The Pinheads, the seven wayward children of Wollongong’s thriving rock ‘n’ roll scene, reveal the details of their long-awaited, self-titled debut album, set for release on Friday May 12 on Farmer & the Owl via Inertia Music. Alongside this announce, the South Coast hellraisers share a string of national tour dates and an energetic new track “Gimme Back”, which comes with an outlandish visual treatment complete with infernal scenes reminiscent of 1973 horror classic The Wicker Man.
“Gimmie Back” joins earlier singles “Wildfire” and “Fight or Flight” across nine fast-paced, lo-fi and unmistakable ‘Pinnies’ tracks.
Writing for the album began in the deep hinterlands of Northern NSW, where The Pinheads isolated themselves away from the distractions and mundanity of normality, changing the course of their creative process and allowing them to hone their songwriting skills. The band returned home to record at the Pinshed Sound Laboratory, their corrugated iron shed, an ex horse stable in the bush. The album was recorded by frontman Jez Player, and mixed by Owen Penglis (Royal Headache, The Grates, Straight Arrows).
The Pinheads are Jez & Luke Player, Al Webster, Tanya Avanus, Tex Crick, Chris Zanko & James Kates - 7 mates, who over games of cheap bowling and a shared music taste, accidentally formed a band in the latter half of 2013. Each got hold of what they refer to as “an assortment of shitty instruments and strange recording equipment”, a move which eventually culminated in their 2015 EP, I Wanna Be A Girl. Since that time, The Pinheads have established themselves as an enigma for their ability to imagine a world more surreal than the one in which we exist and bring it to their music and art - known for their DIY ethos, weird and wonderful handcrafted film clips and distinctive artwork.
The past year has also seen them gain notoriety as a band with one of the most electrifying live shows on this side of the planet, including selling out shows in Sydney and Newcastle on a joint headline tour with Drunk Mums, a support of the UK’s Fat White Family, and a spot on the Yours & Owls Festival. The coming months are set to prove that holding back has never been The Pinheads forte, with the album release in May coinciding with shows supporting The Murlocs and Bleeding Knees Club, followed by a headline tour in June which will see them menace the cities of Australia before jumping the ditch to shock the good people of New Zealand.
Sat June 17th - The Lair, Sydney (ALL AGES) Tickets
Thu June 22nd - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane Tickets
Fri June 23rd - Shark Bar, Gold Coast Tickets
Sat June 24th - The Northern, Byron Bay FREE ENTRY
Fri June 30th - The Chippo, Sydney Tickets
Sat July 1st - Workers Club, Melbourne Tickets
Sat July 8th - Unibar, Wollongong Tickets
Thu July 13th - Valhalla, Wellington Tickets
Fri July 14th - Tatara St, Taurang Tickets
Sat July 15th - Whammy Bar, Auckland Tickets