When: Fri., Aug. 2, 9 p.m. 2013
Bay Area quartet The Mantles have just returned from an extensive national tour promoting their recently released second album Long Enough to Leave, which Express music critic Sam Lefebvre said contained some of their best songs to date. The band’s jangle-pop-meets-garage-rock sound is especially electric in a live setting with frontman Michael Olivares’ warbling vocals backed by tons of reverb and distortion. While some of The Mantles’ music feels simple and minimal on their records, the band plays everything louder and faster live, edging into noisier, more psychedelic territory. The Mantles took a six-year break between their debut album and Long Enough to Leave, so be sure to catch the band at The Uptown (928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) when you have the chance. With Skygreen Leopards, New Faultlines, and Cruel Summer.