Hutt Valley favourites Mantra take final bow
After forming in year 9, the heavy metal band has led the Hutt Valley youth music scene with energetic live performances at local venue Secret Level.
Mantra members George Rutherford on vocals, Ryan Callaghan on guitar, Reanne de Ruiter on bass and Jeremy Richardson on drums are going separate ways.
Rutherford, pictured right, who says he has enjoyed the years of fronting the group, will perform with funk-rock group Funkacybin.
“Reanne’s going to do sound tech at the School of Audio Engineering in Auckland, Ryan’s jamming with other bands around the place, and Jeremy’s still at school,” says Rutherford.
“He’s a couple of years behind us, and he’s focussing on his education quite a bit this year.”
George says winning their first Hutt Valley High School Talent Quest was pretty special.
“The underdog Year 11s coming along and knocking off the big Year 13 band,” he says.
“We spent the $300 prize money on social events and parties.”
When Mantra won talent quest again the year after in 2010, they put their $500 cash prize towards recording their first album.
Recording for The Bunny Man EP started in November, and finished in April 2011.
It was well received by fans, with 125 of the 150 copies made being sold on the night of its release.
Proceeds from the sales of the album went towards additional recording costs, says Rutherford.
George has high hopes for his new placement in band Funkacybin, a well established Wellington band.