The past two years have seen a packed out touring schedule for Manchester’s PINS, supporting the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Drenge, The Subways, Best Coast and Honeyblood, as well as killing it at their own headline shows and festival appearances. It’s perhaps not too surprising then that a relentless run of gigs has become a source of inspiration for their newest project.

The band’s latest release Bad Thing is a five track EP-meets-short film documenting the weirdness of life on the road. Latest track ‘All Hail’ sees the five-piece pick up where their surreal video for ‘Aggrophobe’ (which featured Iggy Pop on vocals) left off, to create a piece of dark dream-rock performed in a red-tinted basement.

With the full EP due out this week and a headline show at Moth Club next month, PINS are set for big things. Here they run us through five of their most inspirational tracks.


Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing

This is one of our favourite Iggy songs, and The Idiot is my favourite of his albums. We saw him playing live at SXSW 2016 and he played this track! The show was great, and later that year we got to do a track with him!


Fat White Family – Duce

Last time we were in America we did a road trip from Las Vegas out to a tiny place called Rachel which is really near Area 51. We drove for hours through nothing but desert – as the sun started coming down, and we started to feel very aware of how isolated we were, this was the perfect soundtrack.

PJ Harvey – Rid of Me

I love this track and I used to play it with my friend in another band, but I also played this song for Faith and Anna the first time I went to Jam with them.

The Fall – Blindness

Late night on the road in the van favourite. The Fall are one of my favourite bands. We got to play with them in London which was amazing. That bass riff tho.

The Belles – Come Back

Part of the Girls in the Garage records, The Belles are a 60’s garage band that did only a couple of recorded tracks, ‘Come Back’ being one of them. Garage girls rule. We did a cover of this track too.


Live: Moth Club – 19th April
Buy: PINS – Bad Thing