The project of Shaun Kilfoyle, Minks' moody take on indie pop initially drew comparisons to the Cure, New Order, and My Bloody Valentine. Little was known about the group until the April 2010 release of their first single, "Funeral Song". That summer, the band returned with second single "Ophelia", revealing a softer side to Minks' music. Live shows with Veronica Falls and labelmates Cosmetics and Blank Dogs increased buzz around the band, culminating with the release of Minks' debut album, By the Hedge, in January 2011. With their debut, MINKS showcased the ability to make listeners feel an eternal autumn. Kilfoyle's ability to capture the raincoat grey Boston mornings of his youth make you feel like you are listening to a dream, only you're awake and standing in the pouring rain. Put on your raincoat and enjoy the splendor.
"Tides End" is the second MINKS album, but you could say it’s a world away from the first. Moving out of New York City to try and cure a bout of writer's block, frontman/songwriter Sonny Kilfoyle wound up in the East End of Long Island. Surrounded by water on three sides, it's the same place that drew Warhol, Pollock, de Kooning, Steinbeck and more to escape the constant barrage of information of the urban landscape. The result is not just a romantic trip into isolation, but a melodic and warm experience to immerse yourself in. It's a pop record, with all the hooks and harmonies you'd expect from that, delivered with experience, depth and hope.