Manchester fiery four piece PINS make a post punk-esque racket as sharp sounding as their name. Faith, Anna, Lois, Sophie are the girls in the gang who've spent the last 12 months working hard on playing live and honing their ice-cool sound. They’ve released a string of sold-out cassette EPs, opened for US indie darlings Best Coast and Savages and have just confirmed the release of their debut album Girls Like Us on Bella Union for September.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 15 Jul 2013
  • min read
PINS are Faith, Anna, Lois, Sophie, a gang of girls who’ve attracted much music industry attention over the last 12 months with their broody guitar pop.

Their ice cool post punk sound is more Andy Warhol’s New York than traditional Manchester but has won them a dedicated following both in their home city and beyond.

The band have just confirmed the release of their debut album Girls Like Us on Bella Union in September and is the culmination of some hard graft on the band’s part since the release of the LuvU4Lyf EP.

They’ve played live gigs in disused office blocks, hotel basements and toured with the likes of other indie darlings Best Coast and Savages. An uber-limited gold cassette single released on their own Haus of Pins label also sold out in seconds before the band hooked up with Bella Union. They’ve gone on to play even more gigs across Europe and lose a member (previous drummer Lara) before spending a week at Liverpool's Parr Street Studios and recording their debut album.

Faith from the band said: ‘Girls Like Us isn't about being like us, it's about being yourself. I always wanted to be in a band, ever since I can remember, it's all I’ve ever wanted to do to ... our album may have been recorded and mixed in a week but it’s been dreamed about for years! We had to be ruthless but we've got each other’s backs, we don't let each other make bad decisions.’

The full list of tour dates surrounding the release of the album is below:

5 October – Sheffield, Harley
7 October – Bristol, Louisiana
8 October – Brighton, The Hope
9 October – London, Birthdays
10 October – Norwich, Hog in Armour
11 October – Newcastle, Cluny
12 October – Glasgow, Broadcast
15 October – Liverpool, Leaf
16 October – Birmingham, Bull's Head
17 October – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
24 October – Lille (France), La Peniche
25 October – Paris (France), Point Ephemere
26 October – Lyon (France), Le Sonic