“Thank you, we’re PINS from Manchester.”
The (now) five member women rock band, PINS, then laid into a series of post-punk flavored songs from their first album, “Lost Lost Lost” and “Get With Me”.
Styled with blue hair (Anna Donigan on bass), black boots, skirts, glitter and eye decals (especially prominent on Faith Holgate, lead singer), they took the medium-sized crowd at DC9 on an entertaining 14-song journey through their first two albums.
PINS released their second full length album, Wild Nights, in early June 2015. It was co-produced by Dave Catching from Eagles of Death Metal. Their first album, Girls Like Us, was released in 2013.
As they performed the catchy, “Young Girls”, the second single from the new album, by the time they opined, “What will we do when our dreams come true?”, the crowd had largely transformed from standing to dancing.
“Molly”, their third single from Wild Nights, was among my favorite songs they performed. Listening to the first single, “Too Little Too Late”, you could dismiss them as too laid back. But that assumption disappears with “Molly” and the line “you are the perfect storm, you are where I belong”. If this is where they belong, let’s get more of it.
Their overall sound is pop with heavy guitars and drums, which they have described as ‘dark pop’. The post-punk label might reflect their early work, but not really the new album.
Comparing the PINS to other all-female bands, if you like the Dum Dum Girls, they should certainly be on your radar. They also recently opened for Sleater-Kinney during the UK leg of their tour.
Their show marked their first ever appearance in DC. Hopefully, it will not be the last.
Pick up Wild Nights and have a listen. With Molly.