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This band knows what it is doing – and it is easy to hear that.
Think of your favourite food. Got it? Good. Next question: did you personally invent that dish? No? That’s what we thought. And that is just about how the songs off Pinski’s debut album “Sound The Alarm” can be characterized: no need to reinvent the cake – it’s all in the icing, man! The Cologne-based outfit have enriched their album with a large portion of courage and even more versatility. That is how this inspired feast of musical treats was created.
In their current incarnation Pinski have existed only since 2016. At the time, songwriter and mastermind Insa Reichwein alias Pinski decided to infuse her already successful project with a radically new impulse and shake things up. Thereupon she started gathering a band of heavy hitters working the instruments. Since, those comrades-in-arms have supported her endeavours towards moulding the progressively influenced rock into the refreshing shape that listeners can now enjoy on the debut album “Sound The Alarm.”
Should one be reminded of established master chefs the likes of Porcupine Tree, Jane’s Addiction or Skunk Anansie here or there whilst consuming “Sound The Alarm,” that is by no means deception of the taste buds, after all Pinski know that everything has already been done in rock music. But let us put it this way: this band really knows how to put the icing on that cake!
The powerful riffing of American-born guitarist Ian Alexander Griffiths provides Pinski’s ingenious compositions with a heavy metal-edge. However, the heaviness neither takes away any of the delicate nuances of the songs nor does it weaken the joy of the music’s rhythmic accessibility. Along with Stephan Schöpe on drums and Christopher Streidt on bass Griffiths lays the foundation for the exciting big picture that is ultimately perfected by the mastermind’s very own ingredients: singing, screaming, and jamming out distorted riffs on her acoustic guitar, Pinski frontwoman Insa Reichwein is a hard rock songsmith who wears her heart on her sleeve.
The band’s debut consists of eleven songs that offer next to everything: from bite-sized rock canapés all the way to intricately woven progressive explosions in taste that spread over more than seven minutes. It does not take long until it is clear: the work on this album was not only defined by a precise approach but also by the passionate hunt for the perfect recipe. But still, if one described “Sound The Alarm” merely as a delicious as well as well thought out selection of musical pieces, that would be doing injustice to the record: just as a meal can be much more than just food, the truth in Pinski’s music lies much deeper than one might suppose at first glance.
Said depth, consequently, is particularly evident with regards to the lyrics. This record offers a collection of songs that leave no trace of a doubt that Pinski does not only closely observe our world, because, indeed she is deeply disaffected with what she sees. This album showcases a moral stance and is not afraid to stick up for it, which is a fact that becomes particularly unequivocal in the reproachful anger of the song entitled “Society.” And yet, after eleven stirring songs “Sound The Alarm” finishes on a hopeful note in “Light Calling.”
Pinski left nothing to chance for their debut album. That is why in Fabio Trentini (Guano Apes, Donots, H-Blockx) the band hired a producer who is as well-established as he is experienced. Trentini’s skill steered the sound of this young band into the desired direction. Thus “Sound The Alarm” does not only have powerful but also a fresh and an emotional sound to it. This band knows what it is doing – and it is easy to hear that.
The table is set, the feast is waiting to be devoured: we hope you will enjoy the experience!
|Label||Gentle Art Of Music|