[GIG REVIEW] MINT @ Moon On The Water, Cleethorpes, Saturday 8th April 2017

When bands you know are grafting right around the country, nailing down their craft, agree to come to Cleethorpes of all places... one of two things has happened. Either some stupid investment has rolled in (we wish) or they realise that local lads Mint are on to something cracking and want to be part of the Hype Train!

The support slots from Courtyards, Corella and White Room (recently supported Paul Weller!) were easily the best I've seen locally to grace the windy seafront in a long time. Keep your ears on these bands for big things in the future for sure.

But the evening's headline slot began with corking, rock enthused pop tunes that are as catchy as a slip's position on a cricket field. Straight away frontman Zak had one mission in mind, to make sure everyone remembered what they were about to witness.

Solid tunes such as 'Jimmy', 'Wolves' and 'Living & Dying For' are always fans favourites in their set and Saturday was no different. 'Wonderland' was eery to hear in a location that is literally yards away from some of the locations the lyrics reference, which for me gave it added meaning. A Bit of online streaming success has given 'Elise' a perfect section as the closing curtain accompaniment.

Standard raucous crowd behaviour, surfing on inflatable crocodiles, light fixtures being caught by flailing legs and barriers being worked to their limits all occurred. I'd be scared to see how they grow and maybe take over Europe one day? International crowds would go mad for that!

I can't tell you how happy I feel that my hometown is 'getting somewhere' in terms of new music and being able to attract the kind of talent that is getting international recognition. MINT are at the very tip of this action locally but also forcing themselves on to bigger platform around the country. Check out their socials for all the latest Goss and you never know, you may get bought a Zak Rashid cocktail by the lads!