On High Kicks, this Halifax four-piece unleashes a brash assault of bluesy garage rock. Elements of surf and rockabilly also surface on this seven-song EP that's cleverly disguised as a full-length offering, thanks to the addition of a handful of micro-songs that each clock in at under a minute.
A Stooges-worthy buzz-saw guitar line keeps Reflexes catchy, while opener Bring It benefits from vocals that start in a deep soulful register but quickly hit Le Tigre heights in both pitch and punch. Considering that the production on High Kicks often sounds like a live recording, the Stolen Minks are probably better on stage.
The Stolen Minks play Sneaky Dee's tonight (Thursday, September 11).