The Stolen Minks
|The Stolen Minks|
The Stolen Minks in 2006
|Origin||Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Genres||Garage rock, indie rock|
|Labels||Independent, New Romance for Kids|
|Past members||Rachelle Goguen|
They have shared stages with prominent bands of their genre, including the Black Lips, Wanda Jackson, King Khan & BBQ, Brutal Knights, The Death Set, Statues and An Albatross. The Stolen Minks have been showcased at a range of festivals including Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal, Sappyfest and Ladyfest Ottawa.
The band has toured Canada extensively and in recent years covered large portions of the United States.
Formation and EP (2003–2005)
The Stolen Minks were formed as a four-member all-girl band in the fall of 2003 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The name of the band is a play on the words "minks stole". Drawing influence from artists of the likes of Link Wray and Wanda Jackson, the band was initially recognizable for an energetic rockabilly or rock and roll style, but have evolved since into the garage rock and indie rock scenes. In early years, the band gained popularity playing shows locally in Halifax, and in April 2005 was voted the best new local artist by "The Coast's Best of Music" reader's poll.
The Stolen Minks released their debut, self-titled EP in August 2005. The album sold all the original copies produced in a few months.
Label signing and Family Boycott (2006–2007)
The Stolen Minks were picked up by the Montreal independent label New Romance for Kids before the release of their second recording, "Family Boycott". The album first sold on the band's August 2006 tour before being released officially in Halifax in September and nationally in October. "Family Boycott" was praised as "eight songs of dance floor coups and back alley bruising" (Skyscraper). The album hit number one twice on Earshot in the thirteen weeks in charted.
Halifax animator Ben Jeddrie produced two videos for the band, "Boys on the Floor" in 2006 (from the previous "Stolen Minks EP" release), and "Stop Talking" in 2007 (from Family Boycott). "Stop Talking" was screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, and both videos received airplay on MuchMusic and MuchLoud.
In 2007, New Romance for Kids re-released the Stolen Minks' sold-out 2005 self-titled E.P. on 7-inch vinyl. The album was distributed by New Romance for Kids in Canada and Morphius Records in the United States.
High Kicks and future plans (2008-present)
The Stolen Minks' third release, "High Kicks", was launched out of New Romance For Kids Montreal in September 2008. Lauded as a "drenched-in-fuzz blend of garage rock meets sassy punk" (Exclaim!), High Kicks was well received in Canada. The album charted for thirteen weeks (with six weeks in the top ten) on Canadian campus and community radio and reached number two on Exclaim!'s monthly Earshot! charts.
In the fall of 2008, the band completed their most extensive tour, covering North America in ten weeks and heading as far south as Austin, Texas. The band's most recent tour took place across North America in June 2009.
A video for "Consecutives" (off High Kicks) was recently produced by Halifax visual artist, Paul Hammond of Yo Rodeo.
Four songs have been recorded for a rumored upcoming 7" vinyl release in the new year.
The Stolen Minks EP
Released August 2005
- "Minks Riot" (The Stolen Minks) – 0:49
- "Black Widow" (Link Wray) – 2:36
- "Chug a Lug" (Roger Miller) – 1:15
- "Boys on the Floor" (The Stolen Minks) – 2:10
- "Peppy Twist" (Joey Dee) – 2:32
Released October 14, 2006 All songs were written by The Stolen Minks except as noted.
- "Rip It Up"
- "Stop Talking"
- "Charles Bronson"
- "Batman (You're the Sex)"
- "Role Model"
- "Branded" (Link Wray)
- "Pony (secret track)" (Ginuwine)
The Stolen Minks EP – 7" vinyl re-release
Released September, 2008 All songs written by The Stolen Minks.
- "Bring It"
- "North End Strangler"
- "Drive-in (One)"
- "Get Wet"
- "Your Broken Heart"
- "Drive-in (Two)"
- "I Hate You"
- "Viola Desmond"
- "Strange Adventures Theme Song" (secret track)