American Minor
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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

The Buffalo Creek EP

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

American Minor is a five-piece guitar-driven rock and roll band that hails from the Kanawha River valley of southern West Virginia-not exactly known for being a hotbed of musical activity or a hotbed of anything else really. For the past year, when their van hasn't been breaking down on the highway, they've been practicing at blistering volumes in a run-down century old farmhouse in Champaign, Illinois.

Four out of the five members have spent time living in a trailer, three have done construction work, none of them come from musical families, and while all five will agree that Deep Purple is a pretty bitchin' rock group, all five will say the same thing about Fugazi. Even though the band members range in age from 21 to 25, they admit to
having a wide array of classic influences that include The Faces, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Lynard Skynard, Mountain, John Lennon, Black Sabbath, The Ramones, the replacements as well as contemporary faves, such as Modest Mouse and The Black Keys.

These West Virginians pride themselves on writing songs with no pomp, no circumstance, about the things they experience in everyday life—the mentally ill struggling in the streets of their dilapidated hometown; the police interrogating a suicidal neighbor late at night in their apartment building; the verbal masturbations that spew forth from loose woman on tour; and the deranged people they wished they never had the opportunity to meet. When asked about their "mission" as a band, lead vocalist Robert McCutcheon very matter-of-factly points out the absurdity of that question, "Last time I checked, rock bands don't go on missions, the only thing I can really think to say in response to that question is that we're an American band. And in accordance to the well-established and long-standing tradition of the American Band, “we're coming to your town and we come to party down."