PINS – ‘Ghosting’ Track Review

PINS – ‘Ghosting’ Track Review

‘Ghosting’ is the fifth single from PINS’ forthcoming album, Hot Slick, due out at the end of May. With it, the Mancunian trio – singer/guitarist Faith Vern, bassist Kyoko Swan, and guitarist Lois MacDonald – cement the band’s movement towards the synth-heavy, disco-esque side of punk. There’s more than a suggestion of St. Vincent’s art-rock eponymous album, and Fat White Family’s dirty disco tracks found on Songs for Our Mothers. No surprise then that the track, and others on the forthcoming album, feature Fat White Family’s Nathan Saoudi on keyboards.

‘Ghosting’ starts off menacingly. The drums drive the affair before the track gains traction and builds into aggressively arpeggiated synth movements with a demanding beat and a simple yet effective bass line grounding it all. It’s hyperactive, unwilling to sit still – the song equivalent of a shaking leg that rocks the whole body. It feels like an incredibly caffeine-driven attempt at staving off a foreboding drunkenness, ever so slightly messy while remaining focused; out of sorts, disorienting, it dips in and out, almost absent-mindedly losing its way halfway through it’s run-time before the anthemically repetitive strains of the chorus kick back in.

‘Ghosting’ is brilliant: infectious and impossible to turn away from, dazzling and overwhelming, the song is akin to glitzy lights being shone into your eyes at point blank range. Coming off the back of the confident swagger of ‘After Hours,’ the jerky, loose fun of ‘Ponytail,’ the anthemic ‘Bad Girls Forever,’ and the darkly propulsive glam-punk of titular ‘Hot Slick,’ ‘Ghosting’ previews an album that should be hotly anticipated by anyone with even a passing interest in what albums may well, and should, take over the airwaves.

An edited version of this review can also be found at giglist.com