Saturday, August 29, 2009

Introducing...The Pinx

For those of you that can't get enough of classic rock or its many present-day variations, The Pinx are prepared to be your new favorite band. Adam McIntyre (vocals/guitar), Joe Giddings (vocals/bass) and Jim O'Kane (drums) play meat 'n' potatoes rock 'n' roll with just the basics - making raw, elemental music that's a nice breath of fresh air amid the torrent of indie music I'm generally surrounding myself with. The band's new album, Look What You Made Me Do, has earned them some accolades around the 'net and a spot on tour with Ben Harper, and the record has made quite an impression on me as well. Though best known for their explosive, violent performances, The Pinx manage to capture enough of that energy here on their debut to make it an enjoyably intense helping of soulful, blues-tinged garage rock just begging to be played loud and often during these last weeks of summer.

The Atlanta-based trio prefer to keep things simple, relying on their obvious instrumental talent, rough tenor vocals and raw production values rather than guest musicians and studio trickery. Cuts like the psychedelically-inclined "The Desert" and the scuzzy "That Is Free" sound live, fresh, and appropriately sparse as Giddings and O'Kane pound away under McIntyre's stellar guitar riffs and electrifying solos. In fact, though the vocals and lyrics are decent most of the time, the group sound best when they stick primarily to the music, especially on the record's mind-blowing instrumental track, "The Owl." Other highlights include "Impatience," which is all grit and fire, and "Am I Your Lover?," with it's sexy, falsetto-laden chorus. As a whole, Look What You Made Me Do shows a young band that still has some growing to do, but one that also has the instrumental chops and hard-working DIY attitude to accomplish bigger and better things. Don't be surprised if you hear much more about and from them in the future.

Download a tune below from the record and head over to the band's MySpace page for some of their best work.

Impatience (MP3)