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THE BARE MINIMUM – ‘Sink to the Top’ Album Review


the-bare-minimumIf you’re in the mood to smash up your room or simply work out some anger, then the stunning album from Toronto’s The Bare Minimum is a must add to your collection. Sink To The Top is the band’s second album and it is an all out punk rock battering ram.

The band cite influences such as Propagandhi, Cocksparrer and The Bouncing Souls, and the album is a neat intersection of these bands.

Sink To The Top was recorded in basements and closets scattered across Toronto, and mastered at the Blasting Room. The first two tracks, Loaded Dice and Last Call show the hardcore, powerblast energy of the band and their ability to pen a more melodic punk rocker respectively. …and boy, are they powerful!!! On Garbage Lungs a churning, chunky riff propels the song along and the vocal treatment is more melodic. It is a very strong song indeed and the production values just add to the straight in your face music.

Pyrrhic Victory is what I imagine Black Flag would have sounded like if they had access to todays recording technology as its raw yet polished and angry as hell. The Bare Minimum channel all their aforementioned influences on Conspiracy, one of my favourite efforts of the twelve songs on this album.

The band up the pace on Comfortable Cages and then eek out just a bit more speed and power with the hardcore The Only Think You Can Keep. The brilliantly titled Please Sir, I Want Some More is more melodic but don’t let that fool you – these guys are the real deal and have recorded a truly powerful punk rock album. From the Motorhead riff of Tourist to Ruts DC style of Felt Like An Actor, The Bare Minimum serve up track after track of solid punk rock with some melody and hooks.

Closing the album with History Is Small, The Bare Minimum surprise with a ballad in Dropkick Murphys style replete with acoustic guitar and plaintive vocals and a singalong chorus. It’s a standout track and shows a band at the top of their game.

Super effort and you can get a hold of a copy of Sink To The Top here:-




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