Based in the South Wales Valleys, The Minerals are Colenso Jones and Jodie Gibson, a couple who began writing and performing together in the Summer of 2014.
Merging elements of Country, Electro and Psychedelia, the duo’s influences range from The Vaselines and Leadbelly to Mogwai and Nick Drake. The Minerals strive to retain a raw quality to their recordings with an emphasis on creating a specific atmosphere for each track.
Both musicians were involved in punk bands throughout their teens and early twenties and although their music is no longer confined to that genre, the DIY ethos is evident in their approach to writing and recording. The lessons learned within the punk period of their musical development are still very much ingrained.
The Minerals’ writing process involves the merging of individual ideas which are then worked on throughout the night and recorded by morning, by which point they normally have something in place they’re both happy with. ‘Ball of String’ and B-side ‘Lo-Fi’ were among several tracks written in a barn in the South of France last winter, where the band were unexpectedly snowed in for a week. A plentiful supply of wine and cheese kept them going until the thaw. They returned home having written a complete album.
“Brooding dark and beautiful”
Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales
“Simply gorgeous and ones to keep an eye on”
Bethan Elfyn BBC Radio Wales
“One of our favourite bands of the year so far”
New Sound Wales
“A trove of alt country brilliance”
April 15th – The Moon Club, Cardiff (supporting Rusty Shackle)
April 16th – Snails Deli, Rhiwbina, Cardiff
Festival announcements are due spring 2016