The Minks

The Minks

Reese McHenry, Shelles

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00

The Minks
The Minks
THE MINKS ARE A BLUESY, PSYCHEDELIC EXPLOSION FROM NASHVILLE, TN.
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". The rest of the cast is revolving with talented members of the local music scene. Just like a rock and roll circus, you never know what you're going to get. Inspired by the old days - Warhol's Factory, Townshend's windmills, Dylan's poetic phrases - the band tries to blend a sliver of those remarkable times into today's world. They aren't afraid to sit back in the groove and let the musical magic take over your mind. They've been called a southern Velvet Underground, with gritty, no-nonsense riffs and twangy melodies.
Reese McHenry
Reese McHenry
Reese McHenry grew up in Northern Minnesota. Nomadic by nature, she moved to different cities before settling in Durham, NC in 2000. In 2005 she started the seminal garage rock blues band The Dirty Little Heaters, beginning as a duo with Melissa Thomas, and in 2007, changing to a trio with Rob Walsh (Spinns) and Dave Perry (Jett Rink). The Dirty Little Heaters went on hiatus in 2011 citing Reese’s health problems and the departure of drummer Perry.

Reese can sing. In addition to being able to project her voice and sing on key, she can cut through the frequency of a heavy band with her crunchy and controlled scream. She has an emotive blues voice that changes from aggressive, powerful to soft and sweet. She often gets compared to Janis Joplin, but I find this to be a lazy as the comparison is less true in terms of sound and more so in terms of abandon.

Very prolific, Reese has written well over 300 songs, most waiting in the wings to be recorded. In her new duo, Reese McHenry and The Fox, her songwriting is short, punchy, and full on rock and roll. She can sing the most aggressive gut punch of a song, and also a quiet, aching country song, although not at the same show. Her songs are vastly different, although one could still categorize them under the term “rock” the real thread connecting them is her brand of wry humor mixed with her ability to catch a hook in a song and place it at just the right spot. The aggressive songs written for the duo could not transfer well to an acoustic set, and vice versa. So she does both solo and band sets.

Sidetracked by a near fatal stroke and Pulmonary Edema brought on by Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB), Reese spent 2009 - 2015 in and out of the hospital, at times so sick she could not walk 100 feet without resting. The decision to sever the faulty part of her heart and install a pacemaker, along with full gastric bypass has put her back on track to full time rock and roll.

Her new duo is not to be missed. Drummer Stephen Gardner, a Watertown, New York native living in Raleigh, NC, is a fantastic multi-instrumentalist who rounds Reese’s songs out perfectly. His busy, heavy kick drum mimics a bass guitar, holding the low end down with Reese’s power chords, opening up space for Reese’s wail and catchy songs to shine through. The two of them onstage are obviously having a wonderful time, laughing and poking fun at each other. They take themselves seriously where it matters, in the songs.
Shelles
Shelles
Shelles started from the bare bones recordings of songwriter Stuart Edwards. Edwards, who formerly wrote songs with the outfit Old Bricks takes his understated, heady, and sometimes grave content, and adds a full band including Justin Blatt (viola, Shit Horse), Chris Girard (bass, formerly of Spider Bags), John Jaquiss (drums, Jphono1), and Reid Johnson (guitar, Schooner). The 5 piece advances Edwards compositions into a larger, sweeping Southern Gothic affair, with rhythms and tonal nuances interacting underneath the witty, hauntingly melodic, sometimes eviscerating verse of Edwards. The introspective intimacy of Edwards old work still resounds throughout the cacophony.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
http://www.local506.com/