MNDR is an American electronic music duo formed in New York City in 2009, consisting of Amanda Warner and Peter Wade. According to Warner, MNDR "is my artist name that I have had since 2005. MNDR is a group with Peter Wade in the sense that we make and write all of the music. However, I perform as a solo artist and all that comes with that."
Warner moved from Oakland, California, to New York City in 2008 to work as a songwriter for hire. It was only after meeting Wade that she began to consider fronting a musical act herself. MNDR has opened for bands like Yacht, Massive Attack, Deerhoof, and Shiny Toy Guns and frequently collaborates with visual artist Jamie Carreiro, who provides visual effects for MNDR's live shows. Warner and Wade uploaded four tracks to Myspace in 2009, and those tracks eventually became MNDR's debut EP, E.P.E., released on April 6, 2010 on Wade's WonderSound Records. The band is currently working on their first full-length album. The song "Fade to Black" from E.P.E was re-recorded in the fictional Simlish language for the 2010 computer game The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff. "C.L.U.B" can be heard on the fictional radio station 97.6 K12 FM in the 2011 video game Saints Row: The Third.
Warner is featured on the song "Bang Bang Bang", the first single taken from Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.'s third studio album, Record Collection. The song was co-written by Warner, Wade, Ronson, and Q-Tip. Daniel Kreps from Rolling Stone describes MNDR as providing "the song's indelible French-laden hook" while "a debonair Q-Tip absolutely slays on his verses." Warner subsequently provided vocals for a parody version of the song, called "Dom Dom Dom", written by Chris Moyles and Dave Vitty. She is also featured on Ronson's 2010 tour in support of his album.
On January 17, 2012, MNDR released a single titled "#1 in Heaven" on Ultra Records. Warner told Spin magazine that the lyrics are inspired by kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, commenting, "The lyrics to the chorus are her words [...] After she was arrested for robbing a bank where someone was murdered, her only press statement was, 'Tell them [my brothers and sisters] I am smiling and send my greetings.'" The accompanying music video was directed by SSION lead singer Cody Critcheloe and takes inspiration from "strong iconic" women such as Jane Fonda, Wendy O. Williams, and Valerie Solanas. Follow-up single "Faster Horses" was released on July 17, 2012. In an interview with Coup De Main magazine, Warner revealed that the duo's full-length debut album was titled Feed Me Diamonds, adding that the title track is a homage to Belgrade-born performance artist Marina Abramović. The album was released on August 14, 2012 by Ultra Records, and was streamed in full on the Spin website the previous day.
- Feed Me Diamonds was rated the #8 best pop album of 2012 by Spin magazine. 
Television appearances 
Awards and nominations 
||MTV O Music Awards
||Best Web-Born Artist
||Beyond the DJ: Most Innovative Solo Performer
Studio albums 
- "C.L.U.B." (2009)
- "Caligula" (2010)
- "Cut Me Out" (2011)
- "#1 in Heaven" (2012)
- "Faster Horses" (2012)
- "Feed Me Diamonds" (Dec 2012)
- ^ a b Graves, Shahlin (February 24, 2012). "Interview: 2012 must-know – MNDR". Coup De Main. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- ^ anthonyc (June 23, 2010). "TLC vs. MNDR: A New York City Minute with MNDR". Tastes Like Caramel. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
- ^ "E.P.E. – EP by MNDR". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- ^ Tennessen, Nora (June 25, 2010). "Itinerary: MNDR's Amanda Warner Takes Us to Chelsea". BlackBook. BlackBook Media Corporation. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
- ^ The Sims Studio. The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff. (Electronic Arts). (2010-02-02)
- ^ Volition, Inc. Saints Row: The Third. (THQ). (2011-11-15)
- ^ Kreps, Daniel (June 22, 2010). "Mark Ronson Unleashes the Summer's Hottest Video". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- ^ "#1 In Heaven – Single". Ultra Records. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- ^ a b "Video Premiere: MNDR Talks '#1 in Heaven'". Spin. January 17, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- ^ "Faster Horses – Single". Ultra Records. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- ^ Kitching, Bryant (May 14, 2012). "MNDR announces debut album: Feed Me Diamonds". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
- ^ Bevan, David (August 13, 2012). "MNDR Breaks Down 'Feed Me Diamonds': Full Album Stream". Spin. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- ^ "Best Pop Albums of 2012". Spin Magazine. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- ^ "Best Web-Born Artist". MTV O Music Awards. MTV Networks. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- ^ "Beyond The DJ: Most Innovative Solo Performer". MTV O Music Awards. MTV Networks. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
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