PINS are excited to share 'Kiss Me Quickly (it's Christmas)', a song taken from a Christmas compilation curated by the band, featuring the likes of Shinies, September Girls, Brown Brogues and Post War Glamour Girls, to be released on their Haus of PINS label. Proceeds from the compilation go to SWAP, an organisation helping asylum seekers and refugees. "The idea behind it, at risk of sounding lame, is just to give something back," says Faith, inspired by her grandfather, who at 81-years-old continues to volunteer for the charity. "It's hardly being Mother Teresa, but you know, it's all helping a good cause."
Though 2013 will be remembered fondly by post-punk scrappers PINS, having seen the breathless monochrome guitar pop of their debut album Girls Like Us win rapturous reviews upon release in September, the recording of said album didn't exactly begin in the rosiest of personal circumstances for the Manchester four-piece. "All of us, simultaneously, were reeling from failed relationships, so we moved into a house together dubbed Heartbreak Hotel," says vocalist Faith Holgate. It was here they drew a much needed line in the sand under those collapsed romances, writing 'Waiting For The End', a frantic emotional exorcism dripped in spit, sweat and redemption. "It's our one and only break-up song."
A firm live favourite, released as a single to coincide with the group's upcoming December tour dates, 'Waiting For The End' catapults to completion in two minutes of punk guitars buried in gritty distortion, cooing backing vocals and slurred bass lines, while Faith roars: "it's too bad that we are done." That might be so, but by the blistering sound of Waiting For The End, Pins are too tough a rebel unit to mope around. Fast and feverish, it's a wailing liberation song for the heartbroken and hopeless, picking them from the floor by the scruffs of their necks, dusting them down and telling them it's time to move on.
Fresh from supporting Warpaint on a brief trek around the UK, PINS play the following dates in December:
4 December - Eire, Cork, The Pavilion
5 December - Eire, Limerick, Bourkes
6 December - Eire, Dublin, Workmans Club
7 December - Eire, Galway, Roisin Dubh
12 December - Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge Trades Club
13 December - Manchester, Deaf Institute
14 December - London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (w/ Dum Dum Girls)
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.