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BAND OF THE WEEK: Andy Matchett & the Minks

April 11, 2011

Andy Matchett & the Minks (photo by CKG Photography)

Every week at Orlando Music News, the site highlights a local band. A good local band. This week, the band that consistently delivers one of the most uninhibited and infectiously fun live shows in Orlando: Andy Matchett & the Minks.

Andy Matchett & the Minks play House of Blues on Saturday, April 16, as part of a WPRK-curated show with the Pauses, Potsie, and Darling Cavaliers, making for one of the best lineups of local bands to hit that venue in a while.

Just the facts:

When formed:

Early 2010

Band members’ names & instruments:

  • Andy Matchett – Singing/Guitar
  • Kelly McGuire – Keyboard/Singing
  • Roger Docking – Guitar/Singing
  • Abraham Couch – Bass
  • Patrick O’Neal – Drums

Currently available releases:

The Apple Tree Circle

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Website: (due in April).

See also:, facebook, bandcamp, etc,etc,etc.

Upcoming shows:

  • April 16th @ House of Blues w/ The Pauses, Potsie & Darling Cavliers
  • May 7th @ Will’s Pub w/ Company & Howling Owls
  • May 27th @ 321 Local in Cocoa w/ Damion Suomi

Describe your sound:

“In a just world, this is what mainstream radio would sound like.” – Bao Le Huu, OW

Any big news to share?

We’re playing our biggest stage yet on April 16th at House of Blues for the WPRK Comes Alive series. We have a new drummer, Patrick O’Neal (of My Hotel Year/History/Country Slashers fame). We have a fully interactive website in development that will be ready by the end of the month. And we’re doing a national release of The Apple Tree Circle in May/June, which is being orchestrated by the band & completely funded/promoted/distributed by our fanbase. It’s amazing what can be done without a label or management these days.

Five Questions:

(answered by Andy Matchett)

1) What has been your most memorable show so far?

I’m married with 2 kids & a full time job so it’s pretty awesome I get to play rock & roll shows at all. When I was younger, every night was some new party, so I think I took it for granted. Now I savor every moment at every show. My favorites, though, are the ones we never see coming – the random house party where 250 people show up and just go insane. The opening slot in a new town where everyone at the bar comes up front to grab handfuls of confetti & party with us. The less you expect a reaction, the better it is when there is one.

2) Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?

Hands down, our best shows are with The Equines from Sarasota. We’re like brother & sister bands at this point. Every show is a contest to see who can turn each other’s set into the bigger party. Last time we shared a bill, Erin Murphy was painting everyone’s faces while we played. We helped throw out seven contractor bags of balloons during their set. In Orlando, our favorites are the New Lows, Great Deceivers, Pauses, Peter Baldwin, Telethon, Bob on Blonde, Empyres – I could go on & on. We’ve had amazing Tampa/St. Pete shows with Marksmen, Sleepy Viking and Alexander & The Grapes. Only Thieves from Tallahassee are just great. If I had to pick an all-time favorite local band, I’d probably go with Mumpsy or one of Noah Kussack’s bands (Mother Night/XOXO). I love a good pop songwriter.

3) Which national band would you most like to share a bill with?

I’m not a big fan of sharing bills with national bands, to be perfectly honest. It’s never what you imagine it to be. The club always expects you to tame down your show, the pay usually blows & then the band you’re opening for goes out to eat during your set or hangs out in the tour bus the whole time. I realize the whole point of playing with a national band is to reach a larger audience, but my motives for doing this are much different than they used to be. Sure, I’ll say yes to playing with a national band every time, but I care less about playing to huge crowds than I do about having a good time and doing things our way. If people like it, then great, but somehow there’s this pressure to conform when you’re opening for a national band. That said, probably Foo Fighters or Weezer if I could find a wormhole back to 1996. Can I get on that Lollapalooza ’94 bill??

4) What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?

Not that our sound is particularly off the wall or anything, but I hear a lot of people struggling to define us style-wise. It’s a good thing, I think. Word has gotten out about our live shows and some people think that means we play a non-stop dance party set. But that’s not entirely true. We’re very much a band for grown-ups in that way. Our shows are like wedding receptions – you party a little, you slow dance a little, your mom gets hammered and starts saying things you don’t want to hear…

5) What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What’s your least favorite?

I live in Orlando because my family is here. You can play music from anywhere in the world now and be able to find a somewhat widespread audience. That said, Orlando is great because it has so much potential to be amazing. The resources are here, but it still feels like a blank slate sometimes. When I lived in the Northeast, there were 250 bands doing every possible thing on any given night and it was harder to stand out. Here, every band can be the only one doing what they’re doing & carve out a certain niche…. My least favorite thing? Well, I went to a show the other night and there is a guy from Brooklyn who has incorporated a parachute into his set… Now, personally, I think everyone should be doing that kind of thing to make live shows more interesting, and it was really nice to be able to see that from the audience perspective, but, let’s be honest – the guy from Brooklyn is always going to get credit over the guy from Orlando, and that’s a little frustrating when you’ve been doing something for years. Since I was a kid, Orlando seemed to think it was just a few good bands away from meaning something on the national stage. Maybe that’s true, but if we’re talking about the path to real relevance, I think Orlando needs to find its own voice & stop looking to Brooklyn, Portland, Athens – wherever – to tell them what the rules are. There is plenty of craziness & character in this town to write about & make our own.

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  • Cole Schneider