A Manchester five-piece who go by the name of The Minx have just appeared on my radar. Upbeat, retro sounding rock is always a favourite of mine come summer so they’ve turned up just at the right time! Now, just because they’re from the North West, don’t assume that they’re gonna churn out some dreary indie or Brit pop like so many Mancunians before them. This is an out and out punk outfit who have been selling out local venues for a while.
Gaining a fan in BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq who played their latest single Forest Bank and likened them to both Buzzcocks and The Undertones. Forest Bank has a lot of 70s influence running through it with some awesome keyboard lines and a happy-go-lucky attitude. There is also piles of Northern charm embedded in the nasal vocals, which places them firmly on the map. Singer Chris Haddon says of the band:
“We’re just five best mates from Wythenshawe interested in all cultures and everyday life – we all love Punk, Reggae, Soul, New Wave, and Pop, and it all comes out in the music we make. It’s Frank Sinatra meets Joe Strummer with a good backbeat!”
Their new EP Hey! Warden is released on July 22nd via Queen Street Records. Forest Bank is the lead single from it, the video of which is below. Be prepared to enjoy some classic British punk that doesn’t fit the rules but simply has fun!