!mindparade

Portland, OR

!mindparade is an experimental music project combining song arc, art rock, chamber composition, and avant-garde sound. The band grew out of the solo recording projects of Portland, OR, based Alex Arnold. After spending his teen years digging through his dad's vinyl collection of vintage prog greats and self-recording in his parent's basement, Arnold went on to study music theory and earn a B.A. in Music Composition, focusing on 20th-century composition techniques, electronic music, and orchestral writing. At his home studio, Arnold collaborates with friends to flesh out !mindparade's recordings and live iterations. Their output is as kaleidoscopic as their influences, resulting in albums that balance varied stylistic tendencies- from rock to pop to experimental noise- and live shows that feature a revolving lineup of players. !mindparade self-released it’s debut record Everything Is Happening 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) on tape cassette and vinyl via Tree Machine Records, followed by Aleatoric Phase (2017), which featured ambient avant-garde synth explorations. In 2020 the group founded their own label, Neon Underground Archives, in Portland, OR, in order to self-release their experimental rock album entitled Hypertonic.
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