Manitu, (meaning Wild in Lakota Sioux), has been so appropriately named.This third album gets back to basics with a less polished sound than its predecessors, getting rid of the fundamentals that had ensured the band’s success since forming in 2003.
With RAW, Manitu takes the road of “A more organic....A coarse...A Raw kind of rock”...filled with emotion where ferocious melodic guitars are omni present. Virtually a mix of cast, iron, acid and velvet.
Manitu’s sound, influenced by early Foo fighters and Kyuss is meant to be discordant, neither stoner nor post grunge. Their third cd “surfs on the singular”... very unique and always breaking new ground. This Manitu Rock Wave... being dirty and quite irreverent...never following the trends that come and go.
Manna Lia has worked in L.A. area and toured the US for several years. Back to Europe she co-founded Manitu with David Grillon, guitarist, songwriter and well known producer in the Swiss music business (aka Grigrisound). They completed the line-up with Lionel Ebi on bass, and Diego Rapacchietti on drums (Coroner, Paganini). The band have erupted across Switzerland's well-known stages and have released 2 CD (Clear & Simple and Rumble B) The addition of new drummer Fabio Duro in 2014 created the chemistry the band was looking for.
Manitu spent the past year composing and recording this new opus. RAW was officially released on February 27th, 2015 at Le Sas, Delemont, Switzerland after a week of residency allowing the band to hone its live show for its upcoming tour
"...halfway between the nu-metal, the more metallic grunge of Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, and the stadium rock Foo Fighters or Skunk Anansie ..."
... with glimpses of an interesting vein of “proto-punk” à la Iggy and the Stooges
"...a tone recalling at times Alanis Morrisette, at other times a sort of female version of Eddie Vedder,..."
"...the production under David Grillon, who is also the band’s guitarist, honors the instrument with depth and especially the work on the rhythm section, the roaring bass and drums with a presence and dynamism that are few and far between, as bands today prefer a smoother production by equalizing dynamics..."