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Field Notes: PINS

Monday 01 June 2015
Words Ailis Mara

PINS have emerged from Manchester peddling a mash of sounds and influences from psyche to garage rock to punx. We caught up with the band at their Lexington gig, just a couple of weeks before they depart for a lengthy US tour…




“when we started in 2012 there was a lot going on in the local scene, so there was a lot of places to play and a lot of promoters, so you could easily get a show” guitarist and vocalist Lois reflects back on what it was like coming from the iconic northern city. PINS are one of many bands capitalising on the luxury’s of the 21st century by cherry picking influences from both their immediate surroundings and the ever more vivid realm of the internet.

“we played in  Europe and it was quite a long drive. we drove 12 hours to Hasselt in Belgium and it was just awful really. there was about 12 people there. However they did give us a rather large rider, so we drowned our sorrows”.


Asked how they felt being defined by their gender and how it affected the early stages of the band, Lois recalls; “especially in the beginning it felt like we had to prove ourselves, more so than all male bands would have to. It was sort of like ‘oh they’re girls they won’t be able to play’ or ‘they won’t be able to write songs, they’re all style over substance”- another depressing reality realised as a stylistically bold and wholly talented band reveal the not-so-subtle hurdles still facing women in the music industry.


“But now, we don’t really get that; we know we’re good musicians and we can write good songs”; PINS are one of many bands dismantling the dusty mold of rock music through slick songwriting and refreshing directions. They go on to smash down the walls of The Lexington, nearly breaking the sound-barrier as they depart our rainy shores of the US.


Latest single ‘Molly’ is cut from the forthcoming album Wild Nights, the track is a suitable introduction to a band who’s sound was formed in the musically-potent surroundings of Manchester and patched up with phased-out Californian surf rock. Stream the video and check out their upcoming dates below.




JUNE 2015

Monday 8th – Rough Trade In Store – London

Saturday 13th – Northside Festival – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY

Monday 15th – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday 16th – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

Thursday 18th – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

Friday 19th – SoDo Lounge – Seattle, WA

Monday 22nd – Kilby Court – Salk Lake City, UT

Tuesday 23rd – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO

Thursday 25th – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN

Friday 26th – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL

Saturday 27th – The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI

Monday 29th – DC9 – Washington DC

Tuesday 30th – Great Scott – Boston, MA