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MINT / Press

“...“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. “Chemical” features guest vocals by Dana Halferty of Parlours as well as “American Idol” contestant and Des Moines native Katelyn Epperly. It was produced by the members of Mint and mastered by Mark Santangelo, who has worked with Jack White, Kanye West, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others.”

“MINT has a well-developed, mature sound. And for a first release, “Chemical” is a safe bet for the band to hang its hat on. From the opening song, “Confusion,” the band puts its cards on the table and shows a sound that’s soulful yet unashamed of its pop underpinnings. Front-man Bradford Johnson’s work on “Confusion” and “Outer Space” help to make each song the most listenable tracks on the album, but there’s something to like on almost every track. The only one that falls short is “Le So Fa Mi,” a tongue-in-cheek pop ditty with vocals admirably performed by drummer Christian Peters. The song feels like an outlier on an otherwise sincere album. The album quickly reverts back to form, however, and finishes up with the heart-wrenchingly poignant “Bones.””