Welcome to the second installment of WE’RE ALL NERDS! Hey, anybody can ask bands about cool band stuff, but leave it to us to make them geek out about real grimy nerd shit, how their unique eccentricities got them where they are and the way it’s shaped their current artistic worldview.
As a Chikara mainstay and Relapse Records signee, you don’t get much more Philadelphia when it comes to super cool motherfuckers than Ultramantis Black, making him hands down my current favorite local celebrity (eat glass, Will Smith!). Now this is a story all about how Mantis’ life got flip turned upside down by cereal (Crünchy Stars, the most metal of all cereal) , 70’s TV and 80’s hardcore.
In all seriousness though, I’ve been a huge fan of UMB both in the ring and on wax for years and it was an honor to meet him, have him absolutely kill it headlining our first show, and be such a good sport for this interview. Salutations, oh great and devious one!