Mink don't seem to have bothered to acquire their own sound as yet.
Jennifer Nelson 2008-07-31
If you're looking for safe, formulaic pop rock, Mink are your new favourite band. Their self-titled debut album defines them as the earnest offspring of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jet.
Mink are vocalist Neal Carson, drummer Stella Mozgawa, Nick Maybury on lead guitar and Grant Fitzpatrick on bass. Carson, who resembles Jim Morrison and – get this, reality TV fact fans! – was a contestant in Rock Star: INXS, hails from New York, but the rest are from Australia and the resulting sound is one of sunny surf-rock, tinged with MTV-lite guitar sounds.
Mink have garnered a strong fanbase in Australia and in the States, having supported the likes of Perry Farrell and Angels And Airwaves, but they do not seem to have cracked the UK market yet. The simple yet strong opener, Get It Right, sounds like Queen Of The Stone Age's Go With The Flow, complemented by Carson's rousing, scratchy vocals, and on first listening to the album it's tempting to play the 'who do they sound like' game, because while Mink deliver stomping anthems in the making, the tracks just sound too familiar. Single Talk To Me is so similar to Jet's Are You Gonna Be My Girl that when you listen to one you can't hum the tune of the other.
It's hard not to litter this review with comparisons to other bands because Mink don't seem to have bothered to acquire their own sound as yet. You could argue that there's nothing wrong with this as it's all been done before anyway, so if you're not looking to be particularly challenged the album is an enjoyable listen, in particular Pressure Pressure, New York Summer and Madame Chung which are crafted romps of catchiness.