Originally from Tijuana now based in Mexico City, two of the most exciting places for emerging music and art in Mexico, Mint Field is one of these bands that make it shine. Mint Field is guided by Estrella del Sol in vocal and guitar duties, and Sebastian Neyra in the bass. Mint Field explores the nostalgia and the melancholy of the daily life with loud guitars and vocals that are like sighs that give life to a unique and supernatural shoegaze. Mint Field is not limited, the instrumentation and atmospheres are accompanied by delicate, harmonious and ethereal vocals that are a fundamental part of the sound. They are inspired by their surroundings, coming from a quiet place full of lovely skies like Tijuana and actually residing in Mexico City, one of the most chaotic and inhabited places in the world.
The band started to make noise since its first DIY recorded EP, playing in California and Tijuana, getting attention from the people around them in its first stages. This was how after playing Viva Pomona they played Coachella 2016 within a year of having giving birth to the band; they shared stage with Beach House, Wolf Alice, Autolux, Deafheaven, and more. Mint Field exploded and started playing all over Mexico and some small independent tours in the United States.
In 2017 after having composed their first LP, Los Angeles label Innovative Leisure had the pleasure of signing the band with the LP “Pasar de las Luces” and later releasing it in 2018. The album has an atmospheric and ethereal sound, with angelical voices and a combination of sounds from the 90’s, shoegaze, krautrock and noise pop from bands like Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, NEU!. This album is obscure, brilliant and organic.
“Pasar De Las Luces is the angelic muse from which the creative senses blossom, a record that can awaken the sleeping writer inside of each and every single one of us the one who only comes out in the wee hours of the night.”
– The Line Of Best Fit
In 2018 the band did over 100 shows in the United States, Mexico and their first two headline tours in Europe, highlight shows being having played in Sonic City curated by Courtney Barnett, Desert Daze, SXSW, Pitchfork Paris, opening a sold-out show for Franz Ferdinand and touring the US with London based band Ulrika Spacek. They were also invited to do a KEXP session in Seattle.
At the end of such year, they recorded in Long Beach, California their EP “Mientras Esperas”. This was released in spring 2019. A 5-track EP that defines the live sound of the band. “This was a combination of everything we have learned throughout the year and the sounds with which we wanted to experiment in our following LP”. – Estrella del Sol
“Of all of the styles that Mint Field draw from, one most often in the background, yet ever-present, is folk. This becomes apparent on “Vamos Rápido” where the instrumentation, effects, and atmosphere are scaled back, allowing the fingerpicked guitar and vocals to occupy the spotlight. This dark and ambient track is one of my favorite on Mientras Esperas.”
-Everything is noise
In 2019 the band released the EP playing NRMAL Festival in Mexico City accompanied by Mazzy Star, Spiritualized, Death Grips, and Beak> as well as opening for Courtney Barnett. At the end of spring, they toured the US and Canada with the US band Film School. Summer 2019 saw the band touring Mexico and closing said tour with two sold-out shows in Mexico City.
This past 2019 autumn the band stopped working with Innovative Leisure and went on to record their follow-up LP to London at Wilton Way Studios. The recording took place with help of producer Syd Kemp and drummer Callum Brown, both members of Ulrika Spacek. The follow-up LP has cleaner, more distinct guitar sounds that praise Helvetia and Thurston Moore. Hypnotic basslines that create a smooth yet complex bed for the song; and drums that gallop and ride to create and add a unique groove to the songs. And as always breezy and romantic vocals from Estrella that make you remember Linda Perhacs. The LP “Sentimiento Mundial” is the first to have featuring guests from London, including musicians from Vanishing Twin and Ha Ha Sounds Collective.
Always praised by the press, Mint Field is called as one of the most uncompromising bands in Mexico, a truly unique sound, passion and energy that takes us to unimaginable places.