Fronted by Tess Passero (marketing director at Macbeth Footwear), Mini Death quickly mastered their own brand of guiltless throwback garage pop, culminating with the stellar single “Creeper Status.” Supposedly born “on the banks of the Rio Grande in El Paso, TX,” the band chased “water and pop tunes” all the way to San Diego, CA – its current home.
Interestingly, the retro-but-not-that-retro aspect of Mini Death owes a lot of its shine to the pre-pop-punk / not-quite-post-grunge era. All hyphenated explanations aside, Passero professed her love for the era in a 2012 interview with Altamont Apparel. “I’ve always been obsessed with the Pixies and I was always, always in love with Courtney Love. I guess that’s not a good thing to admit, but maybe it is?” Citing Dinosaur Jr. and Nirvana as equally integral to her creative development, Passero offers a different point of reference for Mini Death’s influence – Roy Orbison. “It’s not like our music sounds like Roy Orbison,” Passero told Altamont in the same interview, “but I like the simple lyrics of 60s music. I listened to a lot of punk when I was younger, and then all the 90s stuff we were talking about. It’s kind of a weird mix and then we put it [all together].”