The You Are Minez – Craft Singles EP

Review by Andrew Patterson

How much do you remember about Ghostbusters? What I want to talk about is, obviously, The You Are Minez, but also, the concept of a ‘ghost trap’. In the world of the Ghostbusters, I recall that their capers climaxed in very heated moments, when the Ghostbusters had reached maximal proximity to the ghosts they were hunting. They would spend a little time goofing around together then eventually they’d need to get face to face with their enemy. And when they did, in the heat of it all, they’d slam on a foot pedal and suck up the spirit into a tiny metal box.

This seems like a fine model not only for catching ghosts, but for recording pop songs. You run around with your friends for a while, talk briefly with a member of the opposite sex, then you get your shitty metal box and catch yourself a hot ghost. Facing your demons and trying to capture a part of that experience is exciting. This brings me to The You Are Minez.

Calgarian Jean Sebastian Audet is the sole member of The You Are Minez. He writes, performs and records everything. Holed up in a home-recording studio, Audet churns out song after song. It’s the Robert Pollard model: think it up, put it to tape. This means that Audet has made and released a lot of music; some of it is forgettable, some of it is revelatory. This EP’s eight minutes is chock full of the latter. This is, unquestionably, the finest You Are Minez material to date and therefor some of the finest current cuts of Canadian garage-pop.

Over the four songs, Audet shrugs off his shakes and shakes off his heartache with jangle, jangle and still more jangle. His voice is throaty and confident, his guitar tracks patchy and loose. There are tiny blemishes of recording processes tucked into the mix. The compelling nature of these tracks are a credit to Audet’s keen self-awareness as both a performer and listener.

What makes these songs so successful is that they were made with great conviction. Audet seems less interested in getting it ‘right’ than getting it while he can, communicating the idea while it is still fresh, and his songs are all the more exciting for it.

Wouldn’t The Ghostbusters be really boring if they meticulously planned attacks and caught a ghost in it’s sleep without bravado? From an audience perspective, if you’ve got the charm and intelligence of Audet/The Ghostbusters, it’s better if you just bust in there and make it work. You don’t need a lot of know-how. You need the spirit and the feeling.