PINCH POINTS – ” Process “

Posted: January 8, 2023 in MUSIC

Melbourne’s Pinch Points released an excellent record of post-punk with their 2019 debut “Moving Parts” but their sophomore album, “Process”, takes their style of angular rock to another level. The band shines with their mostly shouted rotating female/male vocals as they deliver their opinion and bring more awarness to issues like Australia’s catastrophic bushfires, gendered violence, mental health struggles, First Nations incarceration and deaths in custody. Heavy stuff of course as Pinch Points deliver each of the 10 tracks here with the same level of passion you can find on classic Bad Religion or Dead Kennedy records. Pinch Points are fired up and “Process” will raise your heartbeat from their admirable directness.

It will make you give a damn and consistently return to its flawless rhythm changes. Pinch Points deserve any time you can give them!. I love the touch points that the song Reasons to be Anxious evokes, Ian Dury’s Reasons to be Cheerful and Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Anxiety. They sound more like the later ,but with some jaded humour of the former. Throw in some Minutemen and you’ve got a genius trifecta.

A peek into the Pinchverse and the making of Pinch Points’ second album “Process”. Contains: writing, recording, shit-talking, more writing, and a trip to play Golden Plains Festival.

As the album title suggests, “Process” is a commentary on structural collapse; the systemic failures and baked-in inequalities that are ravaging ecosystems, the mental health system, the gig economy workforce and all aspects of our lives. The title “Process” also recognises the emotions processed and channelled in the songs, as a collective expression of empathy and shared grief. A true collaboration, finding consensus from the experiences of four individual humans, Pinch Points embody music-making as an act of friendship and community, upholding the band’s shared belief in the music scene as a real-life platform for connection, strength and solidarity.

released March 18th, 2022

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