It’s an impressive feat in and of itself, that within the first few seconds of a record, a band manages to encapsulate the energy and atmosphere of their long-awaited, debut album; this all coming in the form of a bellowing scream on blistering first track Second Coming. The much-anticipated release from Wollongong’s The Pinheads is as manic and spectrally beautiful as one would expect, pacing itself between relentless punk, haunting surf rock and throwback classic rock balladry.
Their sound seems to be very much a hybrid of punk and garage rock luminaries; artists such as The Buzzcocks, The Stooges, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and The Zombies come to mind. Thus while, injecting their own snarling, unhinged attitude. Recorded by the band themselves in their own DIY studio, using recording gear they’ve collated over the years, one thing that is glaringly apparent is the energy they’ve managed to let seep into the production. There is also undoubtedly a sense of intimacy and rawness, which showcases just how much of the band’s fingerprints were present during each stage of the recording process.
Highlights include the melodic surf number, Fight or Flight, with its vintage organ motifs and catchy sixties-esque guitar hooks. The punk ferocity of Wildfire and Tuff Luck. As well as the band’s ability to take a step back and slow it down at times with tracks such as Mudman and Spooky Ballad; boasting a backwoods, folk ballad demeanour.
The Pinheads is a great debut record, especially from a band looking to not only convey the sheer force of their live shows, but showcase a bit of their song writing versatility in the process.
Be sure to stream their single Wildfire below or listen / purchase the album, which is available in a range of formats here. The Pinheads is out now on Farmer and the Owl Records. We caught up with The Pinheads a few months back to talk about about the band and all things music check it out now.