The Minks are Nashville’s “psychedelic-bloos” band, heavy on the rock and roll. We’re talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of groove. In 2015, on a search for creative community, Nikki Barber started the band based on the idea that "if you don't create, you'll combust". Just like a rock and roll circus, you never know what you're going to get, but you know it’ll be good. The band’s palpable sound has roots in every music fan’s top ten—from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank - but blends them into something totally original and current. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it’s as much a throwback as it is an answer to the often overlooked underbelly of Nashville’s rock and roll scene. Look for them, on tour forever, spreading the gospel of letting your hair down and having a good time. The Minks are here. Let's boogie.
Shantih Shantih is a four-piece band founded in Atlanta, GA. Combining rock ‘n roll with dreamy harmonies over twanging guitars, the group consists of Italian native Anna Barattin on vocals and rhythm guitar, Julia Furgiuele on vocals and drums, Anna Kramer on lead guitar, and Nikki Speake on bass. Their new album, “Someone, Anyone?!”, is released September 27th on Wild Honey Records. The band's first 7" was released via the Italian label 'shit music for shit people', with a second single featuring on Adult Swim’s annual compilation. Their first full length, Winter in September, came out through Dusty Medical Records (USA) and Wild Honey Records (Europe). They have toured the US and Europe multiple times, as well as appearing at various festivals; the Atlanta Mess Around, Winterland, Intensified, Humanist, SK Festival, and headlined the Indie Grits Festival in Columbia, SC. If you dig girl groups, dream pop, doo woop you can’t miss Shantih Shantih!
At its core, Wieuca is a fusion act. Having dabbled in aesthetics ranging from garage punk to triphop to folk, the group has always managed to bridge stylistic variations with a continuity in confessional lyrics, homespun recordings, and psychedelic sensory-overload. With a colorful visual identity to match, Wieuca’s focus has remained pointing out the beauty in the hideous and vice versa since its 2012 inception in Athens, GA. “Human Shield” highlights this seamless, if unexpected, fusion of sounds by enlisting Brooklyn rapper JAVAE to bring the vibe into a new hemisphere. There’s no reason why indie bands and rappers shouldn’t combine forces, but at least for now, this cut stands out as one of the very few examples.