as having fun is a big part of their lives, they understand that hours of hard work come before living the rock & roll lifestyle. The Mandrake Theory is a band that is strongly defined by not only their music, but their work ethic, morals, determination, and friendship.

Their diverse musical background helps to bring so much variety into the music they write. They have experiences from classical ensembles to jazz bands to metal bands. Ryan and Jon have years of musical experience being on the national stage in front of an audience of thousands. With the experience and knowledge that each individual brings to the table, this band grows stronger and their potential grows higher each day.

Currently, The Mandrake Theory is in Atlanta's Virtuo Studios recording a full length album, following up their highly successful and popular 8-song EP that was released in August. They are also currently busy writing new material and preparing a live show that will be so explosive and nearly flawless that it will guarantee a great concert for someone seeing the band for the first time. Quite recently, the band has been told on numerous occasions that their live show is better than their recordings. Ryan, guitar, says that'"that is the biggest compliment I think we could possibly get as a band as far as performance goes. We put hours of work into our CD, and we're all proud of it! But to sound better live when theres so much more room for error? Thats hard to fathom.' The fan base of this band continues to grow larger every day, and in the words of Joe, the promoter/manager from a venue the band commonly plays at, The Mandrake Theory is 'one of the biggest drawing unsigned bands we at The Warehouse have ever seen'. And the crowds grow larger with every show.

They have each said it and live strongly by the words, 'We will do it.' And in the words of Jon, 'In a way, we have already made it. We have a CD that people love, the shows are great, and we have the coolest fans a band could ask for.' But they continue to move forward with every passing day, and embrace those who embrace them and share in the music. And so defines The Mandrake Theory."

-Bio written by a close friend and supporter that wishes to remain anonymous who has followed the band for years-


A Semester

Written By: Trey Dunn III

You are the sunshine I keep in a box for the rainy days i come across and
Walking down these flooded streets and all these feet keep stepping on
My dreams my goals my point of view
Exactly how it sounds
I only smile with you in mind whenever you're around.

So I will walk into a meadow and stare straight at the clouds
And tell them they can block the light whenever they feel proud and
I wont mind with you in mind.

Spinning till I see clearly again
Losing focus, gaining insight, time to fly to California


Grab a partner learn your scene we all have our parts
Holidays down from the attic and back into our hearts
And we should smile at one another, as the snowflakes kiss your face
And bury your cheek in my scarf with every warm embrace

So against my nerves I walk on stage and slowly spit out words
Confessing everything I know and making matters worse but
All that fades, they’ll go away.

Spinning till I see clearly again
Losing focus, gaining insight, time to fly to California.
Friends and seasons change Friends and seasons change

Smiling over coffee and sitting in the fog and
Waiting for the sun to rise
Remind us of the clock
Sit with me, I'll sing you songs of anything you wish
And as leaves fall all around ill pretend they don’t exist

So blow kisses from your window as I pull away
And dream with me as we both sleep of our times awake
On my drive home, I'm not alone.

Spinning till I see clearly again
Losing focus, gaining insight, time to fly to California.
Friends and seasons change Friends and seasons change


Written By: Trey Dunn III

Dear God, what the hell is this?
What the hell happened to my friends?
Spiral down and grew so cold
From the ice as it took hold
Of everything I ever knew
Memories still smile through
Of breaking habits, breaking bones
Damn it, just leave me alone

This wont blow away
Like leaves in autumn's cruel joke
Life gains beauty as it fades
I hope you dont get to cold

I'll never forgive time
For moving in one direction
As my regrets start to tick tick tock away

Bleach does not lead to purity
It covers up, it covers all
Mistakes that brought you here
Vitamins and irish beer
So here's a toast to all my friends
And all the happy times we spent
As the winds change so will you
Stay your course, but write it too.

Wish it away

Common Bond

Written By: Trey Dunn III

The color of your soul
Is easier to see when I close my Eyes and feel it
Disrupt the flow of my...what is mine?
I'm never really sure

I wont forgive you
I wont forget you
Wishes come true
And come after you

The machines collide
I'm trying to find my way to that side.

When nightmares manifest
They are easier to deal with when i Close my eyes and feel them.
Disrupt the flow of my...what is mine?
I'm never really sure.

Xero to sixty, sixty to xero.


--April 2005 - 5 Song Demo
--August 2005 - 8 Song EP
--Coming early 2006 - 5 Song EP, followed by 15-song album produced by Virtuo Productions, manufactured by Discmakers, Inc. (title yet to be determined)

Set List

We typically design setlists around the length of time that we will be playing for. For typical shows, we usually play for 40-50 minutes, all original music. Occasionally we will play a cover if it is appropriate.