Mental As Anything - Manly Leagues Club
Release of second single “Goat Tracks In My Sandpit”
Shows in China and NZ amongst busy Australian touring schedule.
Martin Plaza off the road for long periods while dealing with chemotherapy. Mike Caen and Craig Gordon take turns to step back in to cover Martin’s guitar parts. October Martin back in but has to pull out after a month and Tony Adams (ex Riptides and Cyberia) joins to finish the year. While Martin has been out all the shows have been extremely well received and the Mentals are at the top of their game. The audiences have been united in sending healing thoughts to Martin. As of Christmas 2016 he is responding very well to a new chemotherapy treatment and sitting on a fresh batch of songs.
Mentals sign with Demon Music ( part of BBC Worldwide) for U.K. and Europe.
Bassist Zoltan Budai leaves and is replaced by James Gillard who has played with Mondo Rock, Casey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan and Jimmy Barnes. Late in 2015 release of first single for many years “Shake Off Your Sandals”produced by Steve James.
Martin back on tour.
Mentals sign with Universal Music.
Guitarist Mike Caen leaves to concentrate on a solo album and his Bar Tones band. He is replaced by Martin Cilia who after ten years has just finished the last tour of legendary Australian surf band The Atlantics (with their international hit Bombora). He also played in the eighties with Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs.
September Martin Plaza undergoes surgery to remove a kidney tumour. Craig Gordon from Mr Breeze covers Martin’s guitar parts while Greedy sings Martin’s songs.
Bassist Dave the Duck Barraclough and drummer Robbie Souter retire due to health problems. Bassist Zoltan Budai and drummer Jacob Cook join up. Zoltan ex Richard Clapton and Brian Cadd and Jacob a young veteran of live playing and hip hop production. This rhythm section pumps up the Mentals for years of shows in pubs clubs theatres festivals and even restaurants around Australia and occasionally overseas (Shanghai,Beijing and NZ)
‘Let’s Cook’ recorded with the Wiggles. Long time connection with Cockroaches. Touring Australia extensively. Win Mo award best original live band. Wiggles win Aria for best childrens album with Let’s Eat featuring the collaboration with Mentals on ‘Let’s Cook’.
Warner Music Australia discover they have Mentals on their roster and plan to relaunch the greatest hits. The revamped collection called “Essential As Anything” contains “Close Again” and Martin Plaza’s solo monster “Concrete n’ Clay”, and as a bonus Monumental 1 & 2 – 37 of the Mentals video clips on DVD for the first time ever. The band’s back catalogue is now made available for digital download on iTunes. The Mentals started out on vinyl records and have ended up on the net. What next?
The Release of CD and DVD collection Essential As Anything on Warner Music. For the first time all the original hits and videos are available together. Mentals most well known tracks are now made available through ITunes and Rhino around the world.
In September Mental As Anything are inducted into the Australian Record Industry Association’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame along with Little Patty, Kev Carmody, The Dingos and John Paul Young.
Around this time Warner Music releases Tents Up an album of new original Mentals compositions recorded at Electric Avenue in Sydney and mixed by Steve James at Rocking Horse near Byron Bay.
Release of new original album “Tents Up” on Warner Music – the culmination of all the effort, blood, sweat and tears of the past most tempestuous five years in the life of Mental As Anything.
The band continues touring to promote both releases including a series of australia-wide A Day on the Green concerts with the B52s and the Proclaimers.
2006, 2007, 2008
The Mentals head into Electric Avenue Studios in Sydney to lay down tracks for Tents Up. This is the most satisfying recording experience for the band in a long time, but it turns out due to legal issues, it will be a long time before it will be released. Most of the tracks are mixed at Rocking Horse Studios, Federal in northern NSW, by Steve James (“Rock n’ Roll Music” producer) and mastered by Aussie Leon Zervos at Stirling Sound, New York. While this is going on, the band is constantly touring Australia with detours to Shanghai and Macau and a short tour of Port Moresby in early 2007.
Release of Plucked. An album of acoustic recordings of familiar Mentals tunes for Liberation Blue. This shows Mentals classic repertoire in a thoughtful mood. Produced by the band, mixed by John Haeny (Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat and The Doors). This gives the new line-up a taste for recording to be realised with the sessions for a new original studio album.
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