Photo Credit: Zarrar Salik
Dog Drive Mantis is the Toronto (Mississauga)-based sonic brew of Derek Serbin, Mike Papaloni, Carmen Haines and Neilroy Miranda. Since their formation in October of 2015, the band has blended progressive indie post-rock with jazz fusion, always exploring new ways to add to the experiential mix that is their music.
With raw tracks that keep their listeners engaged with the changes, Dog Drive Mantis shares the water with Tortoise, Do Make Say Think, Jaga Jazzist, Snarky Puppy, Streetlight Manifesto and Vulfpeck. DDM aims to make each song a journey. They move along in a progressive format through each section, continuously reinventing previous motifs as the track develops.
Serbin’s carefully constructed and super melodic woodwind lines find support in Papaloni’s colourful guitar harmonies. Miranda’s drums lay down the band’s foundations and deep groovy pocket, while Haines’ thick bass elevates them. But at the core of it all, Dog Drive Mantis is a fluid–able to take on different forms and flow at different velocities through a multitude of different musical situations–although never really confined to any.
Dog Drive Mantis will release its new single “Volta” on August 25.
For Fans Of: Do Make Say Think, Snarky Puppy