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’.