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Absent Minds working on new EP

According to a recent post on Facebook it looks like Portland punk act Absent Minds are currently working on a new EP “to hold everyone over while we’re on hiatus”.  No more details but we’ll keep you posted as things progress.

The band released “The Misery Of Correcting Past Mistakes” in August of 2013.  Stream and download the album for free here.



Absent Minds (cello punk) announce west coast tour dates

Portland cello punks Absent Minds are heading out on the road to support their most recent album “The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes.”  Check out the dates and locations below.

“The Misery Of Correcting Past Mistakes” was released last August.  Stream and download the album for free here.



Interview: Joel Hixon (Absent Minds) talks cello-punk, the Northwest scene, and song meanings

Absent MindsThe Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes is one of the best punk albums of the year. A bold statement? Sure. But, it’s one I can stand by without hesitation. There’s something so inherently appealing about Absent Minds’ fast-paced melodic punk with cello that it’s hard not to dish out praise by the truck load. I was recently lucky enough to trade e-mails with Absent Minds’ vocalist/guitarist Joel Hixon to chat about the new record, the band’s sound, and DIY punk in the 21st century.

Click here for the full interview!



Album Review: Absent Minds – “The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes”

The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes is an album that revitalizes. It answers questions and soothes my malcontent. Inevitably, I will always reach a point where I wonder if I’ve found and heard all that punk has to offer. It’s a point in time where I think that all the great songs have been written, all the best bands are broken up, and that a period of stagnation has settled down and halted progress indefinitely. These are not fun times. Punk rock’s promise is that somewhere, there will always be someone starting a band, writing great songs, and pushing the genre forward with their own unique interpretation of the its sounds and ideas, and I’m happy to say that after a personal lull, Absent Minds fulfill this promise.

Rooted in the more melodic stylings of late 80s and 90s punk rock, Absent Minds distinguish themselves by incorporating a cellist seamlessly in their lineup. I couldn’t blame anyone for yelling “gimmick!” and moving on, but it never feels like a stunt and manages to be quite cohesive throughout. The cello brings out a lot of melody and gives the music an undercurrent of beauty throughout, but it’s best moments are when the intensity ratchets up and the pretense of classical beauty is crushed for a cathartic sense of aggression. There’s something especially pleasing and somewhat subversive surrounding the idea of hearing someone rock out on a cello, but holy shit, is it thrilling.

“Autotune This!” opens The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes with a sense of speed and melody. It’s a song that challenges the notion of plastic wrapping music into a perfect package, in direct defiance to the messy and imperfect experiences that motivate us to make it. “Autotune This!” is ultimately a positive song with a message of continuance in the face of adversity, as a particularly resonating line states near the end of the song, “What do you sing when every melodies been sung before? And waking up each day feels just like a fucking chore. It feels so awful, just remain hopeful. Pick yourself up off of the floor.”

While the cello will obviously take the spotlight on a number of songs because of its novelty, it stands to mention that throughout the album the guitar playing is amazing and captures the essence of 90s punk perfectly. The solo on “No Generation” is particularly effective, sounding like something Brian Baker could’ve played in Bad Religion, and although it’s short, it’s one of many instantly memorable and impressive solos. “Krusty Kids” might be my favorite song on The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes, due in no small part to its huge hooks and instrumental teamwork. There’s a sense of musical clockwork present on this track that makes it feel fully conceived from top to bottom. The cello plays off the other sounds phenomenally, and surprisingly grounds the music with its simple melodies.

My favorite bands don’t take themselves too seriously. They can have gravitas, they can talk about serious issues, but there’s never a worry of them succumbing to their own self-righteousness. In a way, “Skinny Jeans” works on multiple levels, but will mostly be recognized as a funny song. It’s a playful track about the narrator not being able to get a date because of his sad lack of skinny jeans. It skewers modern punk’s fashion-centric attitude, but also sarcastically comments on male sexual entitlement (“Next thing I know, she’s blowing some dude playing cello! That’s not fair because it’s not me!”). It’s one of my favorite songs on The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes and hearkens positively back to NOFX’s sarcastic songcraft.

I like finding music that inspires me. As punk proverb says, “go out and start a band.” That’s fine advice, and I’m glad Absent Minds took it. But for me, after a dull dry-spell devoid of quality or catharsis, The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes was a glass of refreshing ice water in the desert. Accordingly, it inspired me differently– it inspired me to keep listening. Absent Minds reminded me that punk’s greatest records haven’t already been written, and the door hasn’t been closed to canonizing new classics. The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes proves we’re not devotees to a dead history– indeed, punk rock is still very much alive.

5/5



Full Album Stream: Absent Minds- “The Misery Of Correcting Past Mistakes”

Portland’s “Cello Punks” Absent Minds are streaming their upcoming album “The Misery Of Correcting Past Mistakes” in its entirety.

You can give it a listen over here.

“The Misery Of Correcting Past Mistakes” is set for an August 15th release.



Absent Minds stream two new songs from upcoming album “The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes”

Portland “cello punk” act Absent Minds, yes I just said cello punk, are streaming two new songs from their upcoming album “The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes.”

You can check out “We All Die,” “Smokestacks,” and a previously released track entitled “Autotune This!” right here.

“The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes” is set to be self-released by the band on August 15th.



New Music: Absent Minds (Portland cello punk) – “Autotune This!”

Lest you forgot, Absent Minds are a cello punk band based in Portland (Oregon, not Maine, though you probably assumed that given that they’re a cello punk band). The band have wrapped up production on a brand-spankin’-new full-length. It’s called “The Misery of Correcting Past Mistakes,” and it’s being self-released on August 15th.

To whet your appetite, the band have made the new track “Autotune This!” available for stream or free download. All you’ve gotta do is click here. And stay tuned for more new music in advance of the album’s release.

Oh, and while you’re at it, click here to check out the band’s new video for the track “Krusty Kids.” So much Absent Minds, so little…wait, what was I saying?



Absent Minds (“cello punk”) recording full-length album

Portland’s “Cello Punks” Absent Minds have just announced that they are in the studio recording their long delayed full-length album.  When finished the release will be put out on North By Northwest Records.  We’ll keep you posted as details surface.

If you’re not familiar with the band they play straight up punk (sometimes a little ska-punk) infused with electric cello for a unique, and pretty cool, sound.  In their five years playing together they’ve released a self titled full length, an EP, several Northwest punk compilations, and a split 7″.  You can stream their “EmergenEP” right here.



Ever heard of “Cello-Punk”? You have now!

Admittedly I hadn’t heard of “cello-punk” myself until 5 minutes ago, but Portland’s Absent Minds have done a good job of educating me.  The band plays straight up punk (sometimes a little ska-punk) infused with electric cello for a unique, and pretty cool, sound.  In their five years playing together they’ve released a self titled full length, an EP, several Northwest punk compilations, and a split 7″.  Word is a new album is in the woks but in the meantime you can stream their “EmergenEP” right here.