Maow, Pluto, the Gay, Operation Makeout and Members of Cub Reunite for Mint Records' 20th Anniversary Concert
Published Nov 04, 2011Last month, writer Kaitlin Fontana released Fresh at Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records, which looks back on the two-decades-and-counting success story that is Mint Records. Now, the Vancouver label is preparing to celebrate its 20 years in the industry with a concert that includes performances from many artists -- new and old -- on its roster, plus some notable friends.
The show, which is really more like a mini-festival, will take place in two separate rooms at Vancouver's Waldorf Hotel on November 25. There are 13 bands currently on the bill and tickets cost just $12 in advance ($15 at the door).
The performers so far are: Maow, Kellarissa, Hot Panda, Vancougar, Fanshaw, the Evaporators, Cub member Miss Marr & Friends, the Gay, Volumizer, Operation Makeout, Pluto, the Maxines and My Friend Wallis.
Yes, you read that right: Neko Case's early garage rock project Maow are reuniting for the occasion, though at this point it's still up in the air as to whether Neko herself will make the trip to the show, according to organizers. Of course, this is hardly the only band reuniting for the party. The Gay, Operation Makeout and Pluto are all getting back together and playing their first shows in years. Also, Lisa Marr will be roping in some other members of her much-missed '90s cuddlecore outfit, as well as a few friends, to do a pseudo Cub reunion show. Again, we're unsure if Marr's friends include one-time Cub drummer Neko Case.
This concert will be taking place in lieu of Mint Records' annual Ridiculously Early Xmas Party. The doors open at 8 p.m., and there will be prizes for the first 50 concertgoers. And yes, there will once again be copious amounts of free Pocky.
Part of the proceeds from the night go to Vancouver's Safe Amplification Society. And for the purposes of full disclosure, Exclaim! is helping sponsor the event.