Debut record from yet another killer band from Barcelona. Minima features musicians from No, Una Bestia Incontrolable, and Barcelona, and while all of those bands have a loose and noisy sound, Minima has a precise, lock-step playing style. That style, combined with the 1-2 drumbeats, clean bass sound, and simple riffing, gives this LP a UK82 vibe in places, but I'm sure that’s a coincidence rather than Minima trying to ape a particular style. Minima sounds to me like the opposite of record collector punk bands that try to recreate a particular sound or era. Their songs are all hard and fast, but they’re different from one another. This isn’t d-beat or UK82 or mangel or USHC… it’s just PUNK. And while it has all of the explosive energy of, say, the Obsessio record that everyone is raving about at the moment, it doesn’t feel as boxed in stylistically. In that way, this record reminds me of buying my first Exploited record as a teenager, feeling like it (and I) was the punkest thing in the world while simultaneously having only a loose grasp of what I considered punk to be. If you’re looking for pure UK82 revival this won’t be on the nose enough for you, but if you’re after something more immediate and organic, this is a real sleeper hit. New! Distro copy!