Words: Amelia Callister
Featured last year on Little Indie's Roundtable with their debut single 'You Make Me Feel So Sick', London trio Pin Ups return with new single 'Do You Hate Yourself Yet?' which we are chuffed to premiere here.
Fusing the twisted sounds of 70s/80s post-punk, 90s grunge and a pop coating, 'Do You Hate Yourself Yet?' - "recorded in the wee hours of a Sunday morning with producer Scott Docherty" - propels itself along, cutting through a driving drum base, sharp guitar riffs and a catchy vocal line.
Lyrically, says singer and guitarist Josh Gibbs, the song deals with "the feelings after waking up from a particularly heavy night out, those of confusion, doubt and self-loathing, as you question why you do it to yourself, and who's that person over there?"
"It started out in life a fair bit slower and moodier - mainly using a string synth instead the guitars," he adds. "Kinda like Simple Minds! It’s pretty brutal now; must’ve got fucked off by something and started hacking away at the guitar. I sort of miss the 80s synth version, but this is way more interesting live. I’m usually deaf by the end of it..."
The band have also co-released a visual treatment for 'Do You Hate Yourself Yet?' which is below, directed by Josh Kay.
Says Gibbs: "We took ourselves out to a weird shed in the Norfolk countryside and hammered the song out for hours with our friend Josh filming and directing. There was a great juxtaposition between what was happening in there compared to the serenity outside."
Currently working on an EP with Rory Attwell (The Vaccines, Childhood, Veronica Falls) for release in the next months, you can in the meantime catch them live at the following:
28 Glasgow The Flying Duck w/ Rottenrows
29 Manchester Night & Day Cafe w/ LUUS (tbc)
06 Norwich Epic Studios w/ New Scientists + We'll Be Detectives
Pin Ups are: Josh Gibbs (vocals, guitar), Louis Baker (bass), Jesse Baker (drums).
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