Pins @ DC9 - 6/29/15

Manchester, UK-based PINS may have seemed like a buzz band when they first appeared on the scene in 2012; The Guardian called them “exactly the sort of group the music papers would have been fighting over more than 20 years ago” before they had even released their debut single (“Shoot You”). But with the release in early June of their second album, Wild Nights, they have shown themselves to have longevity, with their riot grrrl-meets-indie pop sound upping the sophistication, while still maintaining its edge.

Opening with “Lost Lost Lost” from their 2013 album Girls Like Us, the band launched into a 14-song set which leaned heavily on the new material, with the first single from the latest album, “Young Girls,” along with equally single-worthy tracks “Baby Bhangs” and “Dazed By You” as highlights. Guitarist Lois MacDonald jumped around the stage, stood on amplifiers, and even wandered out into the audience for a song, and singer Faith Vernon invited audience members onto the stage to dance during a closing cover of The Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments.” Bassist Anna Donigan and drummer Sophie Galpin kept the driving rhythm section going, and recently-added fifth member Kyoko Swan filled in the textures on the keyboards. The band didn’t ignore their earlier material though, including “Girls Like Us,” “Get With Me,” and “Waiting For the End” from their first album, as well as early EP track “LuvU4Lyf.”

PINS Faith Vernon at DC9  - 6/29/15 (photo by Matt Condon)

Brooklyn-based Beverly, a band that sounds very much like PINS, opened the show. Originally formed as a side-project of Drew Citron and Frankie Rose while touring for Rose’s album Herein Wild, the band has grown into a full-time project for Citron. The band played several songs from their debut album Careers – “Honey Do,” “You Can’t Get It Right,” and “Madora” – along with several songs which Citron noted are slated for their second album which they are currently recording.

All photos by Matt Condon. Click to embiggen.