Here are some pictures and an after movie of our recent live nights in Amsterdam and The Hague! Big thanks to the bands that played: Phobophobes, The Hazzah, Teddy’s Hit and The Mighty Breaks, and Kasper van Steveninck at Red Light Studio who filmed and edited the video.
Catch the Hazzah live on 3FM tonight, and will be playing a new track that hasn’t been released yet! They are on from 00:30 till 02:00.
Pitou has revealed the artwork for her upcoming EP ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’, due for release on May 11th, with a release show at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam on May 13th.
‘Be Delicate’ is the 4th track from the new EP, that was kindly played on BBC Radio 1 by both Hugh Stephens and Phil Taggart. Listen back to Phil’s show here, ‘Be Delicate’ can be heard at about 57:00.
“I love that. It’s so .. so strange isn’t it. I can’t wait to hear the full record. That’s a very brave move as a new musician, releasing something that is completely a capella.”
We can’t wait to share the full EP with you on May 11th. If you can make it to the release show, be sure to get your tickets in advance. You can do that here.
Marieke McKenna of Mink Records spoke to Noisey NL about being a young female in the music business. You can read the full interview, in Dutch, here.
We are hosting two crazy live nights at two of our favourite venues, on the 5th and 6th of April, one at OT301 (5/4), Amsterdam and at one PIP Den Haag (6/4)! We are joined by our friends Phobophobes from London, The Mighty Breaks, The Hazzah and Teddy’s Hit. Dancing + DJ’s after. Don’t miss it.
See you there
Nothing is stable, everything is usually on the brink of collapse, yet Phobophobes have dragged their weird and wonderful dark psychedelic rock’n’roll into the light of “Miniature World”, their recently released debut album. Their influences are widespread – and atypical – with the music closer to the spirit of apocalyptic garage rock than it is to consumer pop. Think Wall of Voodoo, Joe Meek and Leonard Cohen via Monty Python and The Magic Roundabout. Phobophobes are now as settled as a band as they have ever been and “Miniature World” serves notice that a new era has begun. Recently they have started to gain more and more attention. Lauren Laverne has regularly played the band’s tracks on BBC 6 Music, while the album was mixed by Youth, of Killing Joke, who produced “Urban Hymns” by The Verve.
THE MIGHTY BREAKS
Known for their high energy live shows, The Mighty Breaks’ weapons of choice are fuzzy guitars, keyboard riffs and the perhaps unusual but well thought out addition of saxophone, a combination so constructed that it would make any set of ears twitch. Their Garage Pop/90’s alternative sound is inspired by artists like Guided By Voices, Black Lips and The Dandy Warhols. TMB released their debut EP on Mink Records last year, toured the Netherlands and Italy, and are currently working on their debut album.
Explosive fuzz sounds, a groovy transistor organ and thick waves of ‘verb will keep you floating as the boys of The Hazzah bring you their surfy garagerock. Their combination of sultry psych jams, garage and a load of live energy make every show an experience. Their sound has been described as The Black Lips and Allah Las having a one night stand. The Hazzah released their debut EP ‘XEX’ on Mink Records last year. Noisey/Vice premiered their video for ‘Not Getting Older’, and the band played Dutch travelling music festival Popronde. The band is currently recording new material.
The new Amsterdam-based band everyone is talking about. After releasing a teaser of their debut track ‘Tori’s Love’ on Pornhub, accompanied by a great video by Danny Griffioen, they grabbed the attention of the Dutch indie media. Their slackerrock sounds like a tougher mix of Ultimate Painting, Mac DeMarco and White Denim.
We proudly bring to your ears the ethereal track ‘Causeway’ by Scotland-based trio Avocet. Available on all major streaming platforms 🌙
Vocals & harp: Iona Zajac
Guitar: Sam Grassie
Double bass: Herbie Loening
Recorded in Amsterdam at the Abbey Road Institute by Michiel Mutsaerts & Dieter Boels, executive production by Marieke McKenna, mastering by Bart Schatteleijn, artwork by Michiel Mutsaerts
Many thanks to Spotify, Folk Radio UK and Indie & Folk Radio for adding Causeway to some beautiful playlists.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Christmas party with The Visual, The Hazzah and The Daily Indie DJ team on the line up at Paard, The Hague.
Blessed days to all, and a very happy new year from Mink Records!
Today on the interwebs: a beautiful article on i-D Nederland about The Visual, with pictures shot by Anna van Rij’s sister Sarah Elize Van Rij. We’ve been working with these lovely people for a while now and we are all very excited for the upcoming release of their debut EP on Mink Records, celebrated with a release show this Friday at Melkweg Amsterdam. Come and check them out! You won’t regret it.
The Mighty Breaks just came back from their tour in Italy! You can read all about their adventures on their tour blog, published by the Daily Indie.