Vocals – Matthew Mintenko
Guitar / Vocals - Jason Mintenko
Bass – Kyle Arellano
Drums – Stefan Grabowski
MOSQUITO DICK is a rock band formed in Vancouver, BC comprised of the Mintenko brothers, Matthew and Jason and Kyle Arellano and Stefan Grabowski. Born and raised in Saskatoon SK; the Mintenko brothers began singing together at an early age in church. The brothers then moved to Edmonton AB and stayed for ten years. Eventually moving further West to Vancouver BC, they have now called Van their home for five years. The brothers are both inspired by their late grandfather/ recording artist George Mintenko (singer/ guitarist). Jason decided he wanted to follow in his grandad's footsteps and at the age of ten he purchased his first guitar.
MD’s influences include Megadeth, Metallica, Guns and Roses, Dimebag Darrell, Avenged Sevenfold, Black Label Society, Ted Nugent, Kenny Wayne Shephard, Johnny Lang, The Doors and Alice Cooper. MDs raw vocals combined with a raw guitar sound is genuine and true following the traditions of hard rock and blues.
Many people have asked, why “Mosquito Dick”? Growing up in Saskatchewan you learn to hate Mosquitos very fast. They're big, mean and little pricks. Just like how we hate mosquitos; there is always going to be people hating on you for whatever reason. How are you ever supposed to enjoy life when you’re always worried about what people think about you. Have you ever been discouraged or underestimated before? Have you ever been judged like a book’s cover before people even know who you really are? That's Life and that's how haters roll.
Just have Fun and Live Life!!
Mosquitos are one of the leading killers in the world, second only to HIV / AIDS in Africa. A child dies needlessly from malaria every minute. Together we can help stop this.
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Can You Honestly Tell Me that MOSQUITOS aren’t Dicks. MD- Peace Out!
Hammer Records Review
How Big Is Your Dick?
If you answered extra large, then you're probably lying - but if you're talking about Mosquito Dick, you'd be right! We had the pleasure of checking out Mosquito Dick at Joe's Apartment this month and they had a fantastic, large, modern rock sound. They wore their musical influences on their sleeves as they rocked the stage. I could hear a little James Hetfield (Metallica) in the lead vocalist's voice, some Eddie Van Halen guitar licks, mixed with Kirk Hammett solo riffs, along with with a very Alice In Chains backing vocal which sets this band apart from other bands around Vancouver. Throw in some thick hard riffing bass, some tight drums and you have yourself a band!
They had great stage moves as they performed their tunes. Really utilizing the stage is crucial when getting the crowd engaged into your music. By the amount of people headbobing near the end of their set, I would say it was a a success. They had some very impressive guitar and bass runs. The drums sounded great and were played well, but something about them seemed a touch lacklustre. There just wasn't as much ferocity coming from them as I would've liked to see coming a performance perspective.
We always love seeing something that sets a band apart. Seeing the lead guitarist perform the classic Van Halen Eruption guitar solo note for note did it for us. It's a hard piece of music to pull off in the first place, but really owning it and making it seem like your own is even harder! It was a brilliant little stage move that really had the crowd's jaws dropping!
It was a great set over all and we hope to see them perform more around the scene!
Check them out!!
"MD is one of the best hard rock bands that I've heard in a while".
Texassippi Soul Man - Danny Brooks
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