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Champaign IL, United States (1991 – present)

Menthol (formerly Mother) was a Champaign, IL trio formed in 1991. They were Balthazar De Ley on guitar and vocals, Joel Spencer on bass and background vocals, and Colin Koteles on drums. Their sound combined clever lyrics with distorted, melodic rock music. They released one single and one album, Gold Record LP, on Mud Records in 1993.

They relocated to Chicago, signed with Capitol Records, and renamed themselves Menthol. They released their major-label debut, Menthol, in 1995.

In 1998, Danger: Rock Science! was to be Menthol’s sophomore release on Capitol but was shelved by Capitol. In label limbo, Menthol struggled to get back their recording rights. Finally they gave up and re-recorded the album at one-tenth the cost, although “Q102” and “Bavarian Girl” were replaced with “Future Shock.” Danger: Rock Science! was released in 2002 on Hidden Agenda Records.

Before founding Mother, De Ley founded and played guitar in Honcho Overload and played bass in Hum. He was also in Bad Flannel. In 1996, Mark Baldwin joined Menthol but left later that year. Henry Frayne and Wes Hollywood played with Menthol for a few years.

Menthol’s last show was at The Highdive in Champaign on May 25, 2008. Honcho Overload, The Moon Seven Times, Dick Justice, Corndolly, and Driver Has No Cash also performed.


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  • Xmxtx

    where to download their song, please?

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • SubUmbra

    I saw a show in college once that was: Shiner, Castor, Menthol and Hum. It might have been one of the best shows I have ever seen.

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • Summerteeth79

    Menthol was one of those bands that was way ahead of their time. Fantastic lyrics and a unique sound made this band unforgettable to me.

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • TheBeanser

    No matter how much new music I get, I always keep Menthol in my rotation. Sadly underappreciated.

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • cswank

    Menthol is one of the most neglected and underrated rock records of all time. Way ahead of their time. Menthol still sounds futuristic almost 12 years later.

    15 Jan 2008 Reply
  • wildcelt

    Why haven't more people listened to this great band?

    14 Jan 2008 Reply

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