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The Mint Chicks - The Mint Chicks Newsletter Interview

05 Jun 2006 // An interview by Shade
Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?
I've always really loved This Night Creeps. I also really like Missing Teeth, the D4, the Datsuns, Fever Lake, Army of Darkness, the Shaky Hands, So So Modern, the Checks, White Birds and Lemons, the Vacants, Sunny Tokyo, the Rock n Roll Machine, Disasterradio, Malenky Robot, 1000, and a whole lot more I can't think of right now.

What is your favourite NZ venue?
At the moment I'm enjoying the Castle in Hamilton, but over-all I think the Wunderbar in Lyttleton is one of the coolest venues in the world.

What is the best thing about being in The Mint Chicks?
It seems like we've earned the right to do whatever we want and still have a reasonable profile at the same time.

What is the best live gig you have ever been to?
Iggy and the Stooges, BDO this year.

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
working hard and making money with no day job.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?
mostly through themintchicks.com and myspace. The usual I suppose. I have a pretty close relationship with a lot of our fans, some of them just become mates so it's nice to have pen pals.

What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?
I've heard them all. The truth is way more crazy than anything I could up with.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
If you're a musician, than make music.
 

About The Mint Chicks

The Mint Chicks make spazzy, heavy, poppy music with lyrics about things like sports teams, love, death, obsession, and drug addiction. Turn ons: the Buzzcocks, comic books, A Clockwork Orange, Refused, speedfreaks, Devo, At the Drive-In, Flying Nun Records, Public Image Ltd, bright colours, black, the Beach Boys, Naked Lunch, Slayer ringtones, Pro tools, Miles' electric period, Grand Theft Auto, Black Sabbath, ring mod pedals, psychedelia, Roy Orbison, and the Locust.

Playing packed-out little venues in New Zealand since 2002, the Mint Chicks (singer and wurlitzer piano player Kody Nielson, bassist Michael Logie, drummer Paul Roper and guitarist Ruban Nielson) have climbed all the PA's, back flipped off all the drum risers, bloodied all the fingers, scrapped all the haters, broken all the hearts, ripped all the clothing, bashed all the microphones and smashed all the bottles in preparation for the release of their newest and most exciting record: 'Crazy?Yes!Dumb?No!'.

'Octagon, Octagon, Octagon' came in 2003, the Mint Chicks had just signed to legendary NZ label Flying Nun Records. It's influences were varied and it's local impact was felt immediately, taking student radio by storm with 4 number 1's and 5 'bnet' awards, even though it was only a six-track document of youthful enthusiasm and little bit of home-made inventiveness (the band militantly self produce/engineer their records, do their own artwork and designed their own website). This was the sound of hardcore damaged beyond repair by bubblegum, LSD and artschool.

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Releases

Screens
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Year: 2006
Type: Album
Fuck The Golden Youth
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Anti Tiger
Year: 2004
Type: EP
Octagon, Octagon, Octagon
Year: 2003
Type: EP

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