For the past two years, Minos the Saint has left an undeniable impression on the Baton Rouge music scene.
The chamber folk band is comprised of Peter Simon on guitars/vocals, Micah Blouin on drums/percussion and Ben Herrington playing nearly every other instrument imaginable. The band returns to the stage Saturday, performing with Moon Honey and Bearcubbin at Spanish Moon. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Simon discussed Minos the Saint’s as-of-now untitled upcoming album and what he thinks of the local scene.
The band is recording a new album, what can you say about it so far?
“We have been working on it since the beginning of this summer. We’ve been working at PreSonus with a guy named Justin Spence, who is producing it. It’s going well. It’s been a relatively smooth and quick process. There is no title yet, but it will definitely be a full-length with 10-12 songs. We’re almost done tracking it. We’ll be announcing a release date soon.”
What is your writing process like?
“Each song takes it own form in its own kind of way. Some songs, I sat on for three years. Some, I wrote in a week. There is no pattern. It’s this way of working where you piece it together and make sure it’s something you care about.”
The music on the new album will be in that same chamber folk vein, though?
“Definitely. The big part that we’re showing is the evolution of this project and how that’s been incorporating brass and writing arrangements with those players in mind. That’s been the most exciting part of the project, seeing what they come up with. To have those people who you respect take something you dreamt up on some sleepless night, it’s quite an honor.”
You have been here for 10 years now, what do you think about Baton Rouge’s music scene?
“I’ve always been a big fan of it. It took me a few years to figure it out and navigate it, but once I got connected to it and saw the smart stuff people were doing ... It has always been constant. There has always been someone doing something interesting that will stop you in your tracks.”
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