The Louisiana & Rise Records Instore
7the October 2013
One of the jewels of the current Manchester music scene, PINS, came to Bristol on Monday to play a couple of shows, one at Rise Records & another at The Louis. Louder Than War caught both.
PINS are limbering up for their performance at Rise Records among the teahead vinyl junkies and the bookish caffeine addicts of Bristol’s finest independent record shop. ‘Instragram’ing pictures of the third date of a three week UK tour that ends with them playing with Warpaint. This promo lunchtime gig is a great way to see a band stripped down and slightly out of their element. Armed with just a tom & snare drum kit, tambourine, two guitars and four voices they perform a short set that has even the muffin munchers at the back peering over to catch a glimpse. They give a great, even if rather subdued performance. Exuding the style of determination, these girls have the power of PINS.
The legendary Louisiana is one of Bristol’s great venues. Think of a massive band and chances are they played there on their way up. The posters on the walls prove it. It’s also blessed with a great in house sound engineer, whose job it is to make these young bands sound fabulous. The opening acts tonight sound big and in your face. Bristol’s very own post-punk outfit, These Colours, open playing 80s drenched good time songs, kind of like The Kaiser Chiefs but with The Cure’s guitar sound. Well worth checking out! Next up are London’s Abjects who get all garage rock on our asses, fuzzing out and kicking riffs like it’s nobodies business. They have hints of Mudhoney about them and being an all women band that is way cool.
It is heaving with people upstairs at the Louisiana as PINS walk on stage looking the epitome of cool and brimming with charged-up anticipation. You can sense how much this means to them. Lara (Drums) and Anna on (Bass) are a mean rhythm section, tightly wound so the sea of guitars from Louis and Faith, who handles most of the vocals, but with consummate backing from all three other members. They rip through a set made up of tracks off their debut album, Girls Like Us and their earlier EP LuvU4Lyf, to an encouraging response from the audience. Many of the girls watching are visibly excited by this band and it is great to see such an empowered band playing to their strengths.
The songs, for me, are still to be the amazing songs they want them to be. Even with all the passion and intention in the world, they aren’t vital enough. Tracks such as, ‘I Want It All’ and ‘Get With Me’ are pretty juvenile in approach. The sound of the songs is there but they lack the poetic vitality of Savages or the darker themes of Warpaint. Some would say, “style over substance” but it is early days for this band. They are obviously finding their feet and this has been a busy year for them with lots of life experience to make the next batch of songs cut deeper, speak louder and give this band the needed relevance beyond the look that they obviously have down, something the track they played immediately after the statement “we’re going to play you a new song now” (trad) backed up noticeably. Keep an eye on them.
PINS have the following upcoming live dates:
- Saturday 12th October (Afternoon) – Pop Recs Ltd Instore, Sunderland
- Saturday 12th October (Evening) – Broadcast, Glasgow
- Tuesday 15th October – Leaf, Liverpool
- Wednesday 16th October – The Bull’s Head, Birmingham
- Thursday 17th October – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
- Thursday 24th October – La Peniche, Lille, France
- Friday 25th October – Point Ephemere, Paris, France
- Saturday 26th October – Le Sonic, Lyon, France
- Monday 28th October – Glasgow ABC (w/ Warpaint)
- Tuesday 29th October – Manchester Academy (w/ Warpaint)
- Wednesday 30th October – Brixton Academy (w/ Warpaint)
- Wednesday 4th December – The Pavillion, Cork
- Thursday 5th December – Bourkes, Limerick
- Friday 6th December – The Workmans, Dublin
- Saturday 7th December – Roisin Dubh, Galway
- Thursday 12th December – TBA
- Friday 13th December – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
- Saturday 14th December – TBA
All words by Philip Allen. More work by Philip can be found in his Louder Than War archive.