In an industry driven by hyperbole and supposedly non-conformist conformity, Pins have always played a smarter, stealthier game. Formed in 2011 when vocalist and guitarist Faith Holgate concluded that she wanted to be part of an all-female band rather than put up with the invariably patronising, sexist nonsense that comes with being the ‘token woman’ in an otherwise band, the Manchester quartet have managed the rare feat of driving their work forward according to no other agenda than their own.
Their first two albums, 2013’s Girls Like Us and 2015’s Wild Nights, laid out the Pins agenda accordingly: whip-smart noise pop with a taste for lugubrious drone and textural cunning, like The Jesus & Mary Chain covering Mazzy Star. Their new EP Bad Things tightens up the formula further still, with Iggy Pop himself even turning up to add his wizened larynx to lead single Aggrophobe.
Promoting the EP with a full UK tour, Pins come to Cluny 2 on Monday 17th April with a support bill that’s a who’s-who of exciting new talent, including London new wavers Yassassin and Danish rockers Baby In Vain. For anyone looking to end their Easter weekend with some gleeful fuzz, then look no further.