Australian-American rock band MINK have completed the recording of their self-titled debut CD with producer Sylvia Massy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool). The first single "Talk To Me" is beginning to impact radio now, while the band's debut album will be in stores July 10 (via Spitfire Music/National Recorder/Fontana/Universal).
The group -- NEAL CARLSON (vocals), STELLA MOZGAWA (drums), NICK MAYBURY (lead guitar), DAVID LOWY (rhythm guitar) and GRANT FITZPATRICK (bass) -- recently performed stellar live shows in Los Angeles, at the SXSW festival in Austin and in New York City, including a few Australian Music Collective gigs.
In Los Angeles, Christian Lamb (Madonna, Coldplay) directed the video for MINK's infectious "Talk To Me." Playing off the song's title, the band appear on a bizarre Japanese variety talk show. They're interviewed by the show's wacky host, wind up in a mock cooking segment and then perform live (watch out for the Japanese Elvis impersonator).
The group was formed in New York City after the late-night jam sessions by Carlson and his musician friends morphed into a regular gig. Booking as many shows as they could, MINK established themselves as a live act and toured Australia with groups including Angels & Airwaves and Jimmy Barnes. American audiences were introduced to the group via their track "Pressure Pressure" (produced by two-time Grammy winner Chris Shaw), which was heard on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" throughout the 2006 playoffs and World Series. The group's music, both loose-limbed and tight at the same time, is powered by Neal Carlson's high-energy vocals and 21-year-old Stella Mozgawa's propulsive drumming. "There's a spark when we all get in the same room," says Carlson. "Everyone in this band is so full of life and when we play, that contagious energy just morphs into something else."
Other tracks on the album like "Crazy," "Dematerialize" and "Untouchable" display the group's hard-charging rock ethos. "Imagine what it would sound like if a rock club from New York and one from
Sydney had a baby," says Stella. "That's us." Of their songs, Carlson says, "We try to keep the songs real and simple and as open-ended as possible," but admits that "Talk To Me" is about being a shy and
isolated teenager. "That song's really for all the girls who wouldn't talk to me in high school."