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Josh from Pinstripe (Brad Wakefield)
Josh from Pinstripe on stage

Review: Critic Killer by Pinstripe

Jonathan Bennett
Pinstripe, from Shepton Mallet, released their Critic Killer EP in February 2006. BBC Somerset's Jonathan Bennett checks it out.


I'm guessing by the name of this EP that I had better be pretty careful over what I write in this review.

Thankfully for me, reviewing this record has given me as much pleasure as I had listening to it.

Critic Killer

Pinstripe
Louis from Pinstripe

I have heard quite a bit about Pinstripe before, and always compared them with the likes of Coldplay in their style of music.

However, I was in for a shock from the start of this CD, with the title song Critic Killer bursting into my ears.

The energy of this track, and the very clever control through lyrics and musical ability, immediately sets this band apart from many others breaking through in Somerset at the moment.

The Only One

The energy continues through track two, The Only One, where you are dragged into the more personal side of Pinstripe.

It is a side, though, which has the successful balance of finding yourself recognising the emotions, as well as appreciating the feelings that went into forming it.

The Only One is a great song, with some addictive riffs. If I'd had a few drinks before listening to it, I could have easily played along on my air guitar.

This Feeling Inside

The final track, This Feeling Inside, is the style of music I most associate this band with.

Liam from Pinstripe (Brad Wakefield)
Liam from Pinstripe on stage in Wells

It's a lot slower, a lot more melodic, and has the same kind of unique finesse about it which classic tracks from bands like Keane and Coldplay have.

I could quite easily see myself standing in a huge crowd of people singing along to this one.

One of the many good things that come from this EP is the style and diversity that Pinstripe show - and that is only from three songs!

I eagerly await any album they may record, and if the rest of the tracks are anywhere near as good as this EP, then all I can say is: "Watch out Arctic Monkeys - there is another band breaking through."

I conclude this review with some of the lyrics from the title song Critic Killer, which I really think sums up just where Pinstripe are at the moment: "Be yourself, it's who you are. Be yourself, yeah you'll go far."

And they certainly will!

To find out more about Pinstripe, listen to an interview with the band, and listen to live tracks, click on this link:

last updated: 21/02/06
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chelsea
dudes u guys are totally ausum wooooooooooooooooo!!!

looserchild
one word ROCKS xxxxx

critic killer
paul ur a doughnut keep ur terrible views to ur self please pinstripe totally rock xxx

Chris
Paul Overrated. hmm.... try... FANTASTIC!! AWESOME!! JUST GENERALLY INCREDIBLE... 'A' GRADE SONGS!

Nicole
you guys are awesome keep it up

jessica sarah blackmore
i think josh is so sexy luv ya xxxxx

Amy
I'm a huge fan of these guys. They're so talented & will go far with their music. Good luck guys. xxxxxxxx

Paul
Overrated.

Fi x
u guys rock my sox! love ya u r amazin 4 ur age?! well keep up da gd work n wher u play i'll b sure 2 b der!! xx

sapphire
i think the albam is amazin, totaly brill...lol

matty
lousta is the sexiest man in the world and the band r great

Mrs Nesbitt
Pinstripe are just 16! Where will they be in a few years time with material like this - totally brilliant and the music these guy's play is appreciated by all ages.. Can't wait til the Album comes out. X

james
its awesome, the guitar riff in critic killer is incredible, huge compliments should go to your guitarist for writing and playing such a range of incredible parts on the whole cd, as to the rest of the band - how you came up with those vocal melodys is beyond me - i love it, pinstripe are gunna be huge. 15 yr old bodys with the minds of a 40 yr old

Jessiebaby!!
awwwww boys!! Thats all i have 2 say!! xxxxxxxjessiebabyxxxxxx

steve
yeh ive got it, its excellent, great sound good luck with everything in the future steve

stacey
I love their music. Its great. x

Ai Music
Agree with every word. RAN TO THE SHOPS BUY THIS EP...... NOW!!!

Ashton
Lovin ur ep! U guys rock my world. Cant wait 2 see n hear more of u! xoxox

critic killer
wicked ep im da real critic killer

GYSTON
Tis very gd get it NOW

Steff
i love the ep! its amazing those guys are really talented and i know they will go far!

smith
sweet boys! keep rocking!

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