A series of even shorter reviews (Feat. Minks, Spectrals, Beach Fossils)

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Minks – Funeral Song 7”

If the above ”bucket of gel in a wind tunnel” hair do wasn’t indication enough, New Yoik’s Minks are Cure obsessives. Thankfully the admiration extends past dodgy quiffage, with ‘Funeral Song’ drawing strongly from the wistful summertime jangle pop of Robert Smith and his ever changing cast of middle aged transvestites, (that is they draw from The Cure in there prime, not the nightmarish Jo Brand aping bunch of misfits of today….). As expected the song sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a long summers day, mixing the jangly ringing guitars, whiny synthesisers and loose drawl that made there musical forefathers so influential, resulting in a catchy, authentic snapshot of indie’s past, unrestricted from the often jackhammered strive to sound overbearingly lo-fi.

For fans of:

The Cure

The Smiths

Los Campesinos


Spectrals – S/T”

If you were to take a hipster pensioners stash of old garage rockabilly records and play them on a dodgy record player, you’d probably get a sound that was something close to West Yorkshire’s own Spectrals. Offering up a fresh take on the relatively young, yet already saturated garage rock revival scene, the 4 pieces spooky reverberations are best illustrated on this self titled 7 inch. Clattering Ronettes drums, distant off kilter guitars and monotone vocals come together to create a sound that encapsulates both the lovelorn and heartbreak . ”Leave Me Be” is a memorable 2:10 of melted hooks and sunken vocals, somehow managing to be repetitive and fresh at the same time. ”Suit Yourself” however almost falls into the same trap of fellow ”lo-fi” girl group, Dum Dum Girls, by sounding a little too samey, with only a few token middle 8’s setting it apart.

For fans of:

Black Lips

The Addams family


Beach Fossils – Daydream

Beach Fossils sound exists within the same dream like nostalgic state that Australia’s (answer to Teenage Fanclub), Youth Group do, meaning one listen to Daydream will have you reminiscing/longing for long summer holidays with friends doing nothing more important that drinking and having a good time. The noodly riff orientated guitars, along with the vocals are wrapped in rich reverb, only furthering the nostalgic ”memory lane” feel, without feeling forced. So the drums are possibly synthesised, and pretty sloppy, it ultimately just adds to the charm, something which these Brooklynites aren’t short of.

For fans of:

Youth Group


Joe Thresh