The best way for me to describe the music of M!NES is to say that it resembles something between indie rock and twee but is of this sort of subgenre that has not yet been very well documented. Bands galore are coming out within these songs, from Radiohead to the dreamy side of 311 to Death Cab, Flaming Lips, Buddy Holly, The Strokes and it goes on and on and on.
One of the biggest factors in this music that you need to understand is the complexity of it all. There are seemingly layers upon layers here, whether it be dreamy whooshes or scratching up the guitars, and it somehow brings out this idea that this could be a math rock band that is instrumental.
With that, I can’t help but wonder if this does indeed need vocals or if it would be better off without them. I know I’ve reviewed plenty of instrumental bands less complex than this and said that they stood well on their own without vocals, and this could just as easily stand without them as well, but I’m just hoping that the addition of vocals doesn’t overcomplicate this for some listeners.
Sometimes the vocals can remind me of Cage the Elephant and sometimes I can even bring out these Weezer comparisons. With the fire of The Casket Lottery, the melody of an older Polyvinyl band and the ability to shift paces seamlessly ala Local H or Blur, M!NES is truly one of a kind.