!mindparade is an American experimental pop project originally formed in Bloomington, Indiana. Brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Alex Arnold, the live show and recordings combine artpop, avant-rock, psychedelia, mathrock, post punk, drone/ambient and other genres in explorations of song arc. Arnold is constantly writing and self-producing at his home studio, resulting in albums that feature varied musical personnel and stylistic tendencies. Arnold has also collaborated in studio with musicians such as Diane Coffee and opened for groups such as The Wailers (Bob Marley) and Les Rhinocerous (from John Zorn’s Tzadik label).
Psychosparkle (blog) writes: "After growing up on a steady selection of earlier prog greats such as Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd and Yes, and venturing into personal appreciation for modern classical composers like Debussy along with avantgarde jazz greats such as Ornette Coleman, one becomes curious imagining the sonic complexities that formulate from such eclectic tastes. Following his experiments with musical computer manipulation techniques in his teens, Alex went on to study music theory and earn a B.A. in Music Composition, focusing on avante garde composition techniques, electronic music, and orchestral writing."!mindparade's music is as diverse and kaleidoscopic as it’s influences. The project self-released it’s debut record Everything Is Happening LP in 2012, described by NUVO magazine as “an ambitious low-fi bedroom symphony marked by flourishing psychedelic arrangements and dreamy tunes that recall everything from Deerhunter to T. Rex to the Elephant 6 Collective”. The band went on to release Hero EP (2013) and Dead Mystics (2015) via Tree Machine Records on limited run tape cassettes and vinyl. Singles from the LP premiered on blogs such as Impose as the band embarked on several DIY tours across the US and Canada in promotion of the record.
In 2017, !mindparade released Aleatoric Phase LP on Detroit based micro label Atonuv, which featured two 17 minute tracks of ambient, avant garde synth explorations. Blog Next Northwest interviewed Arnold regarding the release, where he described the recording process, as well as new works; “I locked some drones on my synth which was plugged into my pedalboard. I started twiddling the knobs on my pedals and realized small tweaks in each pedal would make the sound subtly change. There were a few points where I had no idea how the sounds were being created.. I wasn’t sure if I was going to release this, since I saw !mindparade as mostly a rock/pop project. But then I thought well, I have the track, it’s interesting, why not show another side of the story? I’m currently finishing another !mindparade LP, which I plan to release next year. It is more similar to the previous [rock] records than this one, but I would say it will be my best iteration of the !mindparade world so far, and certainly the most heady.”
Discography:Everything Is Happening LP (self-released, 2012) Hero EP (Tree Machine Records, 2014) Dead Mystics LP (Tree Machine Records, 2015) Aleatoric Phase LP (Atunov, 2017)
Alex Arnold - Lead/Vocals
Chelsea Jean - Keys/Vocals
Charles Roldan - Drums
Jake Cleveland - Bass
Timmy Barnett- Violin
Peter Hanson- EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument)