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By John Hanley

Minos the Saint is releasing their debut, full-length album come early 2016.

The self-described “eclectic, chamber folk” band began with two members who just enjoyed jamming with each other, said the band’s keyboardist, trombonist and accordionist Ben Herrington. After that, a violinist and a drummer were brought in, officially creating Minos the Saint, with a brass section having been recently added.

The band, as might be apparent in the instrument choices, brings a unique blend of genres and a high-energy intricacy to their music.

“We incorporate a lot of styles, but one big sense we bring to it is that all of the members of the band have some degree of classical background,” said Herrington. “So, the biggest thing that does for us is it makes us listen very carefully to other members of the band as we’re playing.”

Herrington said a lot of their songs had been developed through live performances, as the band usually begins with basic chords and melodies and lets the songs flesh out through their onstage musical “conversations.”

The band has released two EPs, but they are planning to release their first album around mid-February 2016. The album is set to be around 11 tracks long, and will be available digitally, as a CD and on vinyl.

“All of the songs [on the album] are songs that we’ve developed through our live performances,” said Herrington. “A lot of ideas organically happen through that process. It’s sort of like an evolutionary process where only the strongest ideas survive, from an arrangement standpoint.”

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