“Noise, power and melody; you can hear the ambition of a band on the brink of a major breakthrough” Q
“Terrific songwriting – a confident step forward” The Observer
“The welcome return of PINS” John Kennedy, Radio X
“The confident sound of a band exploring and developing” The Quietus
“Really fantastic. Love PINS” Lauren Laverne, 6Music
Manchester all-female five-piece PINS have announced a new EP ‘Bad Thing’, which will be released on 24th March through Haus Of Pins and features ‘Aggrophobe’, their forthcoming single with the legendary Iggy Pop.
Following the release of their acclaimed second album ‘Wild Nights’ last year, PINS went back into the studio to work on new tracks. Recorded in a studio on the Scottish Borders last October and produced by Mark Vernon and the band themselves, the EP will feature 5 new tracks, which include a cover of Joy Division’s ‘Dead Souls’. It will be released as a download along with 500 limited edition 12” on Cadillac pink vinyl, which are available to pre-order from Haus of Pins. PINS say;
“We took all the gear we could possibly find, and locked ourselves away in the Scottish wilderness for a fortnight – expecting to do some demos, and coming away with an EP that we really loved. It was an immersive experience – there was no civilisation for miles around so we were free to make noise and experiment.”
“We had talked about doing a Joy Division cover – I think it was Faith who suggested ‘Dead Souls’. Because we were in a rickety cottage and not a studio there was no isolation – so when people were recording parts everyone else had to be super quiet.”
The EP opens with the teasing ‘Bad Thing’ before moving into the addictive ‘Aggrophobe’, featuring Iggy Pop’s iconic vocal, leading onto the chant-like pop of ‘All Hail’ and the dreamy and synth-laden ‘In Nightmares’, before ending with PINS’ own take on ‘Dead Souls’. The four new tracks are synonymous with PINS’ sound but also showcase a vigorous, more mature side to the band, making up a solid and impressive musical body of work. A teaser for the EP can be watched here EP Teaser.
The full tracklisting is as follows:
1. Bad Thing
3. All Hail
4. In Nightmares
5. Dead Souls
New single ‘Aggrophobe’, which has already had support from 6 Music and Radio X, is being released as a limited edition 7” yellow vinyl, numbered and signed by the band, with a B-side remix by fellow Mancunians Bernard & Edith. This has now sold out but the track will be available to stream and download on 31st January. A teaser for the track can be watched here – Aggrophobe Teaser.
The last two years have seen packed out touring schedules for the band, supporting the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Drenge, The Subways, Best Coast and most recently Honeyblood, as well as perform their own headline gigs and shows at festivals including SXSW and Secret Garden Party. PINS recently announced a UK & European tour in March & April, which will commence in Berlin on 31st March and culminate in a hometown show in Manchester on Saturday 22nd April. Full tour dates are as follows:
Fri 31st Berlin Indie Kollektiv Karrera Klub @ Lido
Sat 1st Hamburg Motobooty Live @ Molotow
Mon 10th Cardiff The Moon Club
Tues 11th Brighton Rialto
Wed 12th Oxford The Bullingdon
Thurs 13th Norwich Arts Centre
Fri 14th Glasgow Broadcast
Sat 15th Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Sun 16th Dundee Beat Generator Live
Mon 17th Newcastle Cluny 2
Tues 18th Leeds Headrow House
Wed 19th London Moth Club
Thurs 20th Bedford Esquires
Fri 21st Leicester The Cookie
Sat 22nd Manchester White Hotel
PINS are Faith Vern (vocals/guitar), Anna Donigan (bass), Lois Macdonald (guitar), Sophie Galpin (drums) and Kyoko Swan (keys, guitar).