The pop group The Minders was formed by Martin Leaper and Robert
Schneider in Denver, CO in the fall of 1995. Schneider was a
co-founder of the Elephant 6 Recording Company, a collective of
farflung and curious acts dedicated to the DIY ethic that so greatly
impassioned many bands of the nineties.
In 1998 Martun Leaper and Rebecca Cole relocated to Portland, OR,
fleeing Denver sportly gentrification and rising cost of living.
Enlisting Portland musicians Joanna Bolme on bass and Hutch Harris on
drums, the Minders released Golden Street in 2001. During the tour
following the release of Golden Street, the Minders switched their
lineup, with Rebecca moving to keyboards and fellow Portland Joel
Burrows playing drums. This new live setup influenced the band sound,
and when they returned home they began working on new material with
Leaper continuing to man the board in their home studio.
The trio spent 2002 building a new home studio and recording the newest
Minders release, the Future Always Perfect. This new release focuses on
sonic layering utilizing analog keyboards. Although the textures are
different, the Minders have remained true to their roots, delivering
another effervescent pop treat.
Band website: www.theminders.com