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Brian Coney
7 June 2023, 13:39

Happy Mondays and Ride members form new supergroup, Mantra of the Cosmos, share single: Listen


Members of UK bands Happy Mondays and Ride have formed a new supergroup, Mantra of the Cosmos.

The four-piece comprises Happy Mondays' members Shaun Ryder and Bez, Andy Bell of influential English rock band Ride and drummer Zak Starkey, who has performed with the likes of The Who and Oasis.

As well as playing an intimate live debut at The Box in London on 5th June and a set on Glastonbury's The Glade stage, the band have released their debut single 'Gorilla Guerilla'. Watch its video below.

Speaking on the new project, guitarist Andy Bell said “It’s a pleasure to be part of Mantra of the Cosmos. Four like-minded souls who get off on the same music.”  

While Zak Starkey reference the quartet's “fantastic psychedelic groove, from a band of misfits outsiders and innovators,” frontman Shaun Ryder said: “‘It’s a fucking blast mate." His bandmate and percussionist Bez added "I always knew the best was yet to come.”

From last year, delve into DJ Mag's longform exploration of how Happy Mondays' 1990 album 'Pills 'N' Thrills and Bellyaches' became the pinnacle of the Madchester sound.