In 2012 a set of relatively simple, retro-sounding recordings appeared on the internet. The identity of the performer was unknown, but the fact that the piece of work came shrouded with mystery just added to the fun. Eventually, the Brooklyn based performer masquerading as The Underground Man outed himself as singer-songwriter Greg Adams, a man who’d also recorded as part of Swimclub and (later) The Minors. His piece of low-budget moonlighting felt as if it should be a one off deal…but a year on, Adams resurrected his alter ego for this EP, ‘Landlines’, featuring another four demo recordings.
The Minors are a Brooklyn based duo comprising of sometime Swimclub member Greg Adams and his multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer nephew Tom Jebb. The idea of a homespun family duo brings back unpleasant memories of 2010’s oddball, misguided release by Quakers on Probation and while The Minors, too, could have used a little more of an outside influence from time to time, the core of their material actually shows promise. Their chosen sound – somewhere between a 60s power pop outfit and very light rock ‘n’ roll – is both user friendly and strangely familiar.