Meet the Mint 400 Records Freshman Class of Fall 2017


Our friend Neil Sabatino of Mint 400 Records has been busy as of late (and honestly well beyond that).  The label has some exciting announcements of recent signings, not only confined to New Jersey, but throughout these United States.  Check out who’s new below and start getting excited for some upcoming releases!

THE FRENCH GOODBYE – Indie Rock – Chicago, Illinois

Recent Happenings:

Tony Mendoza and Thea Lux have been making music for a dozen years. First in the goof pop band Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop – which combined indie rock and bizarre comedy – then in the moodier, less kooky Nurse Novels.

The French Goodbye finds Tony and Thea creating music with a revolving cast of friends and fun. Analog keyboards, fuzzy guitars and co-ed harmonies have remained key components in their sound. With Tony residing in Chicago and Thea in Los Angeles, their forth-coming record 12 Green Potatoes is being made long distance, with guitar solos and vocal sketches delivered like postcards. Expect a mix of candy-coated teen pop, big muff riffs, surf bummers and tex-mex psychedelia. Due for release in the spring of 2018 on Mint 400 Records.

Chicago and Los Angeles

Past bands: Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop, The Nurse Novels. Tony has also been a member of The Bitter Tears, Los Shut Up (Mint 400 Records), Unicycle Loves You and Tijuana Hercules.

Why did you sign with Mint 400 Records?

Neil Sabatino’s philosophy really resonated with me. The label works hard to expose bands to a wider audience, without compromising honesty or integrity.

What are you working on currently and when will it be out?

For the moment, Thea lives in LA while I reside in Chicago. So we’re sending musical postcards to one another, creating an album like pen pals. It’s called 12 Green Potatoes and it will be out spring of 2018.

Influences and/or top 5 records

Recent influences: Deerhoof, Kim Deal, Tame Impala, Jay Reatard, Yo La Tengo, Silver Jews, The Banana Splits.

Top 5 records always changes. These albums get frequent rotations: The Who Sell Out, Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Elvis – That’s The Way It Is, The Strokes – Is This It?, Rodd Keith – I Died Today

TIEGAN – Dark Jazzy Angelic Folk – Apple Valley,California

Recent Happenings:

I’m from Apple Valley, CA. I’ve been lurking the internet for about nine years posting my own music across various platforms for fun. Live, I am a backup singer for a local folk band called The 45s.

Why did you sign with Mint 400 Records?

Mint 400 is everything I was looking for in a record label, and was very hard for me to find. It’s a miracle I found them and that they exist.

What are you working on currently and when will it be out?

I am currently working on converting 20+ poems/writing into songs; I can’t say for certain when it will be out, but hopefully sometime next year. (This November 10th Tiegan “Friendly EP” will be re-released on Mint 400 Records)

Influences and/or top 5 records

1920s-1940s jazz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Beach Boys, Debussy, David Longstreth, Radiohead

TONY SAXON – Rock N Roll – North Jersey

Recent Happenings:

I played bass for The Murder & The Harlot many years ago. I put out two failed Indie records on a shitty hardcore label. Now that I’ve finally created a sound and settled into a style that I truly care for…I’m stoked to be working with Mint 400.

Why did you sign with Mint 400 Records?

Neil is working to help push and enable community bands to get ahead, break out, and has a good aesthetic. He seems to genuinely care about what he’s doing. Any help right now is greatly appreciated.

What are you working on currently and when will it be out?

“Old Souls and Long Term Goals” will be out on Mint 400 Records this January. I’ll have the single “Black Hearted Gypsy Woman” Out Before This Halloween (October 20th).

Influences and/or top 5 records

My style is “garage psych surf blue eyed soul and roll” I draw influence from 40s and 50s pop, 60s garage rock, r&b, and New Orleans soul, 70s rock and roll, power pop, and Proto punk.

I especially like : Link Wray, Johnny Kid & The Pirates, Flamin Groovies, Ramones, Ernie K-Doe

THE COMPONENTS – Rock N Roll, Punk, Indie Rock –  Saddle Brook, NJ / Bronx, NY

Recent Happenings:

We actually play in another band called Asphalt Grey, too! Asphalt Grey is a 4-piece blues rock band that has gotten great recognition in the local New Jersey scene. Our most recent album was reviewed on the Aquarian Weekly! This past September, The Components entered the JC Studios Battle of the Bands and won 1st place out of 10 talented, local NJ bands.

Why did you sign with Mint 400 Records?

Mint 400 Records heard about The Components through veteran New Jersey music critic Jim Testa (who served as one of the judges at the JC Studios Battle of the Bands). After multiple meetings with the label’s CEO and Founder Neil Sabatino, we really dug his vision and decided signing with Mint 400 would expose us to opportunities that would benefit the band.

What are you working on currently and when will it be out?

We are currently getting ready to record our upcoming full length album with producer/engineer Jonathon Maisto of Backroom Studios (www.backroom.studio). The expected release is early 2018.

Influences and/or top 5 records

Frank Iero and the Patience – Parachutes , The Dead Boys – Young, Loud, and Snotty, Senses Fail – Renacer, Nirvana – Bleach, Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures

YAWN MOWER – Garage /Indie Rock – Asbury Park, NJ

Recent Happenings:

We’ve played Convention Hall on Halloween and Stone Pony on New Years Eve, and got to do a weekender with our buds in Dentist.

Why did you sign with Mint 400 Records?

Mint 400 was super kind and willing to help us out in the ways we couldn’t help ourselves. Mentally & musically.

What are you working on currently and when will it be out?

Re-releasing our Christmas EP with some bonus content on Dec. 1st, then we will have a new original EP out early in the new year.

Influences and/or top 5 records

Ty Segall, Nirvana, Cake, Death From Above 1979, & The Beach Boys

THE LAMPSHADES – Indie Rock – Pittsburgh, PA

Recent Happenings:

The Lampshades have been consistently releasing music since forming as teenagers in rural central Pennsylvania in 2003 with a prolific back catalog.

Why did you sign with Mint 400 Records?

“I think we share a belief in self-sufficiency and a certain kind of DIY attitude. We feel that we fit in with other groups that we know who are on the roster. Additionally, Neil is very open about the goals of the label and the opportunities that are offered – There is a lot of freedom and flexibility for a band that signs to the label, but Neil offers options that we wouldn’t have the resources for.” – Dane Adelman, drummer

What are you working on currently and when will it be out?

We’ve finished our album, Astrology, which is our 5th full length and anticipate a March release date. We are, as always, writing and working on the next album as we await the currently release.

Influences and/or top 5 records

Big Star, Beach Boys, Beatles, Elliott Smith, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, Dinosaur Jr., The Replacements, etc.

PAUL BARILE – Author, “Chasing Happy” – Chicago, Illinois

Recent Happenings:

I’m a Chicago guy. Cut me and I bleed Lake Michigan. I have had dozens of plays produced and a handful published, but my greatest accomplishment to date is my debut novel is “My Brother’s Hands” (2015 Lexographic Press. Chicago)

Why did you sign with Mint 400 Records?

I have worked most of my life to get a record deal. I have been a writer even longer.

Mint 400 represents a chance to bring the two components together with a label that understand the aesthetic of a Chicago writer.

What are you working on currently and when will it be out?

I am working on a comic book “The Summit of Justice” which will be out January 2018.

I am working on a lucha-themed Y.A. book. The working title is “The Blue Eagle.” (With Mint 400 Records Paul will be releasing “Chasing Happy” on October 27th as read by James Sparling with music by Mint 400 Records artist Defend The Rhino)

Influences and/or top 5 novels

My greatest writing influences are Nelson Algren and Sandra Cisneros (with a dash of Neil Gaiman).

Top Five Novels: Never Come Morning by Nelson Algren, The Snapper by Roddy Doyle, Women by Charles Bukowski, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, American Gods by Neil Gaiman