The Mint Chicks Profile

Duncan Grieve
21 Mar 2014

Arriving from the North Shore sprawl into the vacuum that was the early 00s Auckland live scene, the Mint Chicks provided a blast of wired, aggressive energy. Lead by the enigmatic Nielson brothers, the band would evolve into a riveting blend of pop, psychedelia and punk.

It’s tough to recall, at this distance, how barren New Zealand guitar-based music felt at the dawn of the millennium. The second wave (or was it the third?) of Flying Nun bands had mostly fallen apart. Venues like Kurtz Lounge and the Gluepot, which had nurtured live music through the ‘80s and ‘90s were literally demolished.

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Walking off a Cliff Again
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The Mint Chicks performing at the APRA Silver Scrolls, Auckland Town Hall, 2006
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Kody Nielson at the 2006 APRA Silver Scrolls
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The Mint Chicks: An Oral History
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Hot on Your Heels
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Ruban Nielson at the Big Day Out, 2005
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Let's Make the Water Turn Black (live in the basement)
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Kody Nielson at the 2006 B-Net Awards.
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Backstage ...
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Kody Nielson at the 2007 NZ Music Awards
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Ruban Nielson
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The Mint Chicks monster as appeared on the cover of their last EP, 2010's Bad Buzz
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Off the wall in 2003
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A short documentary about The Mint Chicks in Portland
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She's A Mod
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Paul Roper, 2003
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The Mint Chicks take out Best Group at the 2007 New Zealand Music Awards - Kody Nielson, Michael Logie, Paul Roper and Ruban Nielson
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The Mint Chicks in 2003
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I Can't Stop Being Foolish
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Kody sings She's A Mod at the 2009 Music Awards as a tribute to Ray Columbus & The Invaders who were inducted into the Hall Of Fame
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Kody Nielson at the Big Day Out, 2007
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"Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!" at the Music Awards 2007
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Ruban Nielson, 2003
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Cheese On Toast interview
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Tell Her No (live in the basement)
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Kody Nielson at the 2005 Big Day Out
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I Can't Stop Being Foolish (Live at Red Bull Studio)
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Sleeping During The Day
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Ruban Nielson at a Grey Lynn all-ages show
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Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
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If My Arm Was A Mike Stand...
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Ruban Nielson
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Kody Nielson at the 2006 B-Net Awards.
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Paul Roper, Big Day Out 2007
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The Mint Chicks at the Big Day Out, 2007
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Kody Nielson at the Big Day Out, 2007
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Ruban Nielson
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Real Groove magazine, October 2006
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The Mint Chicks - LATE at the Museum, February 2010
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Michael Logie, at the 2007 Big Day Out 
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Members:

Kody Nielson - vocals, keyboards

Ruban Nielson - guitar, vocals

Michael Logie - bass

Paul Roper - drums

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