Based in southern Ontario, Wooly Mantis is a powerful progressive rock outfit spearheaded by a group of driven musicians.  Taking influence from legendary rock groups of the 60’s and 70’s and adding textures of Jazz harmony to craft a unique sound which is at times delicate and heavy hitting.  Wooly Mantis is able to create a sonic landscape where rich storytelling comes to life.

The group was founded by singer/guitarist  Daniel Walton  and drummer/vocalist Matthew Woodcroft, whose playing and arranging take the songs to new heights.

Wooly Mantis’ debut project “The Cosmic Venture” is a collection of songs written by Walton and Woodcroft that are designed to not only challenge the listener, but also create a space for imagination and emotion to flow effortlessly through them. With the addition of singer/songwriter Nik Hirst on electric piano and organ, and the ambient, effected guitar playing of David Joyner, the EP has an ethereal sound that will surely take the listener to far away places.

Through the last three years of growing their sound, Wooly Mantis has been performing across Ontario, at clubs and colleges with groups such as The Darcys, Crown Lands and The Lazys. Wherever Mantis plays, they leave audience wanting more of their electrifying music, and now, the wait for the eager fans is finally over, with the debut of “The Cosmic Venture”.

James Healsip

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