28.12.05

Psicodiscographic Questionnaire - The Refreshmints Band

(I bloody hate bloody blogger today!!!) (This post has been re-edited ad nauseum because... well, I dont have a "because", blogger has been failing me a lot and I already posted this but somehow spam got into the post, I just hope everything's fine with the layout the time I'm away...*sigh, here we go again...)

The Refreshmints Band are a mexican band from Coapa city which create some sort of electronical infused psychedelic indie rock... and to be honest I'm still having a hard time trying to describe their sound. You'll see it's really unique and it's easy to recognize you're hearing a song from them (which is really good and odd these days) but still there's so much genres involved that you just can't categorize them. "Hytomi" for example starts hinting the mexican rock legends "la barranca" but immediatly electronics start to take over and even further they even throws some spanish guitar solo. "Out of control" on the other hand starts as a piano driven brit-pop ballad but then turns into an indie rock stomper (that reminds me of placebo at some points) before the track gets eaten by the afformentioned electronic-psychedelic sound. Good thing is although they sing in english they portrait perfectly the everyday sounds of living in the beautiful mess that Mexico city is.
They were originally named "the refreshments" but got contacted by the lawyers of the same-name band (which apparently they didn't knew existed) and they had to change their name to "the refreshmints band", after you download the two songs below you will notice the artist name is still "the refreshments" just rename it and move on.
Huge Thanks to Koala and Panda for answering my questions below (I'll write the original Spanish interview first and then a translation):

(Spanish)
Cual es el primer disco que recuerdan haber escuchado?
Koala: hijole, mi papa ponia un monton a "Chicago, Yes y Queen", creo que fueron esos artistas los primeros que escuche de chico.
Panda: El padre de panda es Beatlemaniaco y ponia mucho el disco de "Help" cuando era cachorrito.
Algun disco que recomienden para lidiar con la depresion?
Koala & Panda: Sin lugar a dudas el "Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band"
Alguno que les averguenze haber comprado?
Koala: Panda se abstiene, pero la neta me da pena aceptar que en mi adolescencia llegue a comprar "Follow The Leader-Korn" (k chafa...)
Y el ultimo que compraron?
Panda: Clor - clor
Koala: Easy Star All Stars-Dub Side Of The Moon
La ultima, cuales son 5 discos sin los que no podrian vivir?
Koala & Panda:
1. Revolver- The Beatles
2. Druks- Aphex Twin
3. Ta Det Lugnt- Dungen
4. Ether Song- Turin Brakes
5. En el quinto no nos ponemos de acuerdo, pero esta entre: "La Mia Vita Violenta- Bolnde Readhead", "Minerva-Sakoto Fujii" y "Appetite For Disctruction- Funkstorung".

(Translated to english)
What's the first record you remember hearing?
Koala: Well my father played Chicago, Yes and Queen a lot. I'm not sure of the first record but those are the first artists I remember hearing.
Panda: My father was a beatlemaniac and he played "help!" when I was a cub.
Any record you'd recommend to struggle with depression?
Koala & Panda: The best one for this means has to be "Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band"
Any record you feel ashamed of buying?
Koala: Panda would rather keep this to himself, but I'm truly ashamed of confessing that I bought "Follow the leader" by Korn in my teens.
What's the last record you bought?
Panda: Clor - clor
Koala: Easy Star All Stars-Dub Side Of The Moon
Last one, five records you can't live without?
Koala & Panda:
1. Revolver- The Beatles
2. Druks- Aphex Twin
3. Ta Det Lugnt- Dungen
4. Ether Song- Turin Brakes
5. We can't decide for a fifth but consider it a tie between: "La Mia Vita Violenta- Bolnde Readhead", "Minerva-Sakoto Fujii" y "Appetite For Disctruction- Funkstorung".

The Refreshmints Band - hytomi
The Refreshmints Band - out of control

6 Comments:

  • At 3:21 PM, January 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Donde puedo conseguir mas musica de esta banda y fotos de los integrantes, Gracias.

    Valeria

     
  • At 3:42 PM, January 02, 2006, Anonymous Moka said…

    Hola Valeria, a los refreshmints los puedes contactar en su space:
    http://www.myspace.com/refreshmintsband
    Ahi mismo ofrecen otras dos rolas para bajar y algunas fots.

     
  • At 11:46 AM, January 03, 2006, Anonymous Juan Carlos said…

    No saben si estos karnales pertenecen a un sello Mexicano llamado burbuja?

     
  • At 3:15 PM, January 03, 2006, Anonymous Friend of clash said…

    Que hay de "Los Nuevos Ricos" y del "Instituto Mexicano del Sonido"?

    Se habla de interes de varia gente acerca de su musica...
    Cuando tocan, tocaran en Monterrey proximamente?

     
  • At 4:37 PM, January 03, 2006, Anonymous Moka said…

    Juan Carlos: si ellos pertenecen al sello burbuja, algunos artistas muy recomendables por ahi.
    Friend of clash: Ya habia escrito sobre los nuevos ricos hace unos meses, al instituto mexicano del sonido he buscado hacerle una entrevista pero hasta la fecha no me ha contactado, voy a seguir intentando. La verdad no me han dicho fechas, te recomiendo meterte al site de los nuevos ricos o al myspace del IMS.
    Gracias por los comments

     
  • At 5:53 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Donde puedo comprar el disco??

    PINK*RESPONSE

     

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