Recorded over the Summer of 1997 at the AFM Records building in Beaver Falls, PA, the debut album from Mind's I was warmly received by local music fans and critics alike upon its release in January 1998. The album featured a very laid-back collection of strum-pop songs largely penned by lead singer Tom Panei, and received airplay on several regional radio stations including 97.7 FM WLER, 105.9 FM WXDX, 102.5 FM WDVE, and 91.1 FM WYEP. The buzz around the new album, especially the song Angel, helped propel the band to the semi-finals in the 1998 Graffiti Rock Challenge (where they were eliminated by the eventual winners that year - the Buzz Poets). Other perennial favorites on the album include the upbeat Plug and the rocking anthem My Time.
Fun fact: Where the Secret Lies was the only album in the Mind's I catalog recorded on tape. (Specifically 2" tape on an Otari console). The masters were taken to California by AFM Records and were lost when the label failed shortly thereafter.
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The original lineup (L-R) Chris Compton, Scott Herbst, Tom Panei, Greg Muiter, Will Stolz
Eager to capitalize on their second appearance in the Graffiti Rock Challenge (1999 - where they finished third overall), but still finding their footing following the departure of both drummer Chris Compton and harmonica player Will Stolz, the band tracked one new song with rising young producer Buzzy Beck at The Audio Loft in Ambridge, PA. They combined this track (the raucous In The Dark) with two unreleased tracks from the Where the Secret Lies sessions (Nosebleed and Spoke) as well as a handful of crowd pleasers from the first album (which had sold through its first pressing by this time) to release the EP Fearless of Ever.
In The Dark was selected to appear in an independent paddling (kayaking - get your head out of the gutter) film called Silent Thunder: The Legend of Team C, which was very well received at independent film festivals and sold strongly among paddling enthusiasts.
Mind's I 2.0 - (L-R) Scott Herbst, Tom Panei, Greg Muiter, and Jason Anthony
After tracking Burn at Aardvark Studios in Steubenville, OH (using studio time won in the Graffiti Rock Challenge), the band decided to return to The Audio Loft to record their next full-length album. Working again with Buzzy Beck, Mind's I crafted their Y2K release Mighty Shoves and Tiny Pushes. More elaborate instrumentation, and a focus on an edgier guitar rock sound made for a fun power-pop album that featured set list staples Burn, Easy Chair, and Inside.
Again, strong radio support from hometown 97.7 FM WLER, as well as 102.5 WDVE and 105.9 WXDX in Pittsburgh helped the band reach a larger audience and book steady work throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey.
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Mind's I performing for over 3000 people in Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh.
After the high pressure sessions that spawned Mighty Shoves and Tiny Pushes, the band opted to spend time in the studio in a more sporadic fashion. The hope was to foster a more relaxed and enjoyable recording experience, while allowing the band to keep pace with their demanding performance schedule and provide better balance with family lives. This was working well until Mind's I guitarist, co-lead vocalist, and co-founder Greg Muiter announced in late 2001 that he needed to step down from his post at stage right.
The band decided to wrap up the work they had started and release it packaged with a track they had contributed to the Y2K WXDX local music compilation (Cry), and their collaboration with singer/songwriter Greg Riordan (Flowing Like the Sea) as Metamorphosis. The album features set staples Show Me and Faded.
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Mind's I in 2001 - Clockwise from top left: Greg Muiter, Tom Panei, Jason Anthony, and Scott Herbst
After Scott returned to Mind's I in 2007 following a nearly three-year absence, the band did some recording at a friend's home studio in an effort to capture some of the music that had been written since the departure of original guitarist Greg Muiter in 2002. The band invited Greg to lay down the remaining tracks that had not been recorded prior to his departure during these sessions as well, for the sake of posterity. A formal album release was not originally the plan, however the sessions began to be fruitful, so the rough tracks were moved to Soundscape Studios to be mixed by Doug Kasper. The result is the 2010 release Train Wreck; an eclectic mix of old and new Mind's I that showcases all the amazing strengths of this band. 97.7 FM WLER regularly plays tracks In The Afternoon and Train Wreck.
Mind's I in 2010 - Clockwise from top left: Jason Anthony, Scott Herbst, Tom Panei, and Jamie Hook
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