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Music Editorial

pins20.jpg Pining for PINS

Manchester’s PINS are one of my favourite indie-guitar bands of the last 10 years and – praise be! – they’re visiting Sunderland in February.

I got on board with PINS about five years ago when they released their wondrous ‘Wild Nights’ album (which is always hovering near the top of my ‘Songs That’ll Never Let Me Down’ playlists). It was a perfect amalgamation of Hole-like, rat-a-tat-tat oomph, My Bloody Valentine fuzz and buzz, and surf-rocking suss and sass. They were a four-piece back then (or were there five of them?), but these days they seem to operating under a more streamlined trio. Since that second album they’ve done stuff with Iggy Pop (but of course they have) and supported the likes of Maximo Park. I’ve seen them live a number of times (including that Maximo Park tour where they matched the local heroes for sheer energy) and they really know how to knock it out of the park when up on stage. And I imagine that will still be the case when they visit Independent in Sunderland this February. Can’t wait.

PINS, Friday 28 February, Independent, Sunderland, 7.30pm, £10. independentsunderland.com