The Mint Chicks

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Last year the Mint Chicks emerged from the darkness and plastered themselves onto the world stage. Their album Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! shot to the top of the New Zealand charts and stayed there for many weeks. All of a sudden a New Zealand band was the hottest new thing and we loved it. Several singles from the album went to number one on the charts and the bands live shows attracted record numbers. I had the privilege to see The Mint Chicks on several occasions, and their live show is even more explosive than their recordings. The Neilson brothers jump about the stage like men possessed, while the bass player and drummer sporting crazy glasses play louder than the wall of sound.
The band now have two albums under their belt, the best being last years effort. Signed to the legendary Flying Nun Records, I repeat myself in saying the band are the most explosive thing out of this country to crash the world stage in years. They have just finished a tour of the USA and will hopefully be back for more shows in New Zealand and Australia real soon. The two MP3's come from Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! and are my two favourite live tracks.

The Mint Chicks- Don't Turn Me On Just To Turn On Me: MP3

The Mint Chicks- Funeral Day: MP3

The Mint Chicks- Myspace

Licking Letters- Mint Chicks Fan Site


At 8:34 pm, May 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first time I heard them, it was Blue Team Go! I thought it was nuts; seeing them live definitely puts that into perspective.

The Mint Chicks are ever so changing and experimental with their sounds, it's musically exciting. They've also opened my ears to a lot of awesome bands in terms of post-punk and noise.

And thank you Nick for the link to the fan site! Great post.

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