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Andy Matchett & The Minks are from Orlando, Florida... Yeah, let's just get that out of the way right now - ORLANDO - A tourist town built on the fine arts of pop music & cartoons. How can meaningful rock music come out of that much sunshine and suburban happiness? The truth is, the dichotomy & secret suffering of the City Beautiful is as important to Andy Matchett's songwriting as any cold, northern borough could ever be. Just like their hometown, The Minks are known for the good times - a live show that "completely transforms the sphere of interaction" with confetti blasts, leaf blowers & a gigantic parachute that covers the crowd - sure, its a tourist attraction. But, when you really get to know the city - and the band - there's a darker, more cultured undercurrent just beyond the fun that's absolutely begging to be explored. Case in point, The Minks' debut album "The Apple Tree Circle" has been hailed by both local fans & critics alike as "near perfect", "truly exceptional" & "a universal pleasure". As much as AM/TM bring the party at shows, the focus in the studio is on seasoned songcraft and lyrical depth. From tongue in cheek "party" tracks like "Too Much Happiness" & "Thoughtsalot" to the emotionally nude ruminations of "Blind Owl" & "(I'll See You On) Monday", this band is as truly interesting & sincere as it gets. As you comb through the crowded landscape of bar bands, mainstream douche rock & hipster fashion trends, Andy Matchett & The Minks stand out as a true original. A band equally at home in the glittery limelight & down in the dumps, existing somewhere between indie & mainstream, party & patience, theme park & Winter Park... all in the image of the wonderfully misunderstood city it came from.