Mina Loy

Mina Loy

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We play melodic indie rock with an heavy flavor to it. We try to take advantage of the loud/soft dynamic in songwriting and we try to create an experience with every song.

Biography

It is no secret that people in the music industry are obsessed with labels. Feeling the need to classify everything, they put all of it into little, organized folders somewhere on their musical shelf. Many bands have also fallen into this trap, thus spending more time trying to define their band than they do perfecting their craft. There is one band, however, that hopes to drive all of these label-crazed people up the wall. New York City's Mina Loy see absolutely no need to worry about titles. This four piece indie rock band, named after a turn of the century poet, defies classification. Truth be told, that is exactly how the band wants it.

Comprised of a Native American, an African American, a Japanese drummer, and a female high school English teacher, Mina Loy is anything but a typical rock n' roll band. Led by an intriguing young black singer and guitarist named John Myers, the band's sound is reminiscent of early 1990’s alternative bands such as Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana. It features moody undertones and haunting vocals. Other '90's bands, such as Tool and Smashing Pumpkins, have also left their mark on this group.

The foundation for Mina Loy was built in 2004, when Myers left the West Coast and headed for New York City. When he arrived, he started writing music and searching for potential band members. While taking some classes at Fordham University, Myers met Todd Tilton. At the time, Tilton was in a band called The Four Causes. It was only a matter of time before the two discussed the idea of playing together.

Still, the timing wasn’t quite right. Both Myers and Tilton played guitar, but they still needed a drummer and a bassist. They soon found a drummer and started playing shows. After a few more months and with no bass player in sight, Myers posted an online ad for a female bass player. The diversity of the band was further enhanced by the entrance of Beth Raupers, a high school English teacher with a passion for rock music.

While Raupers, Myers, and Tilton did not fully commit themselves to working together right away, the trio remained in contact. Then, during the summer of 2006, Myers met a jazz drummer from Japan, named Akira Nakamura. Nakamura was already an accomplished drummer, having played throughout Japan and China and around the world with many talented jazz artists. After a few months, Myers convinced Nakamura to join his band. Calls were soon made to Raupers and Tilton - finally, the timing was right. Mina Loy was born.

Almost immediately, they got picked to play an industry showcase and a festival. Mina Loy started playing some of New York's more reputable venues, such as The Knitting Factory, Snitch, CB's Gallery, 169 Bar, The Annex, and Brooklyn Lycuem. They also opened for a major label band, Philpot. Their spirited live show has since turned heads in New York City's competitive music scene.

Mina Loy recently headed into the studio to record their first official EP with Alex Nizich. Fred Kevorkian, who has worked with the Dave Matthews Band, The White Stripes, Ryan Adams, and Willie Nelson, will be mastering Mina Loy's debut. The coming months look to be very busy ones for the band. They are excited about the future, and for good reason. Half the battle for modern rock bands is trying to distinguish themselves from the hundreds of other bands in their genre. With an ethnically diverse lineup, a sound that is both familiar and refreshing, and the guts to prove that classification and labels belong in a library, there is already no doubt that Mina Loy stand out. For more information on Mina Loy, visit www.MinaLoymusic.com.

Lyrics

Drifter

Written By: Mina Loy

Watching a man drift slowly away
His eyes full of fire and full of rage
Agony fills his body
As he falls to his knees

Broken by his own desire
Enslaved by his crimes
Wishing for his life to end
As the gun kisses his temple

Is this a dream or is it real?
Life flashes before his eyes
Horseflies on the window seal
Don’t make the mistake of becoming ill

You’re full of sadness don’t hold back your tears
What’s the solution don’t run from your fears
He’s waiting for you just give in
He’ll take away all of your pain

We live our lives in the footsteps of the dead
Un-aware of things that were said
Floating down the river of sorrow
It’s time for you to go
It’s time for you to go
It’s time for you to go now
It’s time for you to go now
It’s time for you to go

Suffer

Written By: Mina Loy

Hate, is that your secret
Or is it pain?
Or is it gain?
To watch the world suffer
Suffer
Suffer
Suffer
Suffer
Pray if you can’t believe it
Destruction’s the deceiver
Is this your day
To watch the world suffer
Suffer
Suffer
Suffer
Suffer
All in all
It’s all the same
Do you care?
It’s all the same
All in all
It’s all the same

Free Me

Written By: Mina Loy

I'm stuck inside this maze
I think I'm going crazy
Double-sided mirrors everywhere
O lord somebody please save me

I'm sorry for all the things I said
Even the thing about your dead
You can't blame me for being skeptical
I only trust myself and no one else
Free me
x4
Okay do you want the truth
I tired of the pretty noose
That you put around my neck
Go on just make it loose

Candy canes and lollipops
Is all I ever think about
I hope I'll get some one day
Only if I change my ways
Free Me
x6

Discography

First Official EP Due March 2007

Set List

Drifter
Free Me
Grace
Love Song for Someone
Remember
Lost Innocence
Suffer
Whats on Your Mind
Heavy Laden
You and I
Our sets are usually 40 to 60 minutes long.