The Minx are a punk five-piece from Manchester. With their keyboard-infused punk tunes they could take over world, irresistibly catchy and thought provoking matter, what more could you ask for? 2013 has been a very busy year for The Minx, already having toured with fellow Manchunians Inspiral Carpets at the top of the year, headlining many of their own gigs and currently spending some time in the studio working on new material.
With the release of their newest EP, Hey! Mr Warden , imminent. It’s looking like a very busy time for The Minx and who can argue with that, they are a credit to Manchester’s music scene and I for one, can’t get enough of them. I caught up with frontman, Chris Haddon and Andy Evans, the drummer in the band, to talk about everything from what we can expect from their upcoming EP to their favourite moments of their career so far.
Hi Guys. Firstly, I’d like to say thanks for this interview. Can you all introduce yourselves and what roles you play in the band?
The Minx are:
Chris Haddon (Vocals/Guitar), Paul Robinson (Guitar), Kieran McIntyre (Keys), Steven Stuttard (Bass) and Andy Evans (Drums).
How did the band come to fruition? How did you all meet?
Chris – We were all members of the same swimming class, we just became good friends and it all started from there.
How long did it take you to settle on your band name, The Minx?
Chris – We’d been mucking about in the rehearsal room for a bit and were looking to book our first gig but had no band name.. The Minx came from an episode of “Monkey” an old 70’s Japanese TV programme, one of the episodes was called “The Minx & The Slug”. We took the name from there and just went with it.
You just recently released your newest single, Forest Bank. How has the response been to that?
Chris – We’re really pleased with it! Forest Bank has been the set ender in the live shows for a while now so we couldn’t wait to get it recorded and out there. We’re starting to get some great radio play and feedback from Steve Lamaqc (BBC6) and Michelle Hussey on BBC Radio Manchester, with plenty more to come.
Speaking of your music. You are just about to release your second EP, Hey! Mr Warden, out on 22nd July. What can we expect to hear from that?
Chris – “Hey! Mr Warden” just sums up perfectly where we’re at as a band at the moment. It’s 3 tracks, sharp, punchy and energetic. Forest Bank is the lead track, followed by Walking On My Grave and Out The Other Ear. We recorded it at Blueprint Studios in Salford, there’s been some great records made there over the years and it was great to be in making some noise and being part of the creativity buzzing inside its walls.
Roughly, how long does it take you to write a song and where does the inspiration come from?
Chris – It varies to be honest, if we’ve got a lot of shows on then we don’t get as much time to be together writing new tunes as we’re constantly rehearsing sets for the live shows. We’re always coming up with new song ideas and it just takes one of us to come up with the initial spark then we all jump on it and throw ideas about. We’re influenced by everyday life and what’s going on around us, we like to write about things that matter to us.
It’s been really busy in The Minx camp recently, after coming off tour with Inspiral Carpets, then headlining your own sold out EP launch gig at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen a few months ago and playing in Paris at the opening of the new Dr. Martens shop, just to name a few recent gigs. How has the last few months been for you? Are you starting to see bigger crowds turning up?
Chris – 2013 has just been incredible for us so far, and it’s only going to get better. We had a great start to the year joining the Inspiral Carpets on tour, which no doubt increased our fan base not just in Manchester, but all over the UK. The shows are getting busier and busier, and we’re starting to see a lot of new faces, which is great!
What are each of your personal favourite memories or moments of your career so far?
Chris – The sell out hometown show at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen is up there for me!
Andy – I enjoyed the time we walked on stage, played Forest Bank, then walked off.
What are your favourite songs to play live?
Chris – Forest Bank!
Andy – I like Forest Bank, it has the unique ability to make our equipment explode.
Any bands that you’re dying to tour with?
Chris – I’d have really liked for us to have joined Mick Jones on the Justice Tonight tour they did last year.
Andy – It would be cool to tour Jamaica with The Wailers.
Growing up in Manchester, must have had a great influence on you yourselves as people and especially, musically. As Manchester was and still continues to be a melting pot for music. How has growing up in Manchester affected you and did it influence you to want to pursue a career in music or was music just something you always knew you wanted to do?
Chris – There’s always stuff going on in Manchester which is great, and with such a big musical heritage it’s hard not to be influenced by it. Culture plays a big part in The Minx’s sound, with so many different cultures living in and around Manchester, it’s a big influence on the music that we make.
Any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?
Chris – I really like Guy Connor’s new stuff, he was the cowriter/guitarist in The Paris Riots. His new stuff’s sounding great.
Andy – There is a band called CuT from London, their new single (Let’s Go) is super exciting.
A special thanks to The Minx for this interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.