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Norman OK, United States

Starlight Mints are a group of beautiful pop mutants: four oddballs whose love for archetypal pop music and AM radio has provided a rock-solid foundation for a whole bunch of inspired weirdness. Allan Vest (vocals/guitar), Marian Love Nunez (keyboards), Javier Gonzales (bass), and Andy Nunez (drums) began jamming together in the ’90s, giving birth to their own funky brand of heavily instrumental, surrealistically worded pop sound. Maybe you could call it bubblegum psych. It all adds up to something very grand: one marvelous piece of orchestrated, catchy surrealism after another, in the form of 2006’s drowaton. The band has released two previous albums, the dream that stuff was made of (2000), and built on squares (2003), combining classic string arrangements, cheeky boyish vocals, and a feel good vibe to bring a glossy, fresh sound to indie rock.

The Starlight Mints is an indie pop band from Norman, Oklahoma. This quirky quintet is nationally renowned on the indie scene for their creative juxtaposition of classical and pop elements in their music. The band was formed in the ’90s and has varied in size between 5-7 members.
The current quartet consists of:
- Allan Vest (vocals, guitar)
- Andy Nunez (drums)
- Marian Love Nunez (keyboard)
- Javier Gonzales (bass).

Two previous members contributed to their sound on violin and cello. After releasing The Dream That Stuff Was Made Of in 2000 through the label See Thru Broadcasting, and Built on Squares in 2003 through Pias America. Similar bands include the Flaming Lips (who hail from the same area of Oklahoma), the Mayflies USA, the French Kicks and The Unicorns.


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  • rewires

    I was so huge on them but they never exploded. :( Drowaton is still way up there in my list of favorite albums.

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • Cylob

    Slightly reminiscent of Talking Heads. Hats off.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • weatherfield_s

    Awesome :)

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • buriedbythebuzz

    They were so (probably) drugged out but amazing in Lancaster in '06. I still remember the show. Tons of Drowaton in my brain to re-live. xo

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Deus-Marionette

    How is Gold Star not in the top 15?

    8 Dec 2010 Reply
  • dearmau5

    did they just give up on making new music and touring? i really hope not :(

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    [3] most underrated band ever. i cant believe it they are so awesome and original. love all of it.

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Tytl

    Shout out from NZ! Starlight Mints are indeed tasty.

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • mrmocha

    As much as I want to lash out at your post carolinelahola I have to admit the way Vest slinks through his vocals is very reminiscent of SM. I'm revisiting Drowaton for the first time since its release and I'm pleased.

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • carolinelahola

    i LOVE "inside of me". the lead singer sounds like stephen malkmus.

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • dearmau5

    most underrated band ever. i cant believe it they are so awesome and original. love all of it.

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Gimish

    Wonderful band, hope they get the attention they deserve soon.

    31 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Demonocrat

    The killer!!!!!!!!!! So underrated

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • voetbaljana

    I like "Black Champagne" a lot! Unfortunately haven't heard any of their other music..

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • kevinmt

    can anybody upload "built on squares" for me? i would be extra grateful!! :)

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
  • bkelleher

    'Natural' is a fucking JAM. I can't believe how addicted to it I've become.

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • bkelleher

    best album?

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Milo101

    I Like!

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Siouxlex

    Nice daytrotter session (

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • mrgil

    Saw them in Phoenix a few days back. Incredible show. Got to talk with Allan for a second - he's a very nice guy, absolutely unassuming. My favorite band...

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
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