Friday, December 8, 2017
Sea Pinks - Minimum Wage-BBC Sessions (& Others)
So far in our end of the week flurry of new music posts we have traveled westward from Norway to Scotland. We now cross the Irish Sea to Belfast to laud the most recent offering from WYMA favorites Sea Pinks. Whether you are looking for an introduction to the band, or are a Sea Pinks fan excited about the prospect of a band-curated set of songs from their catalog, you need to check out Minimum Wage-BBC Sessions (& Others). The songs represent the band's output since their 2011 debut, tracing their slight evolution from scrappy jangle pop to a still jangling Creation Records-meets-California-guitar-pop vibe. The recordings capture the songs live, so there is an appealing rawness and immediacy that gives new life to even the songs familiar to the listener. The set has character to the extent that studio albums often don't. It isn't that one approach is good and the other band, they are just different. Thus, even if you have the studio version of some of these songs -- and you are unlikely to have them all -- this is an essential compilation for fans.
Sea Pinks are Neil Brogan (guitar/vocals), Steven Henry (bass/backing vocals), and Davey Agnew (drums/backing vocals). For now Minimum Wage-BBC Sessions (& Others) is a digital release only, although a vinyl addition might be available in the future. You can find it on all the usual digital platforms, but we recommend the band's own Bandcamp link.