Thanks to the The Minx WithGuitars kicks off a new regular feature, ‘Songs That Helped Shape Us’. No surprise that the five-piece picked some great songs, but first read below what they’re up to.
After BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq gave the lead single, Forest Bank, a spin the other week, The Minx have released their new EP, Hey! Mr Warden, which has garnered a whole bunch of sparkling reviews online and promises to spring them onward and upward.
Full EP Stream:
A new single is being mixed right now, but first: a quick UK tour before returning to play their biggest hometown show yet, at the hugely respected Deaf Institute in Manchester.
Their recent shows all sold out way in advance, making this is another step up for a band that is connecting with an audience who find themselves out of step with the cooler-than-thou kids.
Rebellion Festival, Blackpool – Thursday 8th August
Waves, Cleethorpes – Saturday 10th August
Manchester Sound Control Festival – Sunday 11th August
Sol Fest, Cumbria – Sunday 24th August
Death 2 Disco @ House Of Wolf, Islington, London – Thursday 12th September.
Deaf Institute, Manchester – Saturday 14th September
Enjoy the ‘Hey Mr Warden’ EP above, then from here on WithGuitars leaves it to the band members that make up The Minx, with each suggesting two songs, for the most part. We couldn’t be much happier for our inaugural feature to start with some ace songs and a bang!
Here ya go.. Hope this is ok. We’ve all picked 2 songs each that changed our lives! Gives a good scope into how The Minx’s sound was formed! Quite interesting really!
Jimi Hendrix – Fire
Jimi Hendrix got me into playing guitar from the age of about 11, my step dads a massive fan and that rubbed off on me. I used to grab all of his cd’s and try to play along (which was hard!) There was just something really cool about this music, it was noisy but groovy. After watching the Live at Woodstock footage and how crazy that was, it just made me want to be out there doing it myself! I went out and got my first “proper” guitar, a creamy white Fender Stratocaster.. Just like Jimi!
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
This song started it all for me, changed my life completely. Myself, Kieran and Andy all went to school together and played and jammed in a school band. We did our first “gig” in the school hall as part of a music/arts school showcase one weekday evening when we were about 14. We played a cover of Teenage Kicks. I’d never heard this song before, Kieran suggested we play it and it just blew my mind. It was then I started to explore punk a little further and found bands like The Buzzcocks and The Clash. It’s still exciting now.
Blink 182 – First Date.
At the tender age of 10, this song hit me like a wet fish to the side of my face. As far as I remember, before this I wasn’t into music, I grew up memorising lyrics to my dad’s music (The Jam, Sex Pistols, The Cure) but as far as making my own decisions and discovering my own music this was the song that encouraged me to do so. I wanted to make people aware I was into music, using badges on my uniform and patches on my school bag to display my impeccable taste. My intentions were made clear to a Teacher and class when as children we were being interrogated into answering “What do you want to be when your older?”, we went round the class and Kyle next to me answered somewhat expectantly with “Fireman”, When the teacher looked at me I simply informed her, “I want to be Travis Barker from Blink 182”.
Prince Buster – Al Capone
I went to see Bad Manners with my Dad, the DJ for the evening was playing original Rocksteady and Ska on vinyl. The sight of all these lads Moonstomping in boots and braces really hit me in the balls, I needed to be part of that so needless to say I went and bought a pair of red Dr. Martens and completed the outfit with a Fred Perry shirt. It was at this point I started going out dancing to original Ska & Rocksteady, I started collecting vinyl and one of the first records I bought was Al Capone by Prince Buster. Through this record I went on to explore countless genre’s of music including Northern Soul, 80’s Dancehall, and Motown. It was important to share this music and culture with my closest friends so if The Minx rehearsal room is the cauldron, we all constantly share new musical discoveries and the music we make is the resulting potion so to speak, Get guzzling.
Blur – Beetlebum
Without wanting to sound cliché, Blur were one of the bands that made me want to pick up a guitar. Graham Coxon is one of my favourite guitarist. I first started listening to Blur in school. A lot of my mates didn’t like them because of the rivalry between them and Oasis but I wasn’t really too interested in that. Anyway, name me an Oasis song you can truthfully say is better than Beetlebum?
The Clash – Career Opportunities
The Clash are The Clash. The only band that mattered. As well as loving what they created musically I also share the same political stand points as they had back then. I think the lyrics to this song still resonate today with some similarities between 1977-now and how the country is being run. Don’t forget to be afraid.
The Strokes – Reptilia
For a long time I was pretty oblivious to music as a whole, only really hearing what was constantly repeated on the radio and TV. But when I started discovering music for myself, this was one of the song that – till this day – has always stuck in my head as a real turning point in the development of my musical tastes.
I’m not even going to try and pinpoint a single Specials track, I’d be here all day deciding. A few years back, just as I was meeting new people with new tastes that were pretty alien to me at the time, I got offered a ticket to go see The Specials from the Minx’s own Andy Evans on the day of the gig. I didn’t have any Dr Martens, I didn’t have a Fred Perry, but I took myself along, not really aware of the band, and it just took me in. Not just the band, but the fans, the atmosphere, the culture, it really made me want to get involved and really be part of something, and I’ve never looked back since.
Iggy & The Stooges – Search And Destroy
It was released way before I was born but I heard “Gimme Danger” on the game “Driver 3” and bought the album Raw Power. It was the first time, on cd, that I heard a bunch of lads playing their hearts out in such a raw way. It’s nothing like we hear today.
Santana – Persuasions
I’m not the biggest Santana fan but this song introduced me to the sound of the organ. From this, I started listening to The Stranglers, James Taylor Quartet, Inspiral Carpets and other organ fuelled bands. If it wasn’t for this song, I would never have quit guitar and started playing keyboard for The Minx.
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