‘On the utterly infectious Mechanical Injury, Melbourne’s Pinch Points blend the best elements of early Wire, The Fall, and Kleenex into a barbed-wire coil of sound that’s as loose and springy as it is dangerously serrated. Familiar elements abound—the warring spoken/sung male/female vocals, the obtuse-angle guitar lines—but it’s been years since they’ve been combined in a way that has felt as nervy and fresh as they do here. There’s a sense of anxious energy coursing through the tracks—like a band running at top speed to stay ahead of a bridge that’s collapsing beneath their feet. Take album standout “Jellybrain”: a few breathless apostrophes of guitar, some quick, slashing riffs, and then belted-out lyrics about the deadening effects of TV, all of them hurtling desperately toward the finish line. On “Teflon,” a guitar line flits and spasms over a rock-steady drum line, and on the manic closer “Ground Up – System Failure,” they stretch a single hiccupping riff across to the breaking point, fully collapsing at the one-minute-thirty mark before pulling out of the lurch and starting the cycle up again. What comes across on Injury more than anything is a pure, unfiltered sense of joy; make no mistake: the machine that’s causing the titular injuries is capitalism, and the band is far from thrilled about it. But they’ve found a way to merge protest music with party music—think “Rock Lobster,” if it were about overthrowing the government. Pinch Points put the “riot” back in “riotous.’
Joseph Keyes - Bandcamp
released October 26, 2018
Music written, recorded & mixed by Pinch Points.
Mastered by Calum Newton.
Cassette originally released by Roolette Records, Australia.
Pinch Points writes, rehearses, performs and records it’s music primarily in Naarm - Melbourne, on the lands of the Wurundjeri, people of the Kulin Nation.
Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded to the current « Australian » state, which will remain an occupying force and illegitimate state until sovereignty is acknowledged and treaty signed.
supported by 24 fans who also own “Mechanical Injury”
Music of remarkable precision and originality as much by the singular song, the precise and changing rhythm and the guitar / bass games out of the ordinary. But what I like most of all is the originality of the melody and the guitar chords. A great group that would benefit from being known all over the planet (punk) Rock !!! I love them! speedy ortiz
supported by 22 fans who also own “Mechanical Injury”
This sounds like it could have been released in any of the last 5-6 decades. Solid, tight songs that warm the soul. I’m picking up on a wide diversity of sounds, from The Pixies to Blondie. Really glad to have stumbled across these guys! Mister Anthrope