DANA ALBERTS: Nick of Time: 7” EP

Like many of the young skate rats of the early ’80s, I learned about the wider world of punk rock through Thrasher magazine. Their Skate Rock series of compilations were a road map for me to follow and follow it I did. Minus One was a band that stood out on Skate Rock Vol. 1 as a more melodic, “new wavey” kind of band that stood out among the mostly hardcore sounds of bands like Drunk Injuns, Los Olvidados, and Riot .303. Their tunes were catchy, and I was there for it. Dana Alberts is the singer/guitarist of Minus One and this record is his solo take on the four Minus One songs that appear on Skate Rock Vol. 1. While I absolutely prefer the originals, these songs do lend themselves to an acoustic presentation nicely. Hearing them again begs the question of how did Minus One completely fly under the radar for most people? “Criminally underrated” is a phrase that probably gets thrown around too much, but in the case of Minus One, it fits perfectly. Until Thrasher’s Skate Rock Vol 1. gets the vinyl release that it so deeply deserves, this is an interesting way to revisit some classics. –Ty Stranglehold (Not Like You, notlikeyourecords.com)