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Podcast Episode
Season
Eleven
number
531
Type
Album Review
Post Date
3/16/2021

Ammonia

531 Mint 400 by Ammonia

Mint 400

Label
Murmur
Release year
1995
Producer
Kevin Shirley
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Tight songwriting, killer bass tone, and blistering guitars elevate Ammonia's debut album Mint 400 out of the pack of mid-90s rock bands

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By 1995, it was difficult for American "alternative" bands to make a dent in the US, let alone a rookie Australian band on a new label with just a handful of releases to crack MTV and radio. Ammonia did that with the quirky single "Drugs," which found singer/guitarist Dave Johnstone melding the quiet/loud bombast of Nirvana with a delivery more reminiscent of Wayne Coyne. But "Drugs" is the classic case of a single not exactly representing the sound of the record, as the rest of Mint 400 shifts between big fuzzed-out riffing in the vein of Swervedriver's shoegaze and Superchunk's early noise pop. The band works best in short, loud bursts, only losing focus when the tempo drops and running time drags.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Drugs
  • 22:17 - Suzi Q
  • 30:40 - Ken Carter
  • 43:41 - Mint 400
  • Outro - Sleepwalking

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