New kids on the block PINCH POINTS are already taking the local garage scene by storm and have a cassette coming out in July. Read on to learn more about these Artists of the Month, and maybe your new favourite band?
How did you all meet?
Our guitarists Adam and Jordan have been playing music together since 2012, and Acacia came into the picture through playing bass in Wasterr. Zev made his way into the Melbourne scene after moving here from Austin in 2016. We saw Zev’s other band Moon Rooney play with Culte at Tom Tom at Howler and then at Bush Festival and just had to ask him to join.
When did you start writing songs and making music? How did you get into it?
Adam got the idea for the band after he saw a ‘pinch points’ warning sign on the tray of a ute in 2017. It started with the name, and then a focus on machinery, and then we wrote songs to fit into that.
Where does Pinch Points get the ideas for their songs and do you have a process for writing them?
After we had our first few songs we started exploring the idea of society as a machine that crushes the people within it, and the idea that a machine will never do what you tell it to – it’ll only do what it’s made to do. A lot of the songs start just as a title, like the Band did, and then we just fit together whatever riffs and progressions we think fit together. After that we just nut out the mechanics of it with tempo, stops and starts and harmony parts as a band.
What kind of things do you like to write about?
Pretty much just the aforementioned Machine.
Who are some of the biggest influences on your music as a band?
The B52s, Talking Heads and a decent slice of hardcore and post-punk from south-east Asia and mainland Europe. St Vincent’s solo stuff (and her work with David Byrne) is always a good touchstone for us as well.
What do you like to do in your downtime when you’re not making music?
Acacia: find great local music to play on my radio show Kool Things (www.mixcloud.com/KoolThings/), muck around designing things on Photoshop (acaciapip.wordpress.com/), or just talk about the wonders of menstrual cups all day (no URL here, but all menstruating people should get one!)
Jordan: volunteer as the receptionist at PBS and occasionally fill in as a host, and help organise Bush Festival events.
Zev: I think about how the only good thing about the US is Mexican food and the level of irony in that.
Adam: Footy and trawling through punk music on Bandcamp.
What would be your dream line up to be a part of?
To play with a bunch of local legends like Tropical F*** Storm, Cable Ties and LAZERTITS <3
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Our first release, MECHANICAL INJURY, is coming out on cassette on the 15th of July through Roolette Records. The launch will be that night in the Tote band room with support from The Tropes, Lizard Queen and CB Radio. After that we’ll be playing more shows and writing more songs and making sure the Machine doesn’t run out of fuel.
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