New York-via-Bay Area artist MNDR, a.k.a Amanda Warner, released her brand new single â€œ#1 In Heavenâ€ produced by Peter Wade and mixed by Tony Maserati (BeyoncÃ©, Lady Gaga) on January 17th via Ultra Records. The song premiered on Pitchfork (take a listen below). Additionally, MNDR released the video for the track today on SPIN.com. Watch it here. Directed by old friend Cody Critcheloe, a.k.a. SSION, the video, inspired by Patty Hearst, attempts to make a political manifesto using different archival footage, animation, and film techniques.
MNDR will release her much anticipated full-length debut album in Summer 2012. â€œ#1 In Heavenâ€ is as irresistible as everything else sheâ€™s given us thus far, and the first single since â€œCut Me Out.â€
Just three months after MNDRâ€™s first EP release, E.P.E., (Wondersound 2010), which garnered mega-accolades from fans and media tastemakers, MNDR landed a global smash with the single she wrote and recorded with Mark Ronson & the Business Intl called “Bang Bang Bang,” featuring Q-Tip and MNDR. The track sold more than 3.5 million copies and helped introduce the world to Warner and co-writer and producer Peter Wade’s smart, hooky songwriting. MNDR was profiled as an Artist to Watch in SPIN, Fader, Paper, Nylon, Billboard, Q, and NME magazines, performed the track on Letterman, Kimmel, Carson Daly, and Jools Holland’s TV shows, and took the stage at Pukkelpop and V Fest â€” all as an unsigned artist. Shazam named MNDR a breakthrough act and the project earned an MTV O Awards nomination. While the praise was streaming in, MNDR developed a super-energetic live show propelled by innovative reactive visuals designed by digital artist Jamie Carreiro and built up a dedicated fanbase.
MNDR combines pop sensibilities with a love of early house, minimal techno and IDM. By blending a well-honed musical background with in-depth midi programming, sound design, and analogue synthesis skills, Warnerâ€™s result is an incredibly danceable electronic pop sound.
MNDR has headlined shows in the US and the UK, opened for Miike Snow, Massive Attack, Chromeo, Yacht, The Shins and Deerhoof in the US, among many others.
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Green Label Sound recently released the music video for “Cut Me Out” by electronic-pop songstress MNDR a.k.a. Amanda Warner. A project dreamed up by Warner and producer/co-writer Peter Wade, MNDR has been creating waves with her electrifying live shows across the globe with such heavy-hitters as Chromeo and Mark Ronson. Watch the never-before-seen video for “Cut Me Out” and download the single exclusively at www.greenlabelsound.com
MNDR first wrote “Cut Me Out” as a question to fans. Amanda explains, “What does it mean to you? Maybe we shut down the cell phones and close the laptops? Go for bike rides? Give your money away?… It’s about losing yourself and being in the moment.”
Inspired by Amanda’s vision of paying homage to the surrealist film Un Chien Andalou by Luis Bunel and Salvador Dali and the psychedelic, cult classic The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodro, Timothy Saccenti signed on to direct the video. Also responsible for the projection and lighting elements of MNDR’s live show, his goal was to give a, “video debut for the band that visually followed the language they’d already created sonically.” Using an augmented Kinect, and the help of Ivan Safrin, Amanda’s movements were then projected onto a special screen allowing her to interact with her digital doppelganger in real time. As the video progresses, the layers are cut away to reveal not only the real Amanda but also the raw spirit of MNDR.
Upon completion of the video, Amanda was pleased that she was given the, “opportunity to bring my artistic vision for Cut Me Out into reality and collaborate with some amazing artists and friends.”
Watch “Cut Me Out” at www.greenlabelsound.com and check out http://www.greenlabelsound.com/artists/mndr/?id=144&type=1 to see how the video was made.
Green Label Sound, Mountain Dew’s exclusive singles label, is a record label designed to elevate and empower independent artists. To date, Green Label Sound has released singles by Wavves, Neon Indian, Matt and Kim, Holy Ghost!, Chromeo, The Cool Kids, Solid Gold, U-N-I, Flosstradamus and Caroline Polachek, Solid Gold, Theophilus London and Kuroma.
SPIN has confirmed that the acclaimed TV on the Radio will headline the annual SPIN@Stubb’s party on Friday, March 18. The Brooklyn-based rockersâ€™ performance at SPIN@Stubb’s marks their first appearance in support of their fourth studio album, Nine Types of Light, which will be released on April 12.
TV on the Radio will be joined on the outdoor stage by The Kills, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Vaccines, OFF!, and Smith Westerns, while the indoor stage will include performances by MNDR, Young the Giant, Dom, Electric Child, and 28 North. The party, which runs from noon – 6pm, will also feature DJ sets by Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, Designer Drugs, and Anika.
â€œEvery year the line-up is anxiously awaited and once again SPIN@Stubb’s wonâ€™t disappoint. TV on the Radio are two-time SPIN Album of the Year honorees and itâ€™s a huge privilege having them join us this year,â€ says Doug Brod, SPIN editor in chief. â€œThe SPIN@Stubb’s party has become synonymous with Austinâ€™s spring music ritual and the TV on the Radio show is sure to be one of the hottest tickets.â€
SPIN returns to the 3,000-capacity venue for the ninth year running for what has become one of the highlights of the annual music gathering in Texas. Past performers have included Hole (2010), Echo and the Bunnymen (2009), Vampire Weekend (2008), Buzzcocks and Kings of Leon (2007), The Charlatans UK (2006), The New York Dolls (2005), The Hives and The Killers (2004), and Hot Hot Heat and The Black Keys (2003).
SPIN will be offering opportunities to win passes to the invite-only SPIN@Stubb’s event, for both the general public and SXSWbadge holders. Follow twitter.com/SPINsxsw and facebook.com/spinmagazine to get party pass information as soon as it’s announced, and go to SPIN.com for the most immediate and groundbreaking daily news.
Before everyone disperses for the holiday season, MNDR will be playing four select shows on the east and west coast, beginning on December 9, bringing some much needed noise to your lonely wintery nights. Right now, they are offering fans a free download of their own Cold mix of electro-pop gem â€œCaligulaâ€ via www.mndrmndr.com.
Since we announced the arrival of MNDRâ€™s debut EP in the Spring, entitled E.P.E, both sides of the Atlantic have been ablaze with the beats, the moves, and the music of the New York two-piece. In addition to their music infiltrating the Web over 2010, they received instant praise from both the music community and beyond, from culture and tastemaker outlets such as The Fader, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Paper and Interview. MNDR has headlined shows in the US and the UK, opened for Miike Snow and Massive Attack in the US, and performed around the globe with Mark Ronson and The Business INTL whom MNDR collaborated with on ice cool summer hit â€œBang Bang Bang.â€
Along with touring, MNDR, a.k.a Amanda Warner, has been nearing the completion of the first full length album in NYC with producer and co-writer Peter Wade, to be readied for release in Spring/Summer 2011. To pass the time, MNDR will be releasing digital singles, 7 inches, and music videos along the way and will also be embarking on a month long jaunt across the US with Montrealâ€™s Chromeo on January 19th, 2011.
Amanda Warnerâ€™s incredible melodic sense and underground noise and art influences coupled with Peter Wadeâ€™s interest in combining non-traditional sounds with polished songcraft prove to be a perfect marriage of minds. Live, Amanda commands the stage, bending back and forth between her keyboard rig and microphone as she belts out their deceptively simple and undeniably addictive hits. Her fearless individuality and larger than life personality puts the live show is in a class all its own. Add their original audio reactive visuals into the mix (commissioned by MNDR from visual artist Jamie Carreiro), and youâ€™ve got one electrifying show.
www.mndrmndr.com ** www.myspace.com/mndr
Recent media praise for MNDR:
â€œRight now MNDR is our favorite electronic pop singer/producer and gear head who crafts effervescent jams we simply cannot shake from our brainsâ€¦â€ â€“ FADER
â€œThe one-person dance machine Amanda Warner, who unlike the other acts on the bill, had no interest in obscuring anything. Her music was blunt and ecstatic, an antidote to boys in hiding.â€ New York Times
â€œâ€¦dynamic electro-popâ€¦â€ – Pitchfork
â€œâ€¦she can build you an amp out of spare parts and then blast all manner of engrossing egghead dance-floor ephemera through it. Here’s your Lady Gaga in training, if she doesn’t morph into something weirder, flashier, better.â€ â€“ Village Voice
â€œMNDR has given electro the kiss of life.â€- NME
December US Dates in Full:
12/9/10 San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
12/10/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
12/17/10 New York, NY @ Santos Party House
12/18/10 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Chromeo/MNDR 2011 Tour Dates:
1/20/11 Montreal, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
1/21/11 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
1/ 22/11 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
2/3/11 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
2/ 5/11 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
2/ 10/11 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
2/ 12/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
2/ 17/11 Reno, NV @ @Knitting Factory
2/18/11 Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
2/19/11 Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater