Starship Mantis is a six piece funk band designed to fuse energetic dance music with technical chops. Their music blends the new school pop-funk sounds of Jamiroquai with the jazz-fusion language of Snarky Puppy, while also incorporating the on stage pageantry of Parliament Funkadelic.
As of the beginning of 2018, the band has a history of performing regionally and with national acts. They have shared the stage with acts like Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Ghost Note, Marbin, Big Mean Sound Machine, and performed at numerous festivals such as Some Kind Of Jam, Farmjammalamma, WaterFire Festival, Deutschtown Music Festival, Feastival, and many more.
After a year of intensive writing and recording, Starship Mantis is preparing for the release of their debut full length album, “Trapped in the 9th Dimension” (May 2018), a contemporary reimagining of the funk-fusion concept album. Modeled after Parliament’s “Mothership Connection”, the album explores a multiverse of sounds which provide the listener with a unique and interpretive story. Through the combination of infectious funk grooves, hypnotic melodies, and daring solos, the band creates a fresh and rooted take on the funk genre.
“Somebody has to be the funkiest band in town, right? Stepping right into that role is Starship Mantis, which sets out to “fuse interdimensional frequencies with Earth culture” on “Trapped in the 9th Dimension,” a debut album that takes its cues from such funk masters as Parliament Funkadelic, Prince and Snarky Puppy.”
“One conclusion is clear: Starship Mantis has as bright a future as the stars its spaceship is zipping past on Trapped in the 9th Dimension.”
“In addition to a tight array of original tunes, the performance was well coordinated and clearly geared for entertainment, featuring coordinated dance moves, dramatic drum breakdowns and monologues from Kelly. The audience, full of members of the Pittsburgh music scene, walked away satisfied and wanting more.”