The Mint Chicks


Arriving from the North Shore sprawl into the vacuum that was the early 00s Auckland live scene, the Mint Chicks provided a blast of wired, aggressive energy. Lead by the enigmatic Nielson brothers, the band would evolve into a riveting blend of pop, psychedelia and punk.

It’s tough to recall, at this distance, how barren New Zealand guitar-based music felt at the dawn of the millennium. The second wave (or was it the third?) of Flying Nun bands had mostly fallen apart. Venues like Kurtz Lounge and the Gluepot, which had nurtured live music through the ‘80s and ‘90s were literally demolished.

Backstage ...
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
A short documentary about The Mint Chicks in Portland
Kody Nielson at the Big Day Out, 2007
Photo credit: Photos by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
The Mint Chicks - LATE at the Museum, February 2010
The Mint Chicks in 2003
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I Can't Stop Being Foolish
Ruban Nielson at a Grey Lynn all-ages show
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
Walking off a Cliff Again
Kody sings She's A Mod at the 2009 Music Awards as a tribute to Ray Columbus & The Invaders who were inducted into the Hall Of Fame
Real Groove magazine, October 2006
Ruban Nielson
Photo credit: Photos by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
Ruban Nielson
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Kody Nielson at the 2006 APRA Silver Scrolls
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Michael Logie, at the 2007 Big Day Out 
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Sleeping During The Day
Off the wall in 2003
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Let's Make the Water Turn Black (live in the basement)
Hot on Your Heels
The Mint Chicks take out Best Group at the 2007 New Zealand Music Awards - Kody Nielson, Michael Logie, Paul Roper and Ruban Nielson
The Mint Chicks performing at the APRA Silver Scrolls, Auckland Town Hall, 2006
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
Kody Nielson at the 2005 Big Day Out
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The Mint Chicks monster as appeared on the cover of their last EP, 2010's Bad Buzz
Cheese On Toast interview
Paul Roper, Big Day Out 2007
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"Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!" at the Music Awards 2007
Kody Nielson at the 2006 B-Net Awards.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Kody Nielson at the 2006 B-Net Awards.
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Kody Nielson at the Big Day Out, 2007
Photo credit: Photos by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
Paul Roper, 2003
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Ruban Nielson
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If My Arm Was A Mike Stand...
I Can't Stop Being Foolish (Live at Red Bull Studio)
Tell Her No (live in the basement)
Ruban Nielson at the Big Day Out, 2005
Photo credit: Photos by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Ruban Nielson, 2003
Photo credit: Photos by Ian Jorgensen (Blink)
The Mint Chicks: An Oral History
Kody Nielson at the 2007 NZ Music Awards
The Mint Chicks at the Big Day Out, 2007
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
She's A Mod
Members:

Kody Nielson - vocals, keyboards

Ruban Nielson - guitar, vocals

Michael Logie - bass

Paul Roper - drums

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