The Minders are a band currently calling Portland, OR home. They once associated themselves with the Elephant 6 collective but recentlly dropped that pyschedelic logo from thier packaging. The music at times recalls the Beatles, the Byrds, and a time when songs could be simple without being stupid or inane. More recent musical outings find the Minders experimenting further with samples and tape-manipulated song constructions. This is a good mix to the formula.
| Hooray for Tuesday
- (Elephant 6 / spinART
| Cul-de-Sacs & Dead Ends
* - (Elephant 6 / spinART records) 1999
| Golden Street
- (spinART records) 2001
| Come On And Hear
(Elephant 6 Recording Company
| Paper Plane
- 7" (Elephant 6 Recording Company) 1996
| Rocket 58
- 7" (Elephant 6 Recording Company) 1997
| Black Ballon
- 7" (Little Army Recordings
| Right as Rain
- 7" (Earworm
| Down in Fall
(spinART records) 2000
* A collection of singles, b-sides, and compilation tracks.
The Minders started out in the collective by being friends with Robert Schneider
(producer of Neutral Milk Hotel
, and Apples in Stereo
founder) in Denver, CO
. After their fist album was released the primary band members, consisting of Martin Leaper
(guitars & vocals) and Rebecca Cole
, drummer, keyboards, and vocals) moved up to Portland
. Members of the band have not been stable over the years. Joanna Bolme
eventually joined up with the band, releasing Down in the Fall
Down in the Fall is a dark affair, where the nearly bubblegum bag of poprocks was dipped through a bottle of cold, wet concrete. The samples start taking over, snippets from advertisements, conversations... Golden Street was recently on Magnet Magazine's must-own list of 2001.
I first saw the Minders opening for Elliott Smith. I did not think much of them. Their music is too simple to catch on to me in a state of immediacy--darker, more abstract instrumental music usually has more of a direct connection with my psyche. But after I began to listen, I realized how amazingly complete Martin Leaper is in executing his short proclamations. Recommended.
Magnet Magazine, March 2002