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.
|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 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: