Today, (3rd February) Ingrid and the Ministers release their brand new single ‘Broken Leaves’. Ranging from poignant and nostalgic heartbreak songs to rugged punk rock, Ingrid and the Ministers’ unconfined sound is always organic and filled with classic guitar solos you can’t help but imagine being played in front of you. Stream ‘Broken Leaves’ Here.
Ingrid and the Ministers are a candid psychedelic rock ’n’ roll band transmitting from the underground of New Zealand’s capital, achieving a rare balance of vigorous raw emotion and humble greatness, piloting the band down pathways of expansive creative energy. A craftful songwriter, her potent and melodic vocals are a vehicle for lyrical brilliance. Born and raised in Grenoble, France, Ingrid moved to Pōneke/ Wellington as a teenager and has lived there since, starting the band in 2018. Joining her on lead and rhythm guitar is James Morgan, then Scott Maynard on bass and Kim Andrews on drums.
Speaking of ‘Broken Leaves’, she says “this blues groove came to me after I discovered Jessie Mae Hemphill’s album ‘She Wolf’ (1981). It’s full of amazing blues rhythms that you can jam to for hours. I quickly realised, though, that I wanted it to be a lot rougher, and the lyrics to be modern and relatable – definitely not too polite” She continues, “‘Broken Leaves’ is about when you decide you can no longer take care of someone who refuses to help themselves. All their old excuses no longer seem to stack up and you realise that if you don’t move on it will slowly destroy you”
The act’s ingenious whimsical slapstick stars in a series of music videos capturing scenes from the country’s capital, and always with the catchiness of rock’n’roll. Their vigorous single about the housing crisis “Boofhead” released in 2022 adds a punk edge to their music, with a video just as anarchic featuring a Bjork-esque bright orange wig.
In true DIY fashion, their first album in 2020 ‘Kill the Sights’ was recorded in the ex-guitar player’s garage, with the wavering single Pepper & Sand garnering praise from Youtuber Matt Orchard’s Crime and Society series when it featured on an episode. The album captures their signature live sound, and at times fittingly atonal melodies with showers of hard-hitting choruses.
With their new 2022 album compressing a world of innovative expression into a single record, Ingrid and the Ministers’ fresh creative freedom bursts when performing on stage, leaving a lasting impression with audiences who get to experience it.