Minus Ned
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Minus Ned

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Band Rock Blues




"The Underground - Albums of the Year"

There’s something totally whole and fulfilling about this album. There’s a nostalgic formula buzzing around its tracks – partly due to the open (and wonderful!) use of the word “Daddio” – but mostly it’s down to the sweet harmonies, tight song structure, cooing vocals and compositional authority on the album. The songs on Are We Finally Fitting In? sound cool – they sound very much like the band are playing it loose – which is a testament to the talent of the band members. “Cool” is, as we all know, something that is hard to bottle or stumble upon. Most of the songs I’d call “cool” are one-offs (singles or just random songs) – if you set out to write a “cool” album, you’re almost certainly doomed to fail. But by golly, Minus Ned went and did it. The songs balance well the musical tropes of yesteryear with a smooth, cool atmosphere. The vocals also manage to be a record highlight, ranging from polished crooning to Alison Moorer-esque vocal highlights, and the music never fails to keep up. Minus Ned’s Are We Fitting In? is the album you’ve been searching for all this time to listen to when you look behind you, smile slightly and then walk into the sunset. What, isn’t your life like that? - The Silver Tongue

"Minus Ned stopped by the KXAN news studio to rock it out"

Minus Ned stopped by the KXAN news studio to rock it out - KXAN, Austin, TX's NBC affiliate

""LA's Hottest New Band""

I can't tell you how exciting it is to finally be blogging about Minus Ned, who are in my opinion, one of the most unique up-and-coming bands in LA. They recently released their debut EP The Wayside Bounce, which comes off sounding like the unique lovechild of Ben Folds Five, Rufus Wainwright and 10,000 Maniacs. The Woodbridge, CT-based band craftily builds unique vocal accompaniments on the album, most evident in my favorite track on the EP, "All She Wrote", which could not have happened without the addition of two more vocalists, Warped Tour veteran Marissa Dubois and long-time band collaborator Todd Kramer.

Hailing from the great state of Connecticut, Minus Ned formed in 2002 when drummer/producer Zach Guglin and guitarist Michael Martins linked up with lead guitarist Ned Bridges. When Ned left for college, Mark Pinkert, the band's current lead guitarist, and bassist Trevor Raffauf, came on board, giving the crew a slightly obvious yet logical band name, and thus Minus Ned was born. After graduating from college in 2009, the boys from Woodbridge headed out West in search of fame and fortune, which led them to recruit another long-time friend and fellow Nutmegger Todd Kramer and the multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress Marissa Dubois. If you're out in LA in the coming weeks, make sure to hit up their EP release show this Wednesday (October 13th) @ The Mint, and be sure to check out their official site for more upcoming shows. - Ben Decker (Audionugs, Oct 2010)

"CD Review: Minus Ned — Are We Finally Fitting In?"

Imagine you’re in college, and you just took your, your girlfriend’s, and the stoner down the hall’s CD collections and threw them in a blender. Voila, you have Minus Ned. - Atlanta Music Guide

""[Minus Ned has] soul, zest and a bit of funk!""

"[Minus Ned has] soul, zest and a bit of funk!" - WTNH Channel 8, CT's ABC affiliate

"Interview on LA Talk Radio's "Music Highway" with Sheena Metal (starts at 1:17:00)"

Minus Ned's Interview with Sheena Metal on La Talk Radio - Sheena Metal (Music Highway, Sept 2011)

""Minus Ned covers an impressive amount of sonic terrain.""

"Minus Ned covers an impressive amount of sonic terrain." - Brian LaRue (New Haven Advocate, Nov 2010)


Are We Finally Fitting In? (2011)
III - Single (2011)
The Wayside Bounce (2010)



Minus Ned originated in 2002 in Woodbridge, CT, when the precocious musicians, Mike Martens (guitar, piano) and Zach Guglin (drums), recorded a homemade demo with a guy named Ned. Ned left. Minus Ned.

Shortly after, Mark Pinkert arrived to fill the wailing-epic-guitar-solo void in the Minus Ned sound, followed by Trevor Raffauf, who beefed up the deep-bass-sex-groove that was also missing.

With Mike's, Zach's, Mark's, and Trevor's powers combined, Minus Ned became pretty awesome.

To enhance their awesomeness, perhaps even to Captain Planet status, the quartet added a final piece: Marissa DuBois (vocals). This addition made the band much better looking.

In 2011, Minus Ned embarked on their first nationwide tour to promote their album "Are We Finally Fitting In?" Still no answer there...

Minus Ned's new EP will be released July 2013. Stay tuned.