The Exciting Journey of The Manta Rays

The Manta Rays Band

The Manta Rays band left Saipan Saturday morning for New York and will return home Friday. They will perform with four other high school bands from around the world at Carnegie Hall. The students are very excited about the experience.

In February 1995 they participate in the VII Villa de Bilbao contest, in the pop-rock section, where they finish in second place after Little Fish. That same year they publish their first ep, Touch me!

They are a Tulsa-based band

The band starts working on their second studio album, perfecting their craft. They make contacts with Kaki Arkarazo and sign with Watercolor, who publish their first LP “Estratexa”. During this time Nacho Vegas decides to abandon the group to undertake his solo career.

In nineteen eighty four the group wins a contest at the Villa de Bilbao Festival and sends a demo recorded in Paco Loco’s Odds studios. The result is the ep Touch me! Edited by Subterfuge Records.

At this point, Jackson Gillett and Britton Gregory, who both had their own bands before joining the group, join the band as the songwriters. The new incarnation of Manta Rays has been playing house shows and attracting more and more people. They have a unique style that bridges the gap between classic songwriting styles and contemporary vibes of indie rock and brit-rock. Their music is infused with elements of spacey reverb and tape delay, resulting in a sound that is both infectious and fun to listen to.

They are a five-piece band

Manta Rays got their start as an accidental band, forming in a friend’s garage and performing house shows for friends and neighbors. After a while, they began to attract a following and were approached by record labels. They signed with Watercolor and released their debut album “Estratexa” in 2003. The record was a commercial success, but the band was unhappy with their creative partnership and left the label.

In 1995, they participated in the Villa de Bilbao Contest and came second in the pop-rock section. In the same year they recorded their first LP, produced by Paco Loco and edited by Subterfuge. After Isaias Sanz leaves, Juan Luis Ablanedo joins the group.

Manta rays are migratory and visit productive coastlines with regular upwelling, oceanic island groups, and near offshore pinnacles and seamounts. They feed on small, zooplanktonic organisms like copepods, mysids, decapod larvae, and shrimp. Giant manta rays also aggregate at cleaning sites and to mate.

They are a three-piece band

Despite being one of the most majestic fish in the ocean, manta rays are also among the most mysterious. They have captured the human imagination for centuries, making their way into cultural lore and traditions. Manta rays are the only vertebrate animals with two sets of pectoral fins and two cephalic lobes that extend from their mouths.

After a year of trial and error, the group decides to enter the Dallas Sound Lab studios (PANTERA, RIGOR MORTIS) and record a demo that they hope will land them a deal. Unfortunately, this session was lost in a period of transition and no deal materialized. Eventually, the band will release an album titled “Mobula”. The members of the band are restless and soon start other projects, Xabel embarks on his solo career as Xabel Vegas and Las Uvas de la Ira, while Frank Rudow begins a collaboration with Diabologum. They will also collaborate with Kaki Arkarazo to edit a LP called “Estratexa” on Watercolor.

They are a two-piece band

The Manta Rays are migratory creatures that visit coastal areas with productive zooplankton, in oceanic island groups and near offshore pinnacles and seamounts. Their habitats vary widely, and their movements seem to correspond with the movement of zooplankton, current circulation and tidal patterns, seasonal upwelling and seawater temperature.

SSHS music director and conductor Will DeWitt is ecstatic about the band’s performance in New York, as reported by his wife, Lois. “The kids are amazing,” she said. “They’re all so happy to be there.”

Founded in Gijon at the end of the ’80s, Manta Ray was part of a group of bands that got lumbered with the “Xixon sound” label – a bit like the Spanish equivalent of Merseybeat. Nevertheless, they always maintained their own sense of identity and followed a restless experimental path that saw them incorporate a variety of styles without losing sight of their own musical language. They reunited in 1998 with the addition of Isaias Sanz and Nacho Vegas.

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