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Reviewed on 23rd November 2016.



Live at The Wardrobe on Thursday, 17th November 2016

Subtlety isn't really a part of PINS' vocabulary.

"We don't do what we should," taunts Faith Holgate on 'Everyone Says' as guitars churn menacingly.

A short time later she warns, "don't call me trouble," as Anna Donigan's bass thrums gothically.

It's a lyrical transparency that's equaled by the Manchester quintet's musical arrangements as they road test new material for their third album. These are tracks that take Joan Jett as their year zero, work their way through Gang Of Four and Joy Division (who they cover on 'Dead Souls'), and end with early Hole.

This brings an immediate, infectious energy to a set that divides attention between fun and empowerment.

Holgate's instruction for women to come closer to the stage, for instance, recalls the confidence raising found in Riot Grrrl, even if it is largely ignored. The movement is also clearly an influence on the anthemic, unifying chorus of 'Girls Like Us', which celebrates female independence.

More than anything, however, this is feminism by example. Set closer 'Dazed By You', which imperceptibly gathers speed towards a ridiculously exciting crescendo of clattering drums, is enough to make everyone in the audience, irrespective of gender, wish they could be a member of PINS for just one day.



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