Holy Pinto
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Holy Pinto

Manchester, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Manchester, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Indie




"Show Review"

Clicking into their set with a nervous energy, Manchester duo Holy Pinto! relish in charm and whimsy. They soundly tap into indie punk leanings and lyrically analyse in self-pity and anguish. Duos are a difficult formula to accomplish, but Holy Pinto! do very well here to a warm reception. Guitar and drums with yearning sombre vocals; a tight unit. There are kinks to be ironed out, yet for now they are sweetly poignant in their delivery here. - Already Heard


Still working on that hot first release.



Holy Pinto! aren't out to rule the world; they just want to see it all. Formed in July 2013 when longtime friends and bandmates Aymen (vocals, guitar) and Ryan (drums) set aside previous projects and combined their creative forces, Holy Pinto! aimed to do one thing: create something meaningful and share it with those who would listen. The Manchester duo just want to be heard, and pulling from such compelling influences as the Gaslight Anthem, The Weakerthans, and Brand New, they are worth the listen.

The band have already polished off two EPs since their recent formation. The first, titled Los Pintadores!, was released in September and showcases the ambitions and aspirations they hold dear, as opening track "Fairylights" explains: "In the warmth of a lonely room, with fairylights and rotting wood, well I know we're going to build something huge." It also introduces the listener to the band's honest, unpretentious, riffy style ("Nada").

The follow-up EP and the band's most recent work is titled Brunswick Mill and was released in October. Named after the abandoned, "weathered" cotton mill that has nevertheless endeared itself to the band as their practice space, Brunswick Mill is comprised of four short songs that are sticky as bubblegum and sometimes as sad as that place in which they were composed. Relaxed, mid-tempo opener "Mexico" contemplates the possibility of seeing the world through a windshield on a hypothetical touring road trip, while "Avianca" kicks up the pace and juxtaposes a rather less fortunate, real-life trip. The band switch up the pace again on "Elliott," a thoughtful and referential piece that reflects on the agony of a life torn between freedom and security, between wildest dreams and mundane reality. Closing number "Congratulations" pursues this line of thought as it desperately seeks a solution to an age-old dilemma: the risk of chasing a dream versus the comfort of keeping happy with what you have. "In the darkness I often find the light," Aymen tells the listener, "so I make the choice to close my eyes." 

Brunswick Mill is filled with both darkness and light, set against a nostalgic atmosphere that is perfectly rounded out by Ryan's excellent drumming. Packing sincerity and emotive storytelling, it's safe to say the band can put the darkness firmly behind them and look forward to a very bright future.

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