The sound that backs up The Pinstripes' reputation is one all to their own. Working tirelessly since 2003, they have crafted a niche for themselves in the local, regional and national music scene. Tight horns and an even tighter rhythm section, covered by soulful vocals make them a must-see act.
*COMING THIS WINTER, THE NEW FULL LENGTH LP, "THE PINSTRIPES - I" recorded in Chicago with Producer Anthony Abbinanti (the Drastics, MJ a Rocker). The album showcases the Pinstripes maturity, musicianship and lasting pop sensibilities.*
If you’re not having fun at a Pinstripes show, brothers and sisters, check for a toe tag. Your autopsy may already be in progress.
Winners of the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band, and 2010 nominees for Best Live Act, The Pinstripes don’t merely play Reggae and Soul music — they inhabit the sound like it’s a ramshackle house that’s keeping them alive. Tight but never slick, fun but never goofy, intense but never serious, The Pinstripes (a hard-touring band with a hard-won following) combine Reggae, Soul, Dub and Ska to create something that's genuinely lacking in a great deal of contemporary music: joy.
Throw out all the standard Rock crit hoohah; the Cincinnati sextet takes the raw ingredients of Studio One Reggae, first-, second- and third-generation Ska and an absolute flawless sense of Soul, seeds it, stems it and rolls it into an enormous spliff that's nothing short of pure, unadulterated exhilaration. You can tell that the Pinstripes are having an absolute stratospheric blast every time they’re on stage together and they transfer that feeling of unrestrained joy to the audience with an almost casual effort. But make no mistake; the Pinstripes are working overtime to generate that joy, and the work shows through every bit as clearly as the play. The band knows its shit and executes it with tighter-than-a-Republican’s-ass marching band precision but with swing and swagger to spare. If the Pinstripes are playing, you want to be there.
Might Be Her Fool
Written By: Mike Sarason
Well I was caught by the way she moved, and now I'm hanging on her every last breath,
So when she asks, "can I have this dance?", how the hell can I say anything but yes,
Well I've seen her type before, she's got all the right weaponry,
But I swore I would have no more, this girl could be the death of me,
Cuz when she smiles, I'd do most anything for her
She's got me stumbling, trying to keep my cool,
and yeah, she me might be up to something, I might be her fool
(He might be playing the fool), I might be her fool
And I was trapped when she moved her hips, I could feel her spell take over me,
And it was written all over her lips, she said, "why don't you come home with me?"
Well I thought by now I'd know, not to play with my own heart,
But I just could not let go, she had me tripping from the start,
Cuz when she smiles...
"The Pinstripes / I" 2012 (13 tracks / CD, 12" Vinyl)
"Sweet Lovin' Digital Single" 2010 (Free Download Only)
"Midwest Soundclash" - 2009 (3 tracks / 10" vinyl pressing)
"The Decay" - 2007 (10 Tracks / CD)
"Higher Ground" - 2006 (15 Tracks / CD)
"Acoustic EP" - 2006 (5 Tracks / CD)
"The Pinstripes" - 2005 (7 Tracks / CD)
Sets are variable in length, ranging anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours at longest. Standard set time is between 60 and 90 minutes. We perform primarily original music, with tasteful selected cover songs sometimes added to the mix.