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May 24, 2016

Summer is nearly here, and we’re about to make it a whole lot better with the newest addition to the Mint roster: Heaven For Real!

Hailing all the way from Halifax, Heaven For Real have spent the past two years crafting their distinct and intricate sound. Part of this sound comes from band members’ experiences in various other projects that have made waves in Canada’s independent music landscape. Heaven For Real’s songwriters (and fraternal twin brothers) Mark and Scott Grundy play in Quaker Parents and Monomyth, while its rhythmic forces Cheryl Hann and Nathan Doucet have spent time playing with Old and Weird and Crosss, respectively.

With their first Mint release, Kill Your Memory, Heaven For Real are poised to make their own imprint on the Canadian music landscape. Incorporating the adventurousness of jazz and nervous post-punk energy with poetic lyrical narratives, Kill Your Memory offers a true blend of experimental rock n’ roll. Catchy hooks battle with dissonant tones and unconventional sounds, while lyrics bounce between both the playful and somber moments that animate life.

This album is one you don’t want to miss. But don’t just take our word for it - you can hear the first single,  “Subliminal” over on Stereogum now! The LP and digital versions will be available July 15, but you can pre-order it here now

Tour Dates

June 11 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse

June 13 - Fredericton, NB - ReNeu Boutique

June 14 - Montreal, QC - Drones Club

June 15 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Explosion Festival

June 16 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land

June 17 - Detroit, MI - Kelly's Bar

June 18 - Chicago, IL - Smoakdale House

June 19 - Minneapolis, MN - Reverie Cafe + Bar

June 20 - Winnipeg, MB - The Handsome Daughter

June 21 - Saskatoon, SK - Sound & Silence Collective House

June 22 - Edmonton, AB - The Buckingham

June 23-27 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival 

June 28 - Boise, ID - Neurolux

June 29 - Reno, NV - Holland Project

July 8 - San Francisco, CA - The Hemlock Tavern

July 11 - Portland, OR - The Know

July 13 - Victoria, BC  - Copper Owl 

July 14 - Nanaimo - The Vault Cafe

May 24, 2016

Whoa…how is it almost June already? Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’ve been having a pretty great year so far! It could it be because we’re celebrating our 25th birthday. Or, perhaps, because of the fantastic new bands that have joined the Mint roster this year.

Either way, what better way to celebrate these things than to get seven (yes, seven!) bands together for the annual FREE Mint Records showcase at Sled Island!?!

Come help us celebrate, eat some delicious snacks, hear Jay Arner play Jay II for the first time, welcome new bands to the Mint family, and say hello to our other friends, old and new! It’s going to be one heck of a party.

THE MINT RECORDS SLED ISLAND DAY PARTY!

Friday, June 24th, 2016 at the Commonwealth Bar & Stage (731 10 Ave SW) from 1 – 8:00PM! FREE!

 

FEATURING

Fountain 6:45PM (Victoria, BC)

Jay Arner 6:00PM (Vancouver, BC – Mint Records)

Faith Healer 5:15PM (Edmonton, AB – Mint Records)

Supermoon 4:30PM (Vancouver, BC – Mint Records)

Snacks! 4:00PM

Heaven For Real 3:30PM (Halifax, NS – Mint Records)

Tough Age 2:45PM (Toronto, ON – Mint Records)

TV Ugly 2:00PM (Vancouver, BC)

Doors at 1PM

As per the usual Sled Island tradition, all of these bands will have official Sled Island evening showcases as well. Keep your eyes on the Facebook event for more details, and don’t forget to RSVP while you’re there!

April 6, 2016

We're sooo happy to welcome moody Vancouver pop outfit Supermoon to the Mint family! If you've been to any of our Ridiculously Early Xmas Parties over the past couple years, this should come as no surprise, since we've been huge fans for a while now!

We're super excited to announce that on May 20, the group’s latest excursion, Playland, will be arriving as a 2x7" via Mint. The album bubbles with intelligent, weirdo songs that combine sunny riffs and distorted ring outs. Coated in sugary vocals with driving bass, spectral guitars, and marching drums, the songs of Supermoon seem to wink at something lurking beneath the surface.

Rising from the ashes of two former Vancouver bands, the garage rock outfit Movieland and jangle pop 3-piece Pups, Supermoon borrows aspects from both groups to create catchy, challenging songs. Multi-instrumentalists Adrienne LaBelle and Alie Lynch take turns creating rich, dark bass and bright, sneering lead lines. Katie Gravestock, known as Groovestock to her bandmates, lives up to the name by providing an endless supply of smooth, melodic riffs. Selina Crammond acts as the backbone to the group with her playful drumbeats, reminiscent of the Flying Nun catalogue. Each of the members trade off on vocalist and songwriting duties, making the album at once eclectic and cohesive.

You can hear the first single, "Bottleships" over at Impose now! 2x7" and digital versions will be available May 20, but you can pre-order it here now!

March 21, 2016

Hello! We’ve been holding back our excitement, but now we finally get to announce the latest addition to the Mint catalogue: Jay II.

Jay II is music for outsiders who might not want to be insiders. Sophisticated synth-pop for sensitive types or existential glam-rock for the unsettled. These songs are the soundtrack to fitting in, finding your place in the world of suffering, and finally coming to terms with yourself.

Like the first album, Arner played most instruments alongside Jessica Delisle, his partner in Energy Slime. Tone zoned guitars, sci-fi synths, and muscular drum fills buff up the understated arrangements like a six-pack revealed under a sweater vest. Recorded and mixed in the span of a month with minimal fuss, these nine songs sound both airtight and breezy.

Don’t sleep on the vinyl either because every record collection needs that album art in its full 12" glory. LP, CD, and digital versions will be available June 17, but you can pre-order it here now!

 

March 3, 2016

 

Tough Age are heading on tour in Canada and the USA next month!

After a trip to Japan and a long winter slumber, the bubblegum punk outfit are back on the road. Plus they've just shared a video for New Orleans Square via CMJ!

4/8 Portland, OR - The Know
4/9 Davis, CA - Third Space
4/10 Los Angeles, CA - All Star Lanes
4/11 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
4/13 Tucson, AZ - TBA
4/14 El Paso, TX - Boomtown Tavern
4/15 Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas Barricuda
4/16 New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar
4/18 Washington, DC - TBA *
4/19 Allentown, PA - Consolidated Cardboard
4/20 New York, NY - Cake Shop
4/21 Montreal, QC - Poisson Noir
4/22 Ottawa, ON - Pressed Cafe
4/23 Toronto, ON - Monarch Tavern
4/25 Chicago, IL - Slow Pony Project *
4/27 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
4/28 Edmonton, AB - The Buckingham ~
4/29 Calgary, AB - The Palomino ~
4/30 Vancouver, BC - The Astoria

* = w/ Jo Passed
~ = w/ Napalmpom

January 7, 2016

We're super excited to announce that on Friday, February 26, Vancouver campus radio station CiTR 101.9FM and Mint Records will team up once again to release the fourth installment of the Pop Alliance series!! Showcasing the city’s dynamic local music scene, 11 Vancouver bands, including Mourning Coup, Stefana Fratila, Poor Form, and more have been enlisted to fill the album’s waxy grooves. This compilation arrives just in time to raise funds for local campus/community radio station CiTR, as part of their annual Fundrive, which runs from February 25 to March 4.

For this occasion, Duncan McHugh of Duncan’s Donuts enlisted a team of CiTR DJs—Andy Resto (The Burrow), Eleanor Wearing (Femconcept), Erik Coates (A Face for Radio), Nellie Stark (The Cat’s Pajams), and Nicholas Wang-Tretiak (Muzak for the Observant)—to collect the newest highlights of Vancouver’s independent music community. He even called this his dream team of CiTR DJs!

Only 500 of these vinyl LPs will be pressed. Copies will be available by donating to CiTR’s annual Fundrive, as an LP pre-order from our website, or in record stores. The album includes exclusive tracks from Genderdog, Jerk Jails, Cult Babies, Ace Martens, and minimalviolence and don’t skip on the physical copy because it includes songs from The Shilohs and Ora Cogan that are not available with the digital download. The album was mastered by our good pal Jay Arner and adorned with inimitable album art by Robert Ondzik.

The Pop Alliance LP release party will double as CiTR’s Fundrive Finale on Friday, March 4 at the Hindenburg (23 W Cordova St) in Vancouver with performances by bands that contributed to the compilation.

But who are all these bands on CiTR Pop Alliance, Vol. 4?

Ora Cogan – “Move”

“Big feelings.... All sorts of them. All at the same time.” – Ora Cogan

The Shilohs – “Do the Modern”

Just a rock song about being out of it at a party. Recorded in a shed behind the Lido with Malcom Jack. Matt Krysko on the organ solo, Mike Komaszczuk on the guitar solo. This one could have—should have??—gone on for twenty minutes.

Genderdog – “Aquarium Apartment”

R.I.P. Genderdog...

Jerk Jails – “Extra Flesh”

THEE new band that everybody needs to pay attention to, Jerk Jails are a heavier reincarnation of the Neo Boys. “Extra Flesh” is a Pop Alliance exclusive, and grinds below yer flesh straight to the bone.

Poor Form – “July”

Call it pop-punk or power-pop as you will, bottom line is this is excellently harmonized rage. Poor Form captures the kind of rage and disgust that embraces life in its nastiness. If you aren’t hearing it in July, it could take you back to those idle scorchers. Nothing to do but yell and think.

Cult Babies – “Sister XIII”

Groovy psych from some of Vancouver’s best. Let the haze pummel and/or engulf you, and give in to whatever visions you wish. Written about Tough Age bassist Lauren Smith.

Mourning Coup – “Burn One for the Saints”

Mourning Coup’s music exists in an ethereal realm. Where pop music is distorted in a funhouse mirror and made to matter. You’re dancing by yourself, but all the skeletons of your past are invited.

Stefana Fratila – “Heartland”

“I intended "Heartland" to be listened to on a road-trip or a train ride, it's a song to listen to while in motion, brimming with an intoxicating nostalgia of missing home, or the "Heartland", which for me has always been split between two places, Canada and Romania.” – Stefana Fratila

Late Spring – “Drink You”

Late Spring is an art rock band from Vancouver, Canada. They frankenstein together psych/surf, grunge, and noise influences. “Drink You” is off their debut self-titled Late Spring EP (self-released April 2015).

Ace Martens – “Hiding”

Silky smooth and sticky sweet, “Hiding” is the first song laid to tape since the man became the group: Ace Martens. Recorded in a dimly lit room by Ace himself, the track features Shyla Seller’s tender keyboard and Sarah Cordingley’s chime-laden drums. This song is an extra special exclusive that can only be found on this compilation. It was taken as an early outtake from recording sessions for the forthcoming Palm Springs EP.

minimalviolence – “Body as Landscape”

minimalviolence is one of the top-notch representatives of Vancouver’s thriving underground dance/house scene. Turn the lights off, make sure the room is ice cold, and wallow as you warm up with this gothic pulse.

November 24, 2015

Wow, there sure is a lot going on at Mint HQ these days! In case you missed it, we found the time to shoot this very excellent video for this year’s Ridiculously Early Xmas Party, which is on December 5 at the Astoria, if you’ve forgotten.

Another year, another Ridiculously Early Xmas Party, right? Well, kind of.

This year we're back with another installment of the ever-popular-gravity-defying-bodega-art-bestowing Hot Heros compilation! Hot Heros 2 is 14 tracks of tasty goodness for your ears--although we're not asking what the generous dollop of twirled brown paste the kitchen staff have blessed that stack of pancakes with!

Official release date is Friday, December 4, 2015, but hey, we were never good at waiting until the big day to open our presents, so why should you? Go ahead and give these a spin in advance of the release date. Click here for more details on what this release is all about.

If you want to get this lil gem in physical format you’ll have to be one of the first 50 people to arrive in person at this year’s Mint xmas party!

Thanks to our NYC bodega art aficionado Shena Yoshida for another great cover this year!

Happy holidays!

...But wait, there's so many new faces, what's the deal with them all?! 

Energy Slime – Another snappy vignette of bite-sized micro-pop that blasts into orbit and back in less than two minutes, recorded in Ryan Dahle’s studio with his brother Kurt on the drums, this crispy delight is a dream that we’re happy to pump up LOUD.

Fake Tears – These two make shimmering synth-pop drizzled with gorgeous soaring harmonies sound effortless, but imitating a robot voice? Now, that’s no easy feat.

Heaven For Real – This marks the second time the brothers Grundy have been included in our Hot Heros series. That makes their batting average 100% and songs lacking ridiculously awesomeness ZERO so far. Now that’s an enviable record to keep.

Tough Age – We’ve heard this one performed a lot of times live over the years and always wondered when its infectious hooks and bubblegum riffs were going to see a physical release, and now it finally has! (rip Mammoth Cave).

Aaron Read – Sometimes Aaron Read and Burton Cummings have the same moustache, but that’s really all they have in common aside from the fact that they have both penned a pop gem titled “American Woman” to their name.

Renny Wilson – Maybe you thought this was going to be punk, maybe you thought it was going to be disco. Whatever you expected, it probably wasn’t this catchy little earworm.

Faith Healer – Renny Wilson proved he can be all things to all people this year, and this remix that transcends the pop culture space-time continuum is no exception. Or maybe it’s just a really great dose of its namesake.

Fresh Snow – Swirling hypnotic rhythms from the ever-growing armada of Toronto’s experimental underbelly.

Monomyth – I went to go visit these guys in Halifax this year and found out what Faces Magazine really is. It was the most liberating moment of my post-solopsistic life. It could be yours too.

Kiss Painting – This Vancouver trio brings you the only zombie themed song from this year’s cassette, and it’s a true nightripper.

Brazilian Money – Not a ghost? Could have fooled me with that mellow introspection that meanders beyond the physical world and into the ethereal with the help of that oh-so-smooth guitarwork.

Cantoo – The fact that someone in the room has E.S.P. never stopped anyone from plucking out five minutes of poignant psych-tinged folk rock, and these Edmonton pals prove they can too!

Pick A Piper – Brad has been hinting at this song that he wrote and recorded with his dad (!!) for a really long time now and we’re honoured to give it a physical release!

Radd Ron – Intoxicating repetition. Flawless execution. Successful musician.

November 3, 2015

Ok so Halifax Pop Explosion was a success and Halloween (our fave) has come and gone but we’ve still got plenty more fun stuff coming at you before the year’s out! Like, say, this year’s Mint Records’ Ridiculously Early Xmas Party!?!

On Saturday, December 5 at the Astoria in Vancouver we’re bringing seven bands to perform for all the winter-y goodness that your ears need, including: Renny Wilson (Edmonton/Montreal), Faith Healer (Solo) (Edmonton), Monomyth (Montreal/Halifax), Fake Tears (Vancouver), Energy Slime (Vancouver), Supermoon (Vancouver), and Uptights (Vancouver) plus CiTR Femconcept djs will be playing all your favourite tunes between sets!

Not only are we bringing seven amazing bands out for this super special party but we’ve also got goodie bags full of gifts for the first 50 people through the doors. That’s right – we’re giving away a mix of prizes and gift certificates from Pocky, Horses Records, Red Cat Records, Zulu Records, and more! PLUS we’re giving away a super secret, extremely limited edition Mint release you won’t find anywhere else!!

Tickets are $12 through Brown Paper Tickets or at once of these fine record stores: Horses, Red Cat, and Zulu Records. Mint will be matching the door cash and donating it to Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, Safe Amplification Site Society, and VOKRA. We would also like to thank our radio pals, CiTR 101.9FM. Oh, and for up-to-the-minute party updates, we have a Facebook event up over here
 
SEE YOU THERE!!

September 30, 2015

Hot Toddy! It's that time of year again when we pack up our rain slicker and cart it across the dry Canadian landscape 'til we reach the opposite drizzling shore. That's right, Mint's headed coast to coast from Vancouver to Halifax for a little something known as Halifax Pop Explosion! If you haven't heard of the 22 year old festival, it's probably time you learned because it's a personal favourite of ours. Plus, on Saturday, October 24 we're having a daytime party at the Seahorse Tavern featuring Monomyth, Tough Age, Energy Slime, and Fake Tears... and you're invited!

Music starts at 2PM on Saturday, October 24 @ The Seahorse Tavern (2037 Gottingen St)
5:00 - Monomyth (Halifax)
4:00 - Tough Age (Toronto/Vancouver)
3:00 - Energy Slime (Vancouver)
2:00 - Fake Tears (Vancouver)

 

 

For a little preview check out our Spotify playlist here! Oh and don't forget to RSVP here too!

If you can't make the party, you can still check out Minities at these other great HPX shows!

MONOMYTH

Wednesday, Oct 21 @ Gus' (midnight)

TOUGH AGE

Friday, Oct 23 @ Octopi Computers (6 PM)

ENERGY SLIME

TBA

FAKE TEARS

TBA

See you in Halifax!

July 6, 2015

Hello! We’ve been trying to contain our excitement and omigosh it’s finally time to announce the latest addition to the Mint roster: Fake Tears!

Even before joining as Fake Tears, Larissa Loyva and Elisha May Rembold were already established singers and songwriters in their own right. You’ll probably remember Larissa from her work in P:ano and the Choir Practice, or Elisha from Lost Lover’s Brigade and Shimmering Stars. Or maybe you recognize them both as vocalists for the funked-up Adrian Teacher/Amanda Pezzutto/Shawn Mrazek combo COOL TV? Either way, we’re super excited to have them on board!

The duo’s full-length debut, Nightshifting, is nine songs that send shivers while teeming with beauty. The duelling microKORGs of Loyva and Rembold create a mysterious wonderland and although their masterful label-mate producer Jay Arner’s name is in the credits, these songs show little sign of alteration.

Earnest and unadulterated, Nightshifting explores themes of love and loss but always keeps its playful side in the mirror as these remarkably talented singers let their vocals soar over haunting synths.

Don’t miss your chance to grab this one on vinyl because not only is the sound awesome but so is Sian Hislop’s stunning artwork. LP and digitals versions will be available August 7, but you can pre-order it here now!

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