Friday, March 3, 2023 – Nashville based psych-rock explosions The Minks have released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Creatures of Culture on March 3, 2023. The group’s boldest work to date, the smoldering, ten-track collection highlights The Minks’ distinct talent for storylines, esoteric humor, and undeniable rock n’roll grit – listen to the full album stream here.
On the heels of their 2019 debut album, Light and Sweet, The Minks deliver a poignant effort that swells with punchy, 90s-inspired grunge hits, nostalgic ballads, and fierce statements about love and the collective human experience. Glide Magazine has lauded the group “one of [Music City’s] best kept secrets,” while WRLT Lightning 100 in Nashville dubs The Minks “a sonically brilliant rock band.”
Hailing from the eccentric community of East Nashville, The Minks boast an impenetrable creative chemistry that continues to ripen with time. On their latest opus, the group comes together as a unified force, recording many of the songs live in a standing room together. The result is a cohesive collection that captures the spirit of The Minks through raw song craft, blazing production, and lead singer Nikki Barber‘s signature moody vocal work.
Standouts among the album include the sharp-witted title track “Creatures of Culture,” which addresses society’s addiction to technology, imploring listeners to “turn off your TV and find out who you really are.” “Motorbike” is a fast-paced headbanger about the first feelings of love, when everything feels possible and fun, while the waltzy “Sweet Treat” is a swirling rollercoaster ride about the reality of love and all its ups and downs. The dreamy arrangement on “Another Trip” sucks listeners into another dimension as sparkly piano notes and melodic harmonies combine to create a warm escape from the hustle and bustle of life. “Feelin’ Good” is a funky, self-empowered anthem about not letting anyone steal your shine. On “I’ve Gotta Fly,” Barber sings of taking flight from situations that no longer serve us.
Drawing the curtain on the collection is “Lavender,” which was written in response to the pandemic as a mantra for getting through tough times. “Lavender is a cure for anxiety, and a little dose on your head may just be able to do the trick, or at least get you on the right path. Same goes for music,” adds Barber.
Such is the lesson that makes up The Minks’ Creatures of Culture. Amidst challenging times, sometimes all you need is a little love, friendship, and music to help cure your soul.
Creatures of Culture by The Minks is available today on all Spotify, Apple Music, and all other digital streaming platforms. To learn more about Creatures of Culture, purchase vinyl or CDs, and to keep up-to-date with all things The Minks, visit the band’s website and follow along via the social media links below.
THE MINKS: CREATURES OF CULTURE
2. Creatures of Culture
4. Keep Warm
5. Sweet Treat
6. The Love I Have
7. Another Trip
8. Leo’s Rodeo
9. Take It Easy
10. Feelin’ Good
11. I’ve Gotta Fly
12. Whistle While You Work
THE MINKS ON TOUR
March 3/13-19 – Austin, TX – SXSW
April 19 – Chattanooga, TN – Cherry Street Tavern
April 20 –Greenville, NC – Radio Room
April 21 – Bluffton, GA – Earth Day Kick Off Concert
April 22 –Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor
April 29 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
April 30 – Lexington, KY – The Burl
May 12 – Macon, GA – Grant’s Lounge –
May 13 – Charleston, SC – The Royal American
May 14 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s
May 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Duke’s Indy
May 27 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
May 28 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
July 2 – Berwyn, IL – American Music Festival