Brockville band releasing first CD

In this March 18, 2016 photo provided by Leigh Bursey, local band Project Mantra will be celebrating the release of its first album on March 19, 2016. (Leigh Bursey via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – Some Brockville band members are celebrating a benchmark in their career – releasing their first CD.

The group Project Mantra – a folk/punk rock band with an urban twist – has just had their live album produced for sale.

The CD, Fusion Manifesto, also features art by local artists ThirdEye Photography, Photos by Harley and painter Jaida Dubois.

The five member group features Leigh Bursey on guitar and vocals, Audrey Cahoon on keyboards and backing vocals, Justin Steacy on drums, Alex Hodges on bass and Matt Vanderbaaren on beat box.

“We all make our basement recordings and our homemade CDs before growing up and making these demos. But in terms of printing something and creating something to hold in your hand that is tangible and that looks official, feels official and sounds official, it’s an exciting process,” Bursey told Brockville Newswatch.

Bursey said it was a financial undertaking, being an independent band without label support.

“The time was right, it was long overdue and finally (we) have a lineup of musicians I’m proud of,” Bursey said.

He wanted the album to give listeners a good feel of what Project Mantra is like on stage, he said. The bulk of album was compiled from various concerts across Eastern Ontario.

The CD release party is happening tomorrow (March 19) at the Union Jack Pub on King Street, starting at 9:30 p.m.

There’s a $5 cover charge and the CDs are $15.

Three other Brockville-based artists and groups will be performing at the event.

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