There will always be someone repeating the familiar moan that rock and roll is dead, even when it certainly isn’t. And to do their part in laying this cyclical and wrong ideology to rest, Atlanta-based band The Pinx create a bombastic and rural pop-rock amplitude that shakes the surrounding geography. Built around the combined and considerable talents of singer-guitarist Adam McIntyre, guitarist Chance McColl, drummer Cayce Buttrey and bassist Charles Wiles, they’ve developed and refined their Southern-rock-meets-power-pop aesthetic to a point where influence is forgotten, and you just want to give in to some wild abandon.
Their latest record, “Sisters & Brothers,” is due out April 12 and finds them further exploring this cross section of blurred genres and unpredictable inspirations. Molded alongside producers Brian Carter and Joey Jones, the record is steeped in high volume churn, pop melodicism and a roughed-up rock belligerence. Moody and more introspective than their previous release, 2016’s “Freedom,” this album weaves an instantly memorable yet craggy portrait of contentious times and personal struggle. “‘Freedom’ was a party record,” McIntrye says, “but ‘Sisters & Brothers’ is for darker times.”
The band offers a glimpse into the pop-rock theatrics of the upcoming record with new single, “Magic Touch,” a stomping Cheap Trick-esque romp that melds their love of classic pop construction with an innate need to push their amps to the limit. Channeling the ferocious spirit of MC5 (and its leader Wayne Kramer, in whose current band McIntrye spend time as a guitarist) and the bucolic jams of The Allman Brothers Band, the song adheres to a particular pop magnitude that conveys both tactile experience and a volatile emotional landscape. There is plentiful light here, however, built around an underlying recognition of personal worth and hard-won understanding..
“I can dream up any number of infinite things, but I never would have been able to create the interplay between songwriters on my own, and I certainly would never have been able to craft something like the interplay Chance and I have throughout this song,” McIntyre explains. “He created this beautiful majestic solo, and I swooped in and treated his majestic solo like a playground of my own. I think my favorite moment on the album is that dual guitar solo, just to be a total guitar nerd about it."
McColl further elaborates: "I wrote a riff for the opening based on this descending note/chord pattern. Adam then came up with a guitar-through-a-Leslie-sound that completely complements it. The verse is upbeat, maybe even pop. The turnaround is ‘70’s KISS Paul Stanley/Ace Frehley. The solo is composed in movements, much like a classic Boston song. Adam then added some controlled frenzy on top of my melodic lines, culminating in (to me) a multilayered guitar epic."
Check out the densely layered, Southern power-pop eruption of “Magic Touch” below.