Buddy Guy, Weezer, Vanilla Ice, Rick Springfield; the bands Mint has opened for are all over the musical map.
At each of those shows, the Des Moines band adapted its songs, so if it needed a bluesier sound or something to appeal to fans waiting to hear “Ice Ice Baby,” it could pull it off.
But when it came time to record songs for the band’s debut album, “Chemical,” the group’s members had to figure out what Mint sounded like without the influence of a headlining act.
“We didn’t know what we were,” bassist Brandon Clark said. “We had a lot of pop songs we were trying to morph into things.”
“We found our own sound in the midst of things,” frontman Bradford Johnson said. “Some of it turned into completely different songs. I don’t know if ‘better’ is the right word, but probably.”
Johnson describes Mint’s true sound as “grunge soul pop.” It fuses the members’ love of soul with the heavier guitars of ’90s acts like Nirvana and the pure pop Johnson envisioned when he originally founded Mint as a recording project.