One of the most talked-about young bands in Nashville is headed to Askew in Providence Thursday, October 21. Led by guitarist/vocalist Nikki Barber, The Minks formed in 2015 around the idea that “if you don’t create, you’ll combust.”

They’ve since done a really fine job of creating. Influenced by legends as diverse as Patti Smith, Hank Williams, Lou Reed and The Sonics, the band blends traditional sounds with modern vibes. Self-labelled a “psychedelic-bloos” band, you hear elements of garage rock, country, and roots into the mix – not quite outlaw country, but not straight-ahead rock and roll either. The result is a kick-ass mix that should appeal to a wide range of listeners.

“We like to play no-fuss rock and roll that gets a little gritty and always has a lot of passion. We play from our hearts, every single show,” explained Barber in an e-mail interview.

She’s glad to be out on the road again, where enthusiasm for the band is growing. “Each show is its own bag,” noted Barber. “Every city has responded differently, but all in all, we see joy in all of the crowds. It’s not lost on us, or anyone in the audience, that we have missed live music and how healing it can be to finally witness it again. We’ve missed the energy exchange so much!”

In addition to Barber, the band includes bassist Justin Pellecchia and drummer Dylan Sevey, a South Kingston native who made the move to Nashville a few years ago. The Providence show will be a homecoming of sorts for the busy drummer, who plays in several touring bands.

Expect a great evening of music at Askew Thursday with locals Ravi Shavi and Beauquet opening. For more information and tickets to the show, click here. For more on The Minks, click here.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.