The Pinx -“Electric!” EP
(Self-Release Aug 14th 2020)
“I was just straight-up shooting for Hellacopters and Led Zeppelin. I’m a blues guitarist in a rock band.” – Adam McIntyre of The Pinx
Whether or not the above amounts to a confession, Adam McIntyre’s declaration of direction amounts to an intriguing version of the Atlanta-based band’s trademark duelling guitar sound, as last heard on its third album Sisters & Brothers, released in 2019. That record was critically praised, and rightly so, but maybe a few songs on it made too much of an impression for McIntyre’s liking?
“I’m reluctant to ever pick up a slide again,” he says, going on to more colorfully describe how much he really believes that statement. Essentially, this time the duels draw blood. But, instead of reading about it, just listen to “Electric!” scheduled for release on Aug. 14th.
It’s right there where the sex meets the road. An EP in length only, this thing will wear you out in five quick numbers.
“We deliberately created the most lean, energetic rock guitar-fest that Chance (McColl, Lead Guitar and Vocals) and I could muster,” McIntyre says. “Chuck (Wiles, Bass and Backing Vocals) and brought the thunder to our lightning and I feel like my singing on this EP puts my best rock foot forward. My solos are some of the favourites I’ve ever recorded, too.”
Comparing the cover art of this EP to the band’s previous LP, McIntyre offers a perfect analogy: “Electric!‟ is the black leather jacket to the brown leather jacket of Sisters & Brothers.”
Hey, it’s all cow, and McIntyre isn’t disavowing his last record, he might just feel a bit over having his sound pigeon-holed. It’s only natural, considering the varied sonic paths he has travelled this year since the onset of the pandemic.
In just the first half of 2020, McIntyre has written and recorded three albums of solo material with varying styles and concepts. He’s a blues guitarist when he’s not in a rock band, too, as the first of these records The Devil Got My Soul! shows. The third, as-yet-unreleased album “will largely be about becoming nobody,” McIntyre recently told hometown paper Creative Loafing, and is “based on Ram Dass’s talks on ego vs. identity vs. the soul.”
Even with all of this seemingly unending solo music-making going on, McIntyre is also in the midst of writing the fourth full-length Pinx album, which will likely be on the horizon soon if the process for “Electric!” is any indication.
“I just sat down and wrote this record with Chance when it came time,” he says. “All the music and lyrics were there within a few weeks. Nobody really told anybody else what to play, everyone knew what to do.”
“I figured if Greta Van Fleet can so transparently graft Led Zeppelin onto their songs, I should be able to get away with it.”
Just don’t ask this dude to pick up a slide in the near future.
The Pinx Are:
Adam McIntyre: Lead Vocals and Lead Guitar
Chance McColl: Lead Guitar and Vocals
Chuck Wiles: Bass and Backing Vocals
Cayce Buttrey: Drums and Backing Vocals
The Pinx Links:
Watch “Mercy” On YouTube: https://youtu.be/g0h6
Watch “Southern Gentleman” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PhYT
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