Live Record: Minden

Minden – Live from the Banana Stand was released on CD 4/20 at the benefit show for BARK at Kelly’s Olympian, which also features Genders and Sama Dams. The digital release is out on 4/23. Please also enjoy the live videos for “On Assignment” and “Monolith” made in collaborating with our partners Collective-47 Productions.

 

Minden impressed us from the start.

 

Part of it was context. Larry Crane introduced us to Minden, who we met when we went to Jackpot! Recording Studios to mix the Grandparents live record.

 

“You’ve got to check out their video,” he said. So we did. It was fantastic, of course, as was the band’s first studio full-length.

 

As impressed as we were by all of the band’s work, we were more impressed with the level of planning behind it. Minden arrived in Portland from Kansas City in mid-2012. They already had, in Gold Standard, one of the best music videos I’ve ever seen from a band at their level. Soon after, they released their first full length — the excellent Exotic Cakes. Simultaneously, it seemed, they went to Jackpot! to begin recording their second album.

 

The whole time, the band was playing as a part of great bills. In fact, they may have played exclusively good shows since arriving in Portland. Within the first few weeks of their Portland debut they had already booked a prestigious Rontom’s Sunday session, where I saw them for the first time. Since, they’ve graced the stage at seemingly every good venue in town, including the Wonder Ballroom as a part of The Mercury’s Malt Ball. While doing so, they have shared the stage with some of Portland’s biggest up and coming acts, including And And And, with whom Minden seems to have a developing kinship.

 

 

It’s easy to hear why Minden has been so successful so quickly. They bring something new and unique to Portland. Smooth, sensual, glamorous, incredibly catchy, and with exactly the right kind of seriousness, Minden has the perfect mix to take Portland by storm.

 

It seems they’re doing so. Minden hit Portland with a plan, and they’ve done work since they arrived. For our part, we’re just happy that this live record (huge thanks owed to Adam Harney and Chris Vita for their deft post prediction work), Collective-47’s fantastic live footage, and our 4/20 benefit show for BARK at Kelly’s Olympian give us chances to work with them. Minden is an act on the rise, and surely one of the best new bands in Portland.

 

-Louie

 

 

Minden – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on October 27th, 2012 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was engineered and mixed by Adam Harney and mastered by Chris Vita. Mike McInerney produced art for the album, which includes original photography from Collective-47 and the evening’s show poster by Brian David Smith. The Banana Stand would like to thank Minden (Casey, Ryan, Dan, Evan, James, and Lia), all who participated in this album’s creation, and anyone that has helped us out along the way.

 

Find more from Minden at mindenband.com, and on Bandcamp, Facebook, and Twitter.