Mines’ First Impressions

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This is what some writ­ers think of our music,  feel free to weigh in with a com­ment of your own.

“Mines packs a shock­ing amount of vis­ceral emo­tion; the entire record plays out like a depressed close friend spilling his fail­ures and inse­cu­ri­ties to you. It’s touch­ing and chill­ing all at once — the emo­tional cli­max comes with “Bote,” a eddy of dis­torted gui­tars, gut­tural vocals, and stormy nau­ti­cal imagery. Har­ris sings, “I thought I was tough/ I thought I was strong/ Thought I could han­dle any­one who came along,” before the rest of the song proves those lines wrong, com­par­ing him to a sink­ing ship full of holes. The defeat of spirit and brav­ery is a strong theme on Mines, and the irony is that Mines is an incred­i­bly brave record, lay­ing bare an entire cat­a­log of human vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties, weav­ing them through the intri­ca­cies of song, and trans­form­ing them into some­thing pow­er­fully mov­ing.” — Seat­tle Weekly

After a three-year wait, Menom­ena serve up another great set with Mines. This album is bound to be a favorite of crit­ics and fans alike.” — Fil­ter

Given their painstak­ing cut-and-paste method of song assem­bly, Mines feels like a novel penned via exquis­ite corpse, as each mem­ber con­tributes, then van­ishes, only to return later to add more. If musi­cal his­tory has taught us any­thing, it’s that this method should fail in spec­tac­u­lar fashion…Of course Mines is none of these things. Like its pre­de­ces­sor Friend and Foe, the album is lay­ered to the heav­ens yet is still a loose record­ing, one that ben­e­fits from years of minute struc­tural build­ing, demol­ish­ing, and rebuild­ing.” — Port­land Mercury

I used to view Menom­ena as one of the up and com­ing Port­land bands for a while — a band that hasn’t quite found their sig­na­ture album and, thus, foothold in the Rose City’s pan­theon of bands. Mines proves that Menom­ena is a force in today’s indie rock scene — let alone Portland’s.” — Phoenix New Times

“I imag­ine a lot of slammed doors in the process of mak­ing this record. Accurate?”

Funny you should men­tion that,” Seim said. “The last song on this record quite lit­er­ally fea­tures the per­cus­sive sound of a door slam­ming.” The thing is, the end prob­a­bly does jus­tify the means. “Mines” fills the room in com­plex, diverse, won­der­ful ways — The Ore­gon­ian

Mines is an album to get stoned to, to make love to, to doze off to when caught up in its sur­pris­ingly sooth­ing moments. It has a woozy, silky feel that looks all wrong when caught under the noon­time sun. — Bravely Done

Mines does a very admirable job of advanc­ing Menomena’s sound to new ter­ri­to­ries both in terms of mood and tech­ni­cal pro­fi­ciency with­out, for the most part, for­get­ting what made past albums endear­ing to so many. If I Am the Fun Blame Mon­ster and Friend and Foe left room for ques­tions, Mines should alle­vi­ate any doubt; this trio has man­aged to cre­ate and mas­ter a sound that is truly their own, and for that they undoubt­edly deserve a new level of suc­cess. — One Thirty BPM

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