The Minks Unleashed: A Band with Good Roots and Great Potential Thoughts+Photos: The Minks on New Nashville Riverboat Roadshow on Lady Bird Lake during SXSW 3/15/23
“…Back upstairs, The Minks spun the ship around with a punk assault on the placid waters of Lady Bird Lake. I am a dead sucker for a punk band with woman lead singer so I was all about it. Especially when it’s just melodious enough to keep it all from falling into the depths of unhinged rage. I mean, I love for a hard punk band to punch me in the mouth but sometimes I just wanna have … fun. The Minks do that. And maybe punk isn’t the right word. Grunge? Psychedelic? I don’t know. It all works. And punk is a state of mind as much as it is a sound. So many artists forget to have fun or, even worse, they actively shun it. But damn. If you wanna go to a live show and thrash around and sweat and smile … this, right here.
Much to my earhole pleasure, singer Nikki Barber unleashed near the end of the set. And her voice is good. As are the best. Which leads me to believe good things are in store for The Minks. Because you can’t hide behind the grunge. Not forever. See Gwen. Punk root bona fides are unimpeachable but she separated from the pack and eventually evolved. Because she could. Had the quality of voice. Had the skills to stretch beyond the pigeonhole of a single musical style. But right now? The Minks? Timeless. Could imagine an east village throng of Gen Xers circa late 80s digging this as much as any current day Green Point z/illennials. (NB: for those too young to recall, the east village used to be a legit bohemia before NYC devolved into a star trekkian borg of gentrified doucheholery, which I still love… but also hate… but mostly still love. Okay, I’ll save the get off my aging hipster lawn stories for another post). Parting thoughts on The Minks: good now, with great potential for growth. I’m bullish. Keep yer eye on em…”