The TINS – ” Clearly Not Zen “

Posted: December 25, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Buffalo three-piece The Tins have come far since their early days in an underground practice space at New York State’s Binghamton University. Praised by the New Musical Express, Magnet, and Paste Magazine and a staple of entrepreneur Sean Parker’s Hipster International Playlist on Spotify, the band melds flecks of art rock, new wave, and post-punk with massively catchy alternative rock foundations. While Modest Mouse producer Joe Blaney helmed their 2012 full-length album, Life’s a Gas, The Tins return to self-production for their latest EP, Young Blame. Young Blame explores themes of movement, says the band: “moving forward, moving on, moving into the unknown, regardless of the consequences.”

Describing the influences behind the song, The Tins suggest “Clearly Not Zen” is, “a song about not getting over the past.  It’s the “what if” apology that you’re too stubborn to make… yet as long as you keep it inside you’re kind of trapped in your thoughts… and you’re clearly not zen”. Featuring the vocal debut of drummer Dave Muntner, musically, “Clearly Not Zen” is a slinky beast, all reverberating bass and bright, meandering guitar flourishes. A fitting way to sign off a triumphant 2017 for the band, many years into their musical careers, The Tins have never sounded better.


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