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Mines of Paris / Press

"Mines of Paris is a band that’s really hard to peg a genre to. Their earlier songs fall more in line with classic rock and blues, but the band has since gone on to include elements of progressive rock while taking inspiration from bands like The Black Keys and Interpol. Comprised of four audio engineering students from New England School of Communications, they’re crafting music that is technically advanced but still rock and roll at heart. Look for a review of their album Go Play Outside in this issue."

““Bangor area quartet Mines Of Paris is a young, energetic band that sounds like it has enough inexperience and zeal to try anything regardless of how awesome or terrible it may sound in the end. For the most part, the result is the former and the type of record where even though one of the tracks (“Don’t Lose Your Moon Counting Your Stars”) is basically an indie rock rewrite of a Coldplay song, it still rules. Singer Ron Belanger has a got a great voice and even better delivery, lazy where it should be and balls out if it needs to be, and the band knows how to let loose when required. Influences are certainly being worn upon sleeves, but that’s okay ‘cause they got good taste. ” ”

““From the thump-thump-thump- thump intro to “Castles,” Go Play Outside is bursting with energy. Mines Of Paris blend elements of blues, grunge and garage rock to create a sound that’s incredibly versatile and evolves from track to track. “Castles” is ragged with exploding drums and heavily distorted guitars, while “Don’t Lose Your Moon Counting Your Stars” changes pace with softer tones and less power from singer Ron Belanger, at least until the tension mounts around the halfway point. Some of these songs appeared on the Sea Shell EP but fit in well here alongside all the polish and squeal. What I love most about Go Play Outside is how abrasive it sounds (fun!) while still remaining crisp and clean in its production (listenable!).””

“...Clearly they have attitude, which shines through on their debut album, “Go Play Outside.” Opening track “Castles” sounds like it was penned by Jack White, with crunchy riffs, an erratic chorus and a similar style of guitar solo. “Don’t Lose Your Moon Counting Your Stars” could pass as a Snow Patrol song if Snow Patrol rocked two or three times as hard as they currently do. They close the record, released today, with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” their version being a more aggressive, grittier remake that comes off as a sort of intense cowboy anthem. Mines of Paris never neglects the guitar solo, which is fantastic because that’s where a lot of their energy comes from. Because of their broad palate of influences, this album is capable of pleasing a lot of people. Fans of blues, rock, indie and alternative rock should all flock to this cheap thrill — only $5 for a digital download of the entire album. ”

“...You’d think that a band that started at the New England School of Communications might be a bit on the tech geek side of things, with a massive love for excellent instruments and gear, studio polish and technically superior sound. And you’d be right. But that’s certainly only scratching the surface. The Bangor band Mines of Paris, who did, in fact, start at NESCOM, have all those elements — but first and foremost, they’re four guys who like playing rock ‘n’ roll... ...With its bluesy guitar licks, alternative rock choruses, and high caliber vocals, courtesy of Belanger, Mines of Paris bears the influence of bands ranging from the Black Keys and the White Stripes to more progressive bands such as Muse and Radiohead. Belanger is a uniquely powerful vocalist, bringing to mind the voices of folks like Thom Yorke of Radiohead or Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon. Kimball also has a nice, sustained guitar tone, and the unit as a whole exudes a lot of potential.... ”

"Mines of Paris is so good, they deserve an Oscar... if they gave Oscars to musicians..."

Dalan Reese - NESCom