NEEDLES // PINS - s/t LP
- Label: OTHER LABELS
- Catalog Number: DC147
- Availability: In Stock
Dirt Cult Records. Vinyl is mint, sleeve have a little dent on top left corner due to poor packing and postal service mistreatment.
Maybe it’s the endless pieces of soft, soothing music being described as
‘a soothing balm for the stresses of the pandemic age’, but don’t you
sometimes find yourself wishing for a solid rock’n’roll record to cut to
your core and send your fists soaring towards the sky? Okay, our
moshpits may not extend much further than the faces in our living rooms
right now, but goddamit, some of us really just want some punk rock to
help us feel alive.
Here’s where Needles//Pins’ mighty fourth album comes in. From the
surging rush of opener ‘Woe Is Us’ (sounds relatable), via the
organ-drenched scuffle of ‘Winnipeg ‘03’ right through to anthemic
closer ‘The Tyranny Of Comforts’, this is a record that takes your
emotional concerns and bundles them up into sweet little packets of
raw-throated, chest-swelling, moves-into-your-brain-and-never-leaves
They’re self-aware too; by referencing Cap’n Jazz’s ‘Little Leagues’ in
the opening verse to ‘A Rather Strained Apologetic’, they lay bare that
in a less complicated era you might have been tempted to call their take
on punk ‘emo’. Hey, come back - OK, it’s not a Jade Tree special, but
it’s got the same gravel throated delivery and honeyed approach to
melody that Blake Schwarzenbach delivered on
‘24 Hour Revenge Therapy’. Needles//Pins are equally indebted to
classic Canadian powerpop like The Pointed Sticks - hell, 1979’s
essential ‘Vancouver Complication’ comp feels as much of a reference
here as ‘Boxcar’. They know their history, they know their craft, and
they know their shit. If you’ve not been keeping count, this all adds up
to ‘plenty to love’.
Of course you could just ignore everything I just wrote and listen for
yourself. What you’ll find is a record that sounds simple on first
listen, but offers more layers to peel back the more you listen. It’s
comforting, it’s thrilling, it’s… well, it’s not a soothing balm, but it
might just be what you need right now to pick you up off the floor and
(as referenced on the aforementioned ‘Woe Is Us’) make you shake and
shimmer. A future classic? Hell, why not?
- Will Fitzpatrick
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