Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, heavy garage/punk rock outfit Needles//Pins unleash a robust and rousing self-titled fourth studio album today, May 28th.
Needles//Pins is available digitally on Dirt Cult Records’ Bandcamp right now. The physical format (limited black or gold vinyl) can also be ordered there, as well as at Dirt Cult Records for a mid-June shipment.
Rebel Noise is stoked to host the LP premiere in its entirety today.
Needles//Pins is a welcome and relatable full length piled high with power and passion, good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll grit, and punk rock spirit.
While the anthemic tracks are dusted with a grimy garage rock patina, they also brightened by some shiny melodics and solid songcraft.
While the rough aggressiveness and dynamics of the rock, post-hardcore, and punk genres are at the forefront, there’s also a strong tuneful streak that marks each song as the earworm melodies dig in deep.
Needles//Pins have released two singles so far.
Lead single, the vibrant and emphatic “A Rather Strained Apologetic” crashes through with bashed-up drumming, mellifluous to jagged guitar riffs, fast-running bass line, and vocalist and guitarist Adam Solomonian’s growled out exclamations.
Wall-shaker “Of Things Best Left to Chance” determinedly chugs along with emphatic drum strikes, resonant guitar reverberation, and low-end bass line. Solomonian’s gruff, but catchy vocals add a swaying weight to the too-brief number.
Organ notes and earnest vocals waver on mid-tempo rocker “Winnipeg ’03,” while slowly building “Gleamer” (with its working-class-themed lyrics) explodes into heartfelt shouts bolstered by sing-along harmonies.
“Baleful” plows right on through with whipped-up fervor and harmonic interplay, and next number “Grow” continues the fiery propulsion, this time with an elastic bass line, grungy guitars, and massively rebounding drum hits.
Solomonian gives some insight into the album’s creation, explaining, “This fourth LP is a return perhaps to the more straightforward energy of the first two full lengths. Not that the third LP was a great sonic departure, but this one feels more like us in a way.”
“This is the first record we have written as a four-piece and that extra presence certainly shows. It’s a good mix of two-minute power-pop sensibilities while still embracing new directions in songwriting.”
“Whether “good” or not, every record has had its own sound. This one is definitely more stripped down, but there’s also more going on from song to song in a way. Back to new kinds of basics.”