photo . zac johnson
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Mint Mind is a project from musical multi-tasker and electric wizard Rick McPhail. after investing a few years in his proggy-melancholic side-project glacier (of maine), McPhail felt the need to go back and do something more primitive, less ambitious and actually fun again. sound-wise the idea was to do something fuzzy with a garage-y feel and attitude but to try to avoid the typical formulas used in garage music. this meant to try stay away from many of the garage genre’s typical go-to formulas such as the macho vocals incorporated in most of the style, the usual start/stop style riffs a la the Kinks and yes... even the often obligatory reverb overladen and deliberately crappy sound. instead, much like many punk/indie bands of the late 70’s to late 80’s (such as early SST Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Pixies, Pavement, Love and Rockets, Dinosaur Jr., etc.), the beautiful simplicity, energy and rawness is used as a sound template but the songwriting allows a wider horizon of influences. so, when feeling hippie or trippy - be trippy. if feeling indie - let your inner indie out. through this openness in influences Mint Mind’s music becomes a mixture of sweet and sour fuzzy riffage, underlined by a laid back-slackerness, that simultaneously gives nods to a mix of bands from the 60’s to present day. impossible as it sounds, Mint Mind believe they are able to mix and balance these influences without them seeming forced together or contrived.
“near mint” debut was released originally on wiener/upper room records cassette. in 2016 “near mint” was released on LP and in all worldwide digital outlets and streaming services. additional instruments on the album were provided by sven Janetzko (drums, vox) and frank stöckling (guitar, vox).
in 2018 a 12” split e.p. with starkleaner was released on la suisse primitive records transnational series (switzerland) and digitally released as “my new skateboard e.p.”.additional instruments on the e.p. were provided by jil hesse (drums) and hendrik boehne (guitar).
a cover of the Die Sterne’s “stell die verbindung her” is included on the tribute sampler “machs besser”. Die Sterne have also been known to cover mint mind’s cover of their own song in their live set. additional instruments on the track were provided by zac johnson (guitar, vox)
January 2020 marks the release of mint mind’s second long player “’thoughtsicles” available on cd (with bonus cd containing “near mint” and “my new skateboard e.p.”), lp and all digital outlets. the album was once again written, recorded and mixed by Rick McPhail at his upper room studio assisted by zac johnson (ex readymade) and includes a cameo appearance by zac on the track “alcoholicity”. “thoughtsicles” features new members tim wenzlick (drums) and christian klindworth (guitar).
mint mind performs live as a trio with
richard (rick) arthur mcphail – vox/guitars/keys
bands (former and present): tocotronic, glacier (of maine), venus vegas, dishwater, boy division, karl bartos
tim wenzlick – drums
christian klindworth – guitar
bands (former and present) : pete at the star club, fluppe