PAGAN with Crave Death, Blind Girls & Masochist. Crowbar, Brisbane Saturday 18 August, 2018 At 8pm on a Saturday …
Victorian ‘Ninch boys Minetta are culminating national attention for themselves with the release of their forthcoming EP, Separation & Growth. Initially written as a labour of love, the five-piece melodic punk, post-hardcore outfit have encapsulated it into something more after the success of their sold-out launch show.
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Opening with &, the EPs single is a confronting introduction that shoots riffs through the amplifiers which bounce off from Danny’s drum skins. With front-man Ricky McCandlish’s harsh vocals diving through the choruses breakdowns, the drop of Pete’s bass guitar riffs supports the intricacy between Tobes and Lev’s guitars. Drawn on from Ricky’s own personal experiences, the heartfelt lyrics of & explore the stagnant growth of people who we once looked up to, who now instead look to us for direction, and how the vice’s that some people despise can become the ones they eventually succumb to.
Pounding through the songs melody, the choruses reach new heights with the drawn-out screams and sharp guitar licks that ring through until the exiting notes.
Separation takes us through a mixed bag of emotions and angst as McCandlish bellows the lyrics, “Well, I’m calling in sick all this week,” into the increasing speed of the opening guitar notes. Pounding through the songs melody, the choruses reach new heights with the drawn-out screams and sharp guitar licks that ring through until the exiting notes.
Closing their teaser of an EP with Growth, the rhythm of the song follows on from a slower opening into the charging collision of strong instrumentation and echoed screams. Through the gallivanting choruses and into a sharp finish, McCandlish’s vocals leak into the final beating of the albums closer.
Produced by Sam Toebelman, the band stayed true to their raw and honest sound while they recorded the EP in the south-eastern suburban space of DeBasement Studios. Available for live streaming on SoundCloud, the EP will hit stores on Tuesday 14 August.
STANDOUT TRACKS: All 3 of them
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Balance & Composure, Touche Amore, Defeater