This refined and versatile 4-piece comes from a small town in the middle of France. They started in 1990 from a group of friends sharing a comon love of pure & eccentric pop. Psychedelic pop provides the touchstone of their sound, but the band blends their own ideas with those of XTC, Robyn Hitchock, Mitch Easter and other maestros of multi-dimensional sounds. Out of place here in France full of garage and grunge bands & more interested in doing what they want â€“ itâ€™s the music that counts here not the image â€“ they have meet moderat succes so far. After 2 self-published cassettes and some tracks on various local compilations, The Strawberry Minds finally released theirs 1st album in 1995. â€śAnorak Dayâ€ť still rates among the finest and more personal we hear from this country these last years.
Now they waxed their 1st single. This brand new release demonstrates agian the bandâ€™s flair for delivering finely crafted pop tunes with tempos, emotive vocals, crystal clear sounds & nifty little hooks taht just wonâ€™t let go.
The band plays melodic folk rock with a slighty psychedelic feel to it. Their sound is somewhat reminiscent of early Rain Parade. â€śBeau Frereâ€ť in particular is a strong track.
Rock Beat â€“ USA
This French band released a mighty fine EP awhile back and have returned with 3 new ones showing maturity in the songwriting department. Very pleasant classic Go-Betweens styled pop that has a bright, acoustic based pop style that many try and really blow at.... The Minds show how this is done. Crafty melodicism.