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May
22
Minmae @ The Casbah

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego, California, USA

May
17
Minmae @ The Cavern

Dallas, Texas, USA

Dallas, Texas, USA

May
12
Minmae @ Lisa's Oak Street

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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I could use this space to talk up Minmae, a band so awesome that I could justify filling up the entire page with a love letter to their chameleon-like noisiness. But you either (a) already love them, or (b) are a tasteless, tone-deaf dope who wouldn't know a great band if it scalded you while serving your Stumptown latte. SCOTT MOORE - Portland Mercury


I'd Be Scared is the elegant summation of Sean Brooks' many years in the trenches. It's the glam Minmae, the noise Minmae, and the pop Minmae all balanced and realized and folded together, perfect as a paper crane. It's high-grade post-Shins pop, confident, crisply recorded, strong, and agile. On track four, Sean sings "there's nothing holding us back" and rightly so. After this record rules Portland's indie scene--and it will--Minmae should be able to take their career to the next level, whatever they want it to be. Because, if anything, this bears the mark of a band in control of its own destiny, the pilot of its ship, no matter how stormy the seas. ADAM GNADE - Portland Mercury


Most impressive was Sean Brooks and his band Minmae, indie-rock journeymen who've been honing their brand of Lou Reed-affected guitar pop in local bars and basements for years. JOE DIXON - Willamette Week


On I’d Be Scared, Were You Still Burning, the group pushes the melodies way out front but colors and layers each song with plenty of noise and headphones-only sound, crafting an especially unique blend of sonic palettes. - Oregon Music Guide


It's hard to get a read on Minmae . Give I'd Be Scared, Were You Still Burning a couple of spins, and you may hear yet another band picking Pavement's corpse; but give it a few more, and you'll notice that ideas and hooks keep spilling out of the lo-fi production. The Portland trio's eight-year back catalog is a mishmash of ideas -- a little post-punk here, a droney CD-R there, and some four-track noise-pop to keep it catchy -- picked up or discarded by frontman Sean Brooks, who sings with the posture of a Lou Reed and who knows when a few seconds of guitar squall can say more than words. The worthy group headlines this Friday, Jan. 6, at Thee Parkside. CHRIS DAHLEN - SF Weekly


Appearing that night in the typical power trio stance, it was hard to imagine Minmae filling the room as their many-manned and louder-gunned contemporaries did, but sincerity stole the show. A singular voice delivering something profound proved once again to be more powerful than all the Marshall stacks this side of St. Louis.

Sean Brooks is the singer, songwriter and artistic director of Minmae, which calls Portland, Ore. home. Over the last eight years he has generated a wide and varied output of recordings. Brooks’ vocal delivery carries a depth and tone reminiscent of Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash mashed together. When he sings you get the sense that it’s about something damn important. - Spondic


With I'd Be Scared, Were You Still Burning the band returns to form with another excellent collection of tunes. These days Sean Brooks' vocals are sounding more and more like a very young Lou Reed. One thing that has always been true about Minmae is that you never know what to expect. This album is full of surprises, many too subtle to notice on the first spin. While these recordings sport a big, polished sound...the songs themselves are rather obtuse and unpredictable. So...what does Minmae sound like this time around...? This is hard to explain. While the band definitely incorporates ideas from many other artists, picking out exact comparisons and influences is difficult. The song titles are heady and obtuse..."German Girl, She Was American"..."Smiling With Teeth"..."My Parts Will Not Rust"..."Dimorphic Hips Have Chances Still"...?!? The lyrics are exceptional and the melodies sound better and better with every spin. Destined to be one of the best releases of the year, I'd Be Scared is a fine example of what makes Minmae such an engaging and inviting act. (Rating: 5+++) - Baby Sue


Their latest full length album, "I’d Be Scared, Were You Still Burning", released in June by Greyday Productions is punctuated with pop sensibilities, ambient overtones, 80’s electronica, and the nostalgia and melancholy of Nick Drake or Leonard Cohen blended with the literary, intellectual flavor of bands like The Magnetic Fields or The Decemberists. Any other band may attribute their music as being influenced or inspired by certain artists, however, any resemblance to other musicians, and to musical movements for Minmae are merely vestiges of their origins to unlock what the very fabric of music is. "I’d Be Scared, Were You Still Burning" is a welcomed aural journey into the history of our CD and Vinyl collections, though its place in this collection may be precarious if you’re one to stop at mere listening - Modzine (San Francisco)


Minmae has evolved from one man's dream into a fully-fledged band, with the continued participation of Brooks, bassist Josh Kempa and drummer Chris Calvert. With I'd Be Scared, Were You Still Burning, their sound is more cohesive than ever, nailing fragments of thought and melody into well-structured songs. The fragile "My Parts Will Not Rust" embeds subtleties like country pedal steel and dreamy harmonies in its lovely core. "To Be With You" is more restrained, just gently picked guitar and Brooks' voice, echoed and layered over itself. "Let Him Out", evoking the slacker ghost of Stephen Malkmus, has a rock density, an offhand interplay between drums, guitar and bass, that takes the song outside of itself. There's a strident energy to "Occasionally Stereo"'s opening line, "You storm in like John Wayne," that's echoed in the music, a dense web of rock sounds. And "Eccentric Bourgeoise Tendency", with its net of pop culture references, crosses home-recording looseness with a tight new wave beat. It's a bedroom tape you can dance to... almost.

On Ya Te Vas?, Minmae seemed to have veered away from its oddity toward more conventional, less interesting paths. With I'd Be Scared, the accessible songs have arrived -- but surprisingly, they're as weird and interesting as the experiments they replaced. JENNIFER KELLY - Splendid


The move a few years back from San Diego to Portland, Oregon, was a good one for Minmae frontman Sean Brooks, whose dense, old-school style of indie rock is often offset by moody pacings, atmospherics and lyrical themes (imagine Smog writing less ironic songs for Pavement). Brooks has a monotone baritone from which he breaks free for tracks like "Smiling With Teeth," to drive home emotional points. When vocals won't do,the guitars send bloody valentines offeedback to the listener's ears. - CMJ


Discography

Abbreviated:
Le Grand Essor de la Maison du Monstre (to be released May 2006, Greyday)
I'd Be Scared We're You Still Burning CD (2005, Greyday)
Soul/Drone CD (2005, Transient Frequency)
Ya Te Vas? CD (2004, Devil in the Woods)
Microcassette Quatrains CD (2004, Bluesanct)
True Love CD (2003, Devil in the Woods)
My Quiet Life CD (2002, Black Bean and Placenta)
Lucy in the Sky With DNA Double Helixes EP/CD (Dogprint)
Vonsachiang or How I Learned to Stop Hating Pretty Girls and Being a Dolt CD (Airborne Virus)

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Bio

Minmae got it's start when Sean Brooks, then in a band called Thee Psychic Hearts, found himself with some studio time that the band couldn't use. Thus began a prolific musical project spanning more than 8 years, surviving multiple line-up changes and releasing more albums, singles and EPs than you can shake a stick at.
While some early Minmae releases included noise experiments, sonic collages and the occasional mountain of four-track fuzz, more recent albums like last years "I'd be Scared Were You Still Burning" have taken a more cohesive approach showcasing a dreamy, drone-y style which has led to comparisons to the likes of Smog and Guided By Voices.

Minmae have played with: Magnolia Electric Co., Headphones (ex-Pedro the Lion), Damien Jurado, Alisdair Roberts, Nedelle, Court & Spark, Love As Laughter, Thanksgiving and The Gunshy