In a sentence:
Heavier and more robust than previous releases, PINS’ third album ‘Hot Slick’ nevertheless retains the playfulness that made them so enjoyable when they emerged.
Manchester-based indie band PINS are back with their third full-length album Hot Slick, a follow up to the warmly received Wild Nights from 2015, and 2017’s EP Bad Things that featured a fantastic collaboration with the legendary Iggy Pop. Five years and a significant personnel change on from their last album (only lead singer Faith Vern and Lois MacDonald remain from the original iteration) they return with a record which sounds effortless but somewhat familiar.
Hot Slick sounds like an extension of the band’s
already established sound – airy, indie vocals combined with a heavier, more robust
instrumentation which create an enigmatic and entraining sound that we’re
already familiar with. On this occasion, PINS don’t hesitate to add some more
melodic lines to the mixture, resulting in tracks which possess both character
and playfulness within them.
is a perfect example of that, a song which is compelled by its driving beat, as
well as it’s playful lyrics: “Yes I will be out all night / I whip my
ponytail from side to side”. At the same time, PINS become serious quite
easily, such as on ‘After Hours’
when they sing: “I’m just a woman in the world […] Doesn’t matter where,
doesn’t matter how, do something and do it now […] it’s a man’s world and it
It’s worth adding that PINS are also not the most talkative
band, using scarce yet straight-to-the-point lyrics on Hot Slick,
rather than engaging themselves in dramatic conversations. They are firm with
their words and dedicated to their post-punk outfit, which has been suiting
them so well in the past, especially when they decided to experiment with their
sound and add some new ideas to it, such as on the Bad Things EP. Therefore,
the only thing that is really missing from PINS’ new record is the extension of
that experimental intention that was so promising a few years ago, and could
have made this album more interesting sonically and keeping the listened
intrigued for a little bit longer. (6/10) (Alicja Rutkowska)
Listen to Hot Slick by PINS here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
Tags: Alicja Rutkowska, Faith Vern, Haus Of Pins, Hot Slick, Kyoko Swan, Lois MacDonald, PINS
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