It’s not just the fact that Minorcan’s latest album, Dead Man, was released on cassette that gives the band instant punk credibility. The musicians throw down plenty of precoffee vocals and the occasional messy scream to accompany Ryan Anderson’s scuffed-up guitar tones. With his brother Justin on drums and longtime family friend Joey Terry on bass, Ryan also writes for the trio. The 12 new songs, he says, “are about grieving, but we’re having fun with the pain.” Lyrics also convey a fierce loyalty to Asheville, which the frontman poetically refers to as “the city where we have chosen to stay, where we will create art, raise our kids and fall in [and] out of love.” Minorcan and Downtown Boys open for Sheer Mag at The Mothlight on Monday, March 7, at 9 p.m. $10. themothlight.com. Image by Ben Whiles
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