"...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..."
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 is meant to be discordant, neither stoner nor post grunge. Their third cd “surfs on the singular” Manitu Rock Wave, very unique and always breaking new ground; 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). Since then, the band has erupted across Switzerland's well-known stages and has released 3 album (Clear & Simple, Rumble B, RAW)
The third album (RAW) has opened the european boarders and has been warmly acclaimed by the Rock press, particularly in France, Italy and Germany.