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Pin Up

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Pin Up: EP Review"

Pop/rock band from Montreal, who released their self-titled debut EP in July of this year. Consisting of five, very professional sounding tunes, the EP is a refreshing and interesting journey through their own brand of Canadian rock, each song giving off totally different vibes and influences to the next. ‘Wake Me Up’ features a searing pop chorus, as does ‘Let Up’ and ‘Letter After Letter’, yet the latter two carry far more of an indie approach. ‘Wedding Song’ and ‘Faded’ are the couple of token slower songs that every EP has, and are arguably the ones which show off the vocals the best, bringing the EP to a gentle conclusion. An awesome blend of indie pop and rock, to satisfy both your inner hipster and guilty pop pleasures. - Discover Indie Alternative Music

"Pin Up: EP Review"

Montrealers Pin Up hearken back to a certain sound, but not that of of the retro Betty Grable archetype conjured by their name: rather, they trade in the slick power chords and punchy drums of late 90s and early-aughts rock. Their self-titled EP, which sees release after several years of writing, tinkering and production, positively gleams with studio polish: thick waves of multi-stacked guitars in the Foo Fighters style, arena-ready drums that pump with compressed energy, and vocals with just the right balance of shimmer and edge. Dynamics are strictly of the loud-and-louder variety pretty much throughout. This debut EP is certainly crafted well enough to make the statement that Pin Up are going into the fray ready to play with the big boys.

The songs on the Pin Up EP largely commit to hard-charging power pop, built to grab in the verses and explode to full throttle in the choruses – a feat largely accomplished by the strong-willed vocals of lead singer Sam Martel. Though her lyrics are forcefully delivered, Martel trades the wicked bite of a Courtney Love or Shirley Manson for a definitely pop-honed clarity, one that excels in the rushing moments of crescendo that these songs often call for. “Letter After Letter” and the fuzzier, darker-toned “Let Up” are solid examples of the band’s energetic style, blending poppy melodic hooks and soaring vocals with driving rock arrangements.

Pin Up gets points for being a debut offering that makes what some might consider the meat and potatoes sounds of alternative rock feel charismatic and vital, as well as being quite solidly produced. It does suffer a bit from sameyness: only on the closing track, “Faded,” do Pin Up turn down the gain and opt for a ballad instead of attempting a barn-burner, and the choice feels like either a concession or a bid for crossover appeal. Such is the challenge with an EP: in the narrow span of a few tracks, a band must choose either to stick to their guns or show off their range. Pin Up do their best work here when they take the former route. - Gray Owl Point

"Les Debuts d'un Band Prometteur"

Pin Up est formé de trois membres : Sam Martel (voix), Collin Steinz (basse et guitare) ainsi que Philippe Thibault (batterie). L’opus a été enregistré, mixé et produit par Ryan Szawlowski et Bill Szawlowski (Ventura Digital Audio).

Leur lancement était un doublé initiatique : une première galette offerte au monde et un premier concert en carrière. Une carrière? Oui, pourquoi pas?

La recette est assez efficace sur cet album pour que la suite s'annonce prometteuse.

Wake Me Up est la première piste du EP. La voix de Sam Martel, jeune, claire, rayonnante, ouvre en force. Bien ficelées, bien tassées, les mélodies sont entraînantes, punchées et énergiques. On se croirait dans un film d’ado : c’est pop et convaincant.

On s'imagine facilement au bal de finissants, nous dandinant, sautant ici et là, enlaçant maladroitement notre partenaire.

La seconde piste, Let up, a un côté plus rock et groundé et la basse est plus présente. La chanson parle de lâcher prise, de faire ce qu’on veut sans le jugement des autres. La musique est très accrocheuse avec les refrains pop et les « oh oh oh » lancés avec parcimonie et doigté.

Embarque probablement leur meilleur hit soit la chanson Letter after letter, que je préfère entre toutes. L’ambiance est supérieure, plus aboutie, plus pop-rock que jamais. La basse est toujours aussi solide et supporte la voix à merveille. Il y a une belle envolée du côté de la batterie au deux tiers de la chanson qui donne une touche rock plus intense. Il y a aussi une affirmation, une prise en charge assumée dans les paroles.

Dans une couleur plus ballade (on n'en attendait pas moins de cette chanson vu son titre) Wedding song, offre une alternative au son rock proposé précédemment. La voix de Sam Martel est encore mise de l’avant, mais on a tôt fait de se faire rattraper par le rythme de la batterie.

Faded est une piste encore plus ballade que la dernière chanson : « I lay in your bed just to sleep by your side / cause I need you, I need you. »

L’instrumentation en général est simple, mais bien solide. Il y quelques envolées ici et là avec de belles idées bien exécutées.

Plusieurs artistes pourraient être jaloux d’un premier EP aussi bien produit et réalisé. Il n’y a pas beaucoup d’imperfection, l’opus rentre au poste.

Malheureusement, on peut remarquer que le trio n’a pas expérimenté outre mesure. Ils ne se sont pas mis en danger, préférant livrer un pop-rock honnête et lisse. On risque probablement de voir ce groupe décoller assez facilement.

-Alex Turcotte - BRBR TFO

"Introducing Pin Up"

“We’ve spent the last three years in a box of an apartment writing music,” says Montreal based trio Pin Up, “then we left for Europe, and when we came home our record was ready.” And so apparently, are they. Chomping at the bit to share three years worth of work in the form a their debut EP, Pin Up are sounding the wake up call that they’re ready for their close up. “Wake Me Up” is the band’s second Bandcamp released single, and is a laser sharp cut of steel-eyed pop rock, following “Letter After Letter”, released on the first day of 2015. - Quick Before It Melts

"Friday Find: Pin Up"

For those who like: Buffalo Tom, Letters To Cleo

Montreal's Pin Up have only released two singles to this point, but they show some tremendous oomph, reminiscent of the best of '90s alternative/Power Pop. The group is aiming for the release of their debut EP in May.

Listen to "Wake Me Up" here. - Snob's Music


Letter After Letter (Single) - Released January 1st, 2015
Wake Me Up (Single) - Released February 27th, 2015
Let Up (Single) - Released May 9th, 2015
Pin Up (Self Titled EP) - Released July 24, 2015



Pin Up has worked to find a sound that combines pop/rock elements with an honest, raw approach to the instrumentation and lyrics, and brings a sound that is refreshing to the mainstream pop archetype. Hailing from Montreal they released their debut EP in July of 2015, they have since been on the touring throughout Quebec and Southern Ontario. 

Having signed with Ventura Digital Audio to an artist development deal in 2012, Pin Up was fortunate enough to work directly along side Ryan Szawlowski, and Adisq award winning engineer Bill Szawlowski, who has over 30 gold and platinum records to his name.

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"Chomping at the bit to share three years worth of work in the form a their debut EP, Pin Up  are sounding the wake up call that they're ready for their close up." - QUICKBEFOREITMELTS.CA

"An awesome blend of indie pop and rock, to satisfy both your inner hipster and guilty pop pleasures." -DiscoverIndieAlternativeMusic

"Hard-charging power pop, built to grab in the verse, and explode to full throttle in the choruses." - GRAYOWLPOINT.COM

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