Minihorse is going to some places we’ve never been to before, a sort of renegade alternative rock slide that guitarist Ben Collins sums up in the power trio’s own unique way: “a mix between heart-eyes and the guy wearing sunglasses, but we often come off sounding more like the crying cat.” Collins along with Christian Anderson and John Fossum have released a fresh EP titled Big Lack – music we couldn’t wait to learn more about. Ben told us, “Fans can expect sounds that make them feel everything from the warm compassion of a mother to the calculated indifference of a father.” Click to to check out Big Lack and the future plans of Minihorse…right you finish a read of the XXQs down below.

Minihorse1XXQs: Minihorse (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out from others in your genre?

Ben Collins (BC): I’d say the sound I set out to make is essentially a mix between heart-eyes and the guy wearing sunglasses, but we often come off sounding more like the crying cat.

PEV: What kind of music were you guys into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

BC: The Megaman 2 and Double Dragon soundtracks are a big influence on us. I think my first concert was Foreigner, which didn’t have a huge impact one way or another.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?

BC: Our first show was in the basement of a club called The Blind Pig, and it was great! I feel like I’m still trying to break into the scene in my hometown.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Minihorse show?

BC: They can expect to hear the same songs they know and love, except 500% louder and 20% sloppier.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

BC: I mainly feel tons of gratitude for all the people that like the music enough to come watch us!

PEV: How has playing in Minihorse been different from working with other artists or projects in the past?

BC: There’s a bit more immediacy and intimacy in a power-trio. Everything we do is on purpose.

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?

BC: I get my best ideas for songs after at least two days without sleep or after wiring up my brain to direct current.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

BC: Although we’ve all been doing this for a super long time, I don’t really focus too much on what I or my former bands have done. I’m more worried about whether I’ll ever write a good song again.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Minihorse?

Minihorseunnamed-1BC: Being a touring band is actually just a cover story for our real mission, which involves ******REDACTED******* until they’re dead.

PEV: What can fans expect from your new EP Big Lack? Tell us about the writing process behind this work.

BC: Fans can expect sounds that make them feel everything from the warm compassion of a mother to the calculated indifference of a father.

PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song or album is complete and you can sit back and listen to it in full? 

BC: Usually it’s a long time before I listen back to the mixes. We record, produce and mix everything ourselves, so I’m usually so neurotic about mixes that it takes a full year before I can listen with any objectivity.

PEV: What would you say is the biggest challenge for musicians trying to make a name for themselves these days?

BC: There’s just a ton of great music happening right now. The internet gives everyone a platform, which is great. It’s hard to get noticed because everyone is talented and there’s hardly any time to ingest it all!

PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

BC: I’d like to play Japan! There are so many great Japanese rock bands like The Pillows, Tokyo Shoegazer, Boris, etc. which I really love.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?

BC: They range from super supportive to mild concupiscence to REALLY pissed. Playing at home is fun!

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

BC: I’m about to start learning how to sew voodoo dolls. John is working with Tom Delonge to disclose what really happened at Area 51 and Christian likes to sit quietly.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

BC: I’d like to collaborate with Ben Collins in 2005, because I think I could teach him a lot, and I’ve always wanted to generate an ontological paradox.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

BC: Yes! Beverly from NYC and The Lemon Twigs.

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think each of you would be doing for a career?

BC: We’d probably be finding some sort of sleep-based work.

PEV: So, what is next for Minihorse?

BC: We’re gonna hit up the big Twin Peaks filming landmarks when we’re in the northwest! But first, we need a shower.

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