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November 30, 2017
Kellarissa Ocean Electro

Larissa Loyva has a long history with Mint beginning with the 2005 release from her project with Nik Krgovich, P:ano. Since then Loyva has had her hand in a boat load of projects including Fake Tears, The Choir Practice, How To Dress Well and has served as a touring member of Destroyer. Loyva is back in action as Kellarissa (which translates from Finnish to “in the basement”) for the release of her third album on Mint entitled Ocean Electro. The albums sweeping synths and ethereal vocals fit in with the spirit of fellow BC based new age/experimental pop artist such as White Poppy and Mourning Coup or synth pop revivalists like Molly Nilsson or Tropic of Cancer. The album was recorded in Vancouver, BC with Jay Arner and mastered by Josh Stevenson

Exclaim announced the album today and shared the debut single. “Ocean Electric” kicks off the album bursting with energy and adorned with icy synthesizers that sound straight out of a Berlin club playing obscure minimal wave singles.

Kellarissa will be performing as part of The Mint Records Ridiculously Early Xmas Party which is happening on December 2 at Vancouver's Astoria. You can get more details on the event here.

Tracklisting:

1. Ocean Electric
2. Black Sea
3. Too Drunk to Be Afraid
4. Ships in the Night
5. Mirabel
6. Poppies in July
7. Hey Hey Rosé
8. The Radio

 

 

 

 

November 10, 2017
Mint Xmas Party

Sometimes it seems like the only thing you can count on in life is the fact that Mint Records will always have a Xmas party and always have it ridiculously early! This year Mint is bringing it’s Ridiculously Early Xmas Party back to The Astoria in jolly old East Van. We’re bringing out all of your Mint faves this year, Woolworm, Needles//Pins, Jay Arner, Supermoon, Kellarissa plus Mint pals, Dumb. The bill is rounded out by Shitlord Fuckerman performing your favorite Xmas carols between bands. We hope you try to sing along… if it’s possible.

As usual Santa will be giving away gift bags jammed with goodies from Mint, Neptoon Records, Red Cat Records, Audiopile, Pocky and Lush to the first 50 people through the door. Also included in your stocking is a copy of a surprise Xmas flexi single that we will reveal closer to the date!

Proceeds from the party will go to support some of our favorite causes; Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, Good Night Out Vancouver, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy.

 

Tickets available at Red Cat Records and Neptoon Records as well as online at Brown Paper Tickets.

More info on Facebook!

Sponsored by CiTR 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine.

Poster art by Lisa Czech.

The Mint Records Ridiculously Early Xmas Party

Saturday, December 2nd

The Astoria (769 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC)

Featuring:

Jay Arner

Supermoon

Needles//Pins

Woolworm

Kellarissa

Dumb

plus: Xmas carols by Shitlord Fuckerman

September 6, 2017
Tough Age shame 2017

In the two years since Tough Age’s sophomore LP, I Get The Feeling Central, the curmudgeonly comic book loving band have reinvented themselves. Founding members Jarrett Samson and Penny Clark relocated to Toronto from Vancouver, channelling their love of Flying Nun indie-pop into a new three-piece line-up with drummer Jesse Locke (Century Palm, Simply Saucer). The first glimpse at this new direction was their “Guess Not/Unclean” 7” EP, now followed by their long-awaited third album, Shame, due out on Mint Records on October 20th, 2017.

Recorded and mixed by Freelove Fenner’s Peter Woodford in his Montreal studio The Bottle Garden (TOPS, Moss Lime), with cover art by comic artist Patrick Kyle and mastering by Mint’s own Jay Arner, Shame is Tough Age’s most collaborative effort to date. Honing their econo jams on tours across North America and over the sea to Tokyo, while sharing a stage with artists such as The Courtneys, HSY, and recent Mint signees Woolwoorm, the trio has re-emerged with a fresh set of songs that are simultaneously minimal, dynamically propulsive, and eerily experimental.

Shame’s first side is charged with fuzzy pop energy, from frenetic opener “Everyday Life” to the herky-jerky punctuations of “Piquant Frieze” to the sweetly rambling “Reflected.” On the b-side, Tough Age delve into their emotional honesty with the swooning “Pageantry” (“The biggest bummer of a song I’ve ever written, which is saying something” laughs Samson) and the powerfully contemplative title track, closing the album with extended surges of feedback.

Limiting overdubs while trying to record as much live in the studio as possible, plus paring an original set of 20 songs down to a sleek eight songs in 32 minutes, the most noticeable addition to Shame is Clark’s lead vocals on a pair of standout tunes. Switching to bass for Tough Age’s new line-up, “Ghost” is a heavier reworking of a song by her Vancouver punk band The Drearies, while “Me In Glue” finds Clark increasing in shouty intensity over chorus-drenched guitars.

“I don't like to complain or express frustration very much in everyday life because I want to trick people into thinking I am a very calm person,” says Clark. “But there are lots of things that bother me and I think about them a lot so I try to put all those feelings into my songs and then I have an excuse to yell about things. Maybe you've also felt things like that and we can feel them together.”

While the prominent placement of a Tough Age poster above Archie Andrews’ bed in the TV series Riverdale was a hilarious thrill for the band, their musical tastes dig much deeper. On Shame, the influence of New Zealand acts continues to loom large with Tough Age’s tribute to The Clean on the slyly titled “Unclean.” Less obvious inspirations include early ’80s London, ON group The Hippies, the off-kilter drumming of U.S. Maple, and the austere lyricism of The Urinals’ “punk haikus.”

Following the album's release, Samson says Tough Age plan to "keep playing music, keep putting out music, tour, have fun, not get on each other’s nerves too much, and refuse to compromise our intentions."

 

July 21, 2017

It's been a year since Heaven For Real dropped Kill Your Memory on Mint Records but the band is far from done with it!

Today the band announced a string of tour dates in Canada and Japan via Exclaim! The Canadian dates include stops in Toronto, Montreal and the always lovely Sappy Fest. Later in August the band is going on tour in Japan where Kill Your Memory was released by Dead Funny Records last year. 

To celebrate we're offering 10% off your copy of Kill Your Memory until the band returns from tour when you use the promo code 'comehome'.

 

HEAVEN FOR REAL ON TOUR:

AUGUST 6TH / SACKVILLE, NB / SAPPYFEST

AUGUST 9TH / MONTREAL, QC / POISSON NOIR

AUGUST 10TH / OTTAWA, ON / AVANT GUARDE BAR

AUGUST 12TH / GUELPH, ON / TAKE TIME VINTAGE

AUGUST 13TH / TORONTO, ON / BURDOCK

 

Japan:

AUGUST 23TH / SHIBUYA, TOKYO  / TSUTAYA O-NEST W/ CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH

AUGUST 25TH / KOCHI, JAPAN / CHAOTIC NOISE

AUGUST 26TH /  FUKUOKA, JAPAN  / GIGI

AUGUST 27TH / TOKYO, JAPAN / STUDIO SHIMOKITAZAWAWA BAYD

AUGUST 28TH / OSAKA, JAPAN / HARD RAIN

AUGUST 29TH / MATSUMOTO, JAPAN / GIVE ME LITTLE MORE

AUGUST 30TH /  NAGOYA, JAPAN / K.D JAPON

TICKETS HERE

 

July 6, 2017
Faith Healer - Try ;-)

Mint is very happy to be able to announce that we're going be releasing a new album from Edmonton's Faith Healer! Try ;-) (Yes, the emoticon is part of the title) is due out September 8, 2017. The follow-up to 2015’s Cosmic Troubles was largely recording during an intensive month-long session in September 2016 at Wilson’s personal studio in Montreal. During the process, Jalbert rented a room in Wilson’s house and the pair spent hours jamming and listening to bargain bin rock records in the basement.

“The last album had a lot of flowery ‘60s flourishes,” Jalbert explains. “This time, we wanted to simplify it and just do some straight-ahead songs. Focus on the song itself rather than all of the production.” The pop-rock arrangements are still overflowing with beautiful sonic details—from the Twin Peaks synths that enshroud “Sterling Silver” to the funky clavinet that’s nestled within the paisley-patterned pop of “& Waiting—but the instrumentation is stripped down enough that it can be faithfully recreated by a live band. Jalbert and Wilson were inspired by the garage-punk snarl of Wipers, the deadpan drama of Leonard Cohen’s Death of a Ladies’ Man, and the classic songwriting chops of Scott Walker and Elvis Costello.

The relatively stripped-down arrangements, combined with Jalbert’s graceful hooks and pitch-perfect delivery, make Try ;-) sound effortless. The truth, however, is that its creation was anything but simple: the songs were meticulously crafted with great effort, with plainspoken lyrics that thoughtfully reflect on self-empowerment, depression and appreciating the good in life.

Balancing melancholy lyrics with playful moods, lush melodies with straightforward arrangements, Try ;-) is the sound of an introspective loner leaving her bedroom to make a rock record with her best bud. It’s what happens when you stop taking life as it comes and instead throw all of your effort into making timeless pop songs. Forget what the bullies told you in middle school—there’s nothing cooler than trying hard.

Vinyl pre-orders of Try ;-) will come on blue vinyl (while supplies last) and deluxe gatefold packaging.

 

June 19, 2017
Woolworm - Deserve To Die

Mint is very excited to announce that we've signed Vancouver emotional-but-not-emo band WOOLWORM! We will be releasing their sophomore LP, Deserve To Die, on August 25, 2017. Pre-order is now up!

Existential lyrics, loud-quiet-loud dynamics and emotive guitars might have some confusing Deserve to Die for another entry in the current emo revival. Don’t get it twisted, however — Woolworm are a hardcore band who have decided to play pop music.

Birthed from Vancouver’s hardcore scene, the band have perfected peppy pop songs that simultaneously bear the crushing weight of being alive. On the surface, the music falls somewhere between vintage indie-pop like the Chameleons and fuzzed-out stadium alt-rock like the Smashing Pumpkins, but every once in a while they drop nods to aggressive influences like Integrity and Cold World. 

Thanks to their relentless touring and penchant for pop perfection, Woolworm have spent the last decade steadily growing a feverish fanbase. Their 2012 album Believe in Ourselves is an undeniable (if under heard) cult classic, and they’ve got a stack of singles and cassettes to prove that it wasn’t a one-off fluke. With Deserve to Die, however, they’ve reached for something beyond themselves. 

The album was produced at Rain City Recorders with Jesse Gander (White Lung, Japandroids, Go It Alone). “It was our first time recording in a studio with a Wikipedia entry,” frontman Giles Roy says, noting that they made the most of Gander’s plethora of amps and guitars.

The loud, hi-fi production adds gravitas to the band’s songs, which are both engaging on their own and as a whole. Deserve to Die, as its title suggests, is a vital, addictive and downright depressing examination of dread and mortality.

“The songs are about loss, regret, alienation, and acceptance. And death,” Roy says. “Death is the only constant theme…. We all die, and you can't do much but laugh about it. Also, the whole thing was written over such a long period that our members’ lives happened to change drastically throughout the process. We've helped each other through those things at different times. So in some ways, it’s about everything at once.”

With its hummable melodies and heady themes, Deserve to Die is a perfect late-summer record. You’ll find yourself singing along in the sunshine, then you’ll contemplate the tragedy that is human existence as the leaves begin to turn.

Woolworm is Giles Roy (guitar, vocals), Alex Pomeroy (guitar), Heather Black (bass, vocals) and Nick Tollman (drums).

June 15, 2017
Tough Age - Unclean 7 inch EP

Surprise!

Here is a new 7 inch EP from Toronto reluctant punks Tough Age! 

Released just in time for their appearance at the Mint Records showcases at Ottawa Explosion and Sled Island, the EP is a manifesto, introducing fans to their new direction. Tough Age joined Mint Records in 2013 and has released two LPs on the label, their self titled debut in 2013 and I Get The Feeling Central in 2015. Since relocating to Toronto from Vancouver three years ago the band has channeled their love of underground Flying Nun styled indie pop and stripped down to a 3 piece to facilitate efficient touring and writing. The band is back in action this summer with tour dates and festival appearances at Sled Island, Ottawa Explosion and Sappy Fest. 

The single kicks off with two snappy tracks featuring bassist Penny Clark on vocals. “Guess Not” is a blistering blink-and-you’ll-miss-it punker that sounds like an angry Shop Assistants song and is followed by “Not Bad” a swaggering piece of indie pop that mines the golden age of intelligent DIY indie pop. Guitarist Jarrett Samson rounds out the record with “Unclean,” an ode to the classic kiwi pop of The Clean and Double Happys. The track builds up from a deceptively simple guitar line held together by the solid drumming of Jesse Locke until it reaches an unhinged surf rock crescendo. 

The EP was recorded and mixed by Peter Woodford in Montreal at The Bottle Garden (Tops, Moss Lime) and the artwork was handled by Toronto based comix artist Ginette Lapalme. Mint Records’ own Jay Arner took care of mastering.

 

April 28, 2017
The Smugglers - Dirty Windshields

In conjunction with Grant Lawrence's new book of tour memoirs, Dirty Windshields, Mint Records is releasing this companion soundtrack, which features the "best" of The Smugglers catalogue from 1988-2004. This digital-only collection is a wild trip through the classic rock 'n roll that put the Vancouver band on the map and sent them out on globe spanning tours with the likes of Mudhoney, The Donnas, The Gruesomes, The Mummies, and The Dwarves. 

Listen now on Bandcamp

The Smugglers are back on the road this summer with shows lined up in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa Explosion Weekend

April 7, 2017
Mint at CMW

Every April the Canadian music industry descends upon Toronto to prove to each other that we survived another Winter. This year Mint is throwing such a good party that you'll forget that Winter even happened!

Join us on Saturday, April 22nd at The Handlebar for a stacked bill of Minties and friends.
RSVP on Facebook!

Saturday, April 22nd
The Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave, Toronto)

Fountain - 9:00pm
Heaven For Real - 10:15pm
Renny Wilson - 11:00pm
Faith Healer - 11:45pm
New Fries - 12:30pm

Other Mint shows at CMW:

Monomyth
Wednesday, April 19 -11:00pm - Baby G

Heaven For Real 
Friday, April 21 - 1:00am - Silver Dollar

Faith Healer 
Wednesday, April 19 - 9:15pm - The Monarch

 

April 4, 2017

We're very excited to welcome Vancouver power-trash trio Needles//Pins to Team Mint! Mint Records has teamed up with Portland’s Dirt Cult Records to co-release the bands 3rd LP, Good Night, Tomorrow, on June 30th. The albums first single, Back To The Bright was premiered today via NPR.

The record is a progression both musically and lyrically from their older material while still maintaining the hook-centric philosophy of their previous releases. The band has become legendary in Vancouver for wild shows and gruff but catchy punk rock melodies. They draw from classic punk roots like the wiry pop of The Buzzcocks and the gravely anthems of Stiff Little Fingers, but have a unique West Coast approach that would align them with the catchiest of the Lookout! or Dirtnap Records catalog. Though none of the band’s songs overstay their welcome, you’ll find yourself humming one of their hooks days after seeing them play.
 
Recorded with Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung) in Vancouver at Rain City Recorders, the record shows an organic growth from the power pop of their previous two albums. Guitarist and singer Adam Solomonian’s voice is gruffer from playing hundreds of shows, and you can see a richer appreciation of the group’s influences such as Jawbreaker and The Replacements at play in the song writing. Tony Dubroy’s solid bass lines and Macey Budgell’s heavy drumming combine to form a powerful rhythm section that perfectly complement Solomonian’s simple-but-pointed guitar playing. 
 
Needles//Pins have heavy North American touring planned for the summer including performances at Sled Island, Ottawa Explosion and Pop Montreal.

Pre-order Good Night, Tomorrow now and get limited edition grey sky swirl coloured vinyl!

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